Jake Harrison’s early season good form just failed to inspire the Brechin Buccaneers Cricket Club under-15s to a second successive win at a scenic Dalnacraig ground Dundee last week.
The Buccs team were asked to bat first and again showed what a good opening pair they have in Wiggy Robertson and Ryan Proctor, both showing some showroom shots that had the Dundee team on the back foot.
However, as last week, when one wicket falls the mechanics of the team seem go into meltdown, with first Proctor, Valentine and then captain Bisset all falling cheaply leaving Harrison to come in to join Robertson in the middle, both knowing much had to be done to repair the innings.
They first played out the dangerous Hardie and then got stuck into the second string bowlers, Robertson going on to score an impressive 27 and Harrison a quick 14 to leave the home team chasing 79 to win.
Harrison and Bisset opened the attack and, although they were using a second-hand ball, the Dundee openers could not get any runs, with Bisset giving away five runs and Harrison only two off of the first eight overs, leaving the home team needing almost six an over to get close to the Buccs score.
Then the rails came off the tracks. The Dundee team, with all their wickets intact, let loose on some poor Brechin bowling.
An astonishing 68 runs were scored off of eleven overs and although the fielders tried their best they couldn’t stop the opposition reaching their target with eight balls left.
Brechin - 78 for six (Robertson 27; Harrison 14); DHS - 79 for three (Hardie 30).
While the juniors were in Dundee the seniors took on Montrose in the Two Counties Cup.
A polished performance, especially with the ball, means they now have a journey to either Forfarshire or Arbroath in the next round.
Fielding first the Guthrie Park bowlers, Thomson, Walker, McIntosh and Holland, all contributed in bowling out the home team for what looked like a poor total of 63 with Joe McIntosh’s three for 13 the stand-out performance.
At 27 for four panic may have set in but experience means a lot in this form of cricket and Barker and Walker have buckets of it and they both easily steered the team to victory with six overs to spare.
Montrose - 63 all out (McIntosh three for 13; Holland three for 30); Guthrie Park - 64 for four (Barker 33 not out; Walker; 13 not out).
This week’s match sponsor was Mackie Motors.