New cricket season is finally underway

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The cricket season kicked off at Guthrie Park after teams playing under the Buccaneers banner had to sit out May due to the weather.

All three teams - Kwiks, Under-15s and Seniors - had varying results over the past week with two emphatic wins and one heavy defeat.

On Tuesday, the Buccaneers Kwik Cricketers took on the winners of the Clubs School Festival, The Strathnot Strikers, in a friendly match.

The club’s youngsters showed that they could produce that little bit extra when it mattered with good performances from Rowan, Kyle and Cameron with bat and ball.

There was also a great catch from the comeback king Hayden Church who showed some of the regulars how to hold on to the ball when the opportunity arose.

Due to a shortage of available members three of Tuesday’s successful team were drafted into the Under-15s side to take on their Forthill counterparts last Thursday.

However, this was to be a mighty different match.

The home team won the toss and decided to bat and it was easy seen why as they tore into the Brechin bowlers with no fewer than 15 boundaries being scored during their innings with only Stewart Anderson taking any credit by taking two wickets in his first effort at this age group.

Although knowing the result was already sealed the Buccaneers batsmen were in no mood just to sit and wait for the inevitable. They showed great resolve and good technique to score a creditable 60 for three in their 20 overs with good knocks form Steven, Ronan and a quick 10 off five balls from Dec at the death.

Finally at a sunny Guthrie Park on Sunday the seniors took on local rivals Montrose in a Second Divison (North) fixture. The home team found themselves with a played three won two record with the two wins resulting because their scheduled opponents failed to muster a team so the points were given to the Brechin team.

As both teams clearly wished to play this fixture both captains went out to the toss with the away team asking the Buccaneers to pad up and bat first.

After a couple of early wickets it looked as if the Coasters’ decision had been a good one however when Galt was joined at the square by captain Barker it turned the game on its head.

A partnership of 50-plus was finally broken with Galt out scoring 70, leaving Barker to carry on, unlucky not to make a ton being caught in the deep for 83.

A quick 27 from Rico Lubbe at the end rubbed salt into the wound with a total of 229 for five the highest total scored by a Brechin side for more than five years.

Then the bowlers decided to get in on the act with Thomson (two for 21) Harrison (three for 30) and Holland (three for 40) backed up with an economic (eight runs off of five overs) from Lubbe. A blast from the past from Dougie Walker (one for eight) had the Montrose team in deep trouble with only captain Thorogood with a defiant 42 putting up any resistance.

The home team ran out with a 115-run victory.

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