Fraserburgh lose to Methlick but gain valuable bowling points

Vital points: Fraserburgh CC picked up vital bowling points to help avoid relegation
Vital points: Fraserburgh CC picked up vital bowling points to help avoid relegation

Fraserburgh Cricket club picked up valuable bowling points in their defeat to Methlick, which could prove vital to avoiding relegation at the end of the season.

The Broch club won the toss and chose to bowl on an unpredictable pitch. It looked a good decision, as two quick wickets meant Methlick were on the back foot.

Fraserburgh were fielding well, taking several catches but as innings progressed dropped catches were punished and Methlick’s Anderson made 76.

Fraserburgh managed to bowl a team out for only the third time this season taking maximum bowling points.

Tim Gillies and Fraser Lawrance each took three wickets, while Chris Gospel and Alan Rennie took two each. Methlick finished on 168 runs

Fraserburgh’s normal openers Michael Watson and Craig Parkin took their place at the crease, but both men were bowled out early by Acton with a combined 10 runs.

Mark Ironside and Nathan Ross were building a partnership, before Ross (19) became another victim of Acton’s bowling, trapped lbw.

Acton again proved himself to be in a fine run of form, bowling Lawrance out for six. The next to depart was Gospel, this time departing off the bowling of Addison for eight runs.

None of the remaining batsmen could make any real impact on the scoreboard, with Gillies and Rennie departing for one and two runs respectively.

Youngsters Ryan Duthie and Ross Smith had one of the longer partnerships of the Fraserburgh innings, making sure they did not lose a wicket. Duthie was bowled out for 0, and Smith followed him soon after, for two.

The last batsman was Andrew Henderson, who only faced two deliveries, ending on 0 not out. Methlick won by 62 runs.

A hard-working performance by Fraserburgh, saw them gain 15 important points in their fight against relegation, and build valuable momentum and confidence ahead of their next game, a relegation battle against Academy.