Weather proving a major headache for cricketers

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The weather, apart from a warm week in May, has been a major headache in trying to get matches played at Guthrie Park this season.

The seniors, currently struggling due to work commitments to field a team, have had two heavy defeats away to top of the table St Andrews and Arbroath in the Two Counties Cup.

At St Andrews a top order collapse, apart from Simmy Simpson, left the juniors in the team to fight against good home bowling to get some kind of respectable score on the board.

A good final partnership from Mark Johnstone and Jake Harrison pushed the score up to 85. However, this was clearly not to be enough and an early wicket was the only break through the bowlers were to make.

St Andrews won by nine wickets.

At Arbroath, the home team played some premier league players against a very young and inexperienced Guthrie Park side and the gulf in quality was plain to see.

After the home team scored over 200 none of the Brechin team made double figures.

Matches like this are of no benefit to anyone and it will put players off playing the sport when pitched against players they should never be playing against.

As for the Buccaneers, the under-15s have been taking two steps forward and three back.

Last year their strongest ability was to keep a grip of the opposition by good bowling and a great attitude in the field.

This year continuous good performances with the bat by Robertson, Proctor and Harrison and well supported by the rest of the team have been wasted by undisciplined bowling and poor effort in the field.

As for matches, the rain came to cancel a possible close outcome at Forthill while, for the seniors, a strong Arbroath team was too good even after a good batting performance to easily win at Guthrie Park.

The under-13s played a very competitive match against their Arbroath counterparts with, at last, a team that combined a bowling and batting display to be proud of.

After restricting the coasters to am achievable 86 the home team set about their reply with steady batting with only some unlucky run-outs leaving them short by five runs.

It has been left to the Kwik Cricketers to bring success to the club with a team now being built to take on any others.

Last week they were confident enough to switch venues from a home tie to take on Arbroath in their own back yard ,coming home with a fine victory.

Congratulations go to George Wyness, Graham Hutchison and Sadie Kirk for being the first winners of our Treasure Club draw.

If any past players or club members wish to help out the progress of cricket in Brechin by joining the draw a £4 a month contribution is all it takes.

For information contact the club through the e-mail address at Brechinbuccaneers@yahoo.co.uk or contact Murray 07515164613.