On a surprisingly warm summer’s afternoon, the unbeaten Brechin Buccaneers played host to a youthful looking Forfarshire XI at Guthrie Park looking to build on an excellent start to the season.
This may have been easier had it not been for two last minute call-offs on the morning of the game and one just seconds before the scheduled start.
Skipper Barker won the toss and elected to put his makeshift side into bat first.
The normal opening batsman, Galt, was dropped down the order to accommodate his recent poor run of form.
The side started with Holland and Masterton the new opening pair.
This was to be no master class, as Holland went early, chipping the ball straight to the waiting fielder for four.
Enter the captain and together with Masterton, the pair began to put together a semblances of an innings as they dabbled in some big hitting and jogged singles.
But just when thing started turning for the home side, Masterton was undone by a ball that can only be described as too quick for him.
With Barker still looking on form, Galt entered the fray looking to put some runs on the board.
But his poor run of form continued as he chose to chip the ball straight to an awaiting fielder for seven.
Things went from bad to worse as Walker came and went, bowled and caught for three.
With the score now at 34 for four, things looked bleak but when Robertson joined Barker they brought the total past 50 before Wiggys stay came to an end.
Harrison and the returning Nicoll didn’t really trouble the scoreboard, other than making the wickets column increase.
Instead, it was left to Best, Kyle Walker and Jordan Nicoll to try to amass some valuable runs.
When the captain departed for 41 it looked as if all was lost but some hefty blows from the willow of Best took the Buccaneers score line to 108 before they were all dismissed.
After tea, the Buccaneers knew they would have to strike early if they had any chance of secure a third consecutive victory.
In a shocking move Harrison was forced to run up the hill into the wind and Galt changed ends to down the hill with the wind at this back, but this would have no benefits as both appeared to struggle with bowling a decent length.
Things may have been different if catches had been taken early on.
A spectacular effort from Kyle Walker was probably the best effort of the game as he threw himself fully at a ball that many, if not most on the park, would have thrown themselves out of the way of.
Unfortunately his efforts only resulted in the ball cannoning off his arm and smashing its way into the boundary fence.
Brechin finally made a breakthrough when Holland was introduced into the attack and he removed Cameron for 32.
This change was just a little late for the home team as their lackluster effort in the field continued.
For the first time this season, heads began to drop and even a further wicket could not lift spirits.
Forfarshire batsman Christian reached his half century shortly before the victory total was reached for the loss of only two wickets.
A spokesperson for the Brechin Buccanneers cricket club commented: “In the end, the call-offs hurt the Buccaneers deeply.
“The Strathtay insurances’ man of the match only really had two nominees this week with Barkers 41 runs a close second to the fielding efforts of young Kyle Walker.”