Fraserburgh came close to salvaging a draw against relegation rivals Academy but couldn’t quite hold out.
The day started positively, with both sides believing they could win, and when Captain Mark Ironside won the toss for Fraserburgh and chose to bowl, the pressure was on Academy’s batsmen to put on a big total.
Fraser Lawrance and Alan Rennie opened the bowling, but couldn’t make the initial breakthrough that Fraserburgh needed to kick-start their momentum.
Ryan Duthie took the opening wicket after a catch by Andrew Henderson at square leg. They were generally unlucky in the field, a few possible catching chances just falling safe.
Fraserburgh knew that a few key wickets would give them a lot of momentum. Derrett Academys top scorer was dismissed for 61. The rest of the Academy batting line-up were unable to build a good partnership.
Gupta provided 39 valuable runs without getting out. Lawrance and Rennie ended with two wickets apiece, as did spinner Nirav Thakkar. Tim Gillies also chipped in with a wicket. Academy ended with a total of 194-9 after four overs.
Craig Parkin and Stuart Flowerdew opened the batting for Fraserburgh, but neither contributed the big runs that Fraserburgh so badly needed.
Parkin departed after the second ball for no runs after he wandered out of his crease and was stumped. Flowerdew was caught in the 8th over for a solitary run, but not before Ironside was trapped lbw for three.
After the departures of Ross Smith for five, top-scorer Lawrance for 31 and Thakkar for five, Fraserburgh were well and truly playing for the draw.
They were eight balls away from a draw when the final wicket Bryan Ritchie fell.
Fraserburgh were all out for 77, and lost by 117 runs.