Fraserburgh did themselves no favours in their bid to survive in grade 2 as they lost by 150 runs against St Ronalds.
For the fifth week in a row, Fraserburgh won the toss, although this time it was vice-captain Fraser Lawrance who chose to bowl in the absence of Fraserburgh’s captain Mark Ironside.
Lawrance then set about continuing the form of last week, taking two wickets in his first two overs on the artificial King’s College wicket.
Both he and fellow opening bowler Alan Rennie did a good job of limiting the number of runs conceded in the first few overs.
However, once the batsmen settled, the Fraserburgh bowlers found it extremely difficult to find a breakthrough.
D Goyal in particular made Fraserburgh pay by top scoring for St Ronalds with 52.
A change of bowlers didn’t immediately make a difference, but an excellent catch from Nirav Thakkar off his own bowling left the batsman stunned and it looked as though it could be the turning point that Fraserburgh so badly needed.
Chris Gospel also broke his duck by taking two wickets, though he was quite expensive going for 52 runs.
The recurring theme of the season continued to rear its ugly head for Fraserburgh as they found that a lot of catching opportunities fell into space.
They were also unlucky that an lbw decision was controversially not given, although bowler Rennie was convinced.
He did eventually get an lbw decision to go his way, but the key time for wickets had passed.
Lawrance also had time to produce an excellent throw that resulted in a run out before St Ronalds declared on 182-7 after 40 overs.
Michael Watson and Craig Parkin walked to the crease looking to play it safe and keep wickets in hand, with the idea that if they didn’t lose wickets then the runs would come eventually.
Their plan did not work as Watson departed in the fourth over when he was bowled out for one by Goyal.
Only a few overs later, Stuart Flowerdew departed for the first of many ducks in the Fraserburgh line-up.
Lawrance managed four runs and Ross Smith got three runs but were both also quickly bowled by Goyal.
Parkin and Thakkar then began to build a partnership, that would be the highlight of Fraserburghs day.
Last week’s match winner Thakkar departed in the 19th over for seven, and was quickly followed by Gospel who was caught for a golden duck.
Parkin’s lengthy stay ended when he was caught in the same over for seven.
Fraserburgh could only muster up one more run through Rennie, as Ryan Duthie, Andrew Henderson and Bryan Ritchie all departed on ducks.
Fraserburgh didn’t bat through half of their available overs, and the margin of defeat was 150 runs.
Relegation rivals Academy won their last game of the season to go above Fraserburgh.
For the cricket team it is simple, win and stay up, anything else will see Fraserburgh drop into grade 3. Fraserburgh play this crucial game at home next week against Caledonian.