Strong bowling performance ensures Buccaneers victory

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Brechin Buccaneers cricket team played host to Dundee side Dalnacraig on Sunday, knowing a win was needed to retain their current league position.

Skipper Barker won the toss and elected to bat first on a rather lush green track.

The returning Johnstone formed an opening partnership with the skipper, who was keen to put the misery of last week’s first ball behind him.

But again the captain fell for nothing as his hard time with the bat continued and he was soon back in the hutch.

Johnstone fell just a number of balls later as more bad news hit the dressing room and some of the senior players looked for rain to save the day.

Holland came next and there would be no Spanish return for him either as he departed clean bowled for two.

With the scoreboard now reading three for three, the runaway Dalnacraig bowling attack now sensed blood and began dreaming of record breaking figures.

Galt was caught behind for four and many now thought this was the point of no return. Any confidence in the dressing room at the start of play was now dead in the water.

However, the young Buccaneers were not prepared to roll over and lay down and did everything they could to get back into the game.

Harrison and Vishalan started the resurrection and took the fight to the opposition. Playing back good deliveries and dispatching the wild ones. Vishalan eventually fell for five but the fight back had begun.

Things were getting better and it looked like batting the overs out would be the name of the game. That was until Williams came to the crease.

In only his second game, he put some of his senior counterparts to shame. The high flyer with the bat used up many lives on his way to 12 before he was finally bowled out.

Viswan came next and the pair added vital runs to the scoreboard before Viswan fell with the score on 71.

It was left to Proctor and Harrison to make the most of the time they had left at the crease. The pair added another vital 11 runs to the total before Harrison’s calling between the wickets let him down and the Buccaneers innings finished with a silly ending.

Nevertheless a total of 82 looked far greater than first thought, but still way short of a dependable total.

After another hearty tea, supplied by sponsor The Stables Lounge, the Buccaneers took the field more in hope than expectation.

Things started on a great note as Barker pounced on a quick single and found the batsman almost but not quite there, so with a direct hit the batsman had to go for one.

Later, Holland flew across the turf to take a sharp return catch from his own bowling and then just a few balls later persuaded the third Dalnacraig batsman to chip a simple catch to the gleeful Barker.

The Buccaneers were now calling the shots and with the visitors sitting at 11 for three, the opening pair of Harrison and Holland looked like a moment of good thinking for the home captain.

The pair were not yet finished and Holland struck again with the score on 18, with Vishalan sprinting round the outfield to take a full length one handed catch.

Dalnacraig now had to steady the ship and sent in the experienced Reid. But this didn’t matter to Harrison as he proved too good for the wily veteran, thanks to another Barker catch.

Galt and Viswan were then introduced to bowl and this did little to help the visitors effort. Viswan in particular was looking in fine form, taking three wickets for 17 runs from his six overs.

It was left to Galt to wrap things up and remove the final Dalnacraig batsman for one, leaving the visitors 30 runs short of the required total.

A club spokesman said: “It was a truly interesting game which embodied the spirit of the sport. It was a huge disappointment that again some players think it is acceptable to call off at the very last minute. However it was great to see their replacements make up a young team who took up the challenge and won a fantastic game. In the end the winners were the Buccaneers by 30 runs and the Strathtay Insurance man of the match for a solid gold performance with the bat at a vital time was Robert Williams.”