Fraserburgh lose by five wickets

Fraserburgh CC Craig Parkin was bowled out early in the match with Queens Cross CC
Fraserburgh CC Craig Parkin was bowled out early in the match with Queens Cross CC

On the same day Fraserburgh CC debuted a new sponsor and a new kit, they could not prevent the all too familiar result of defeat to Queen’s Cross.

The match was an opportunity to gain an advantage in the league as every other game had been abandoned due to rain. With so much to play for any points either side gained would be even more beneficial than they normally were.

Queen’s Cross won the toss and chose to bowl, meaning Craig Parkin and Michael Watson opened the day’s batting. Parkin managed just four runs, before a delivery from Wright stayed low and hit the stumps.

Watson uncharacteristically started quickly, hitting three boundaries before being bowled by Jamieson. Fraserburgh’s captain Mark Ironside then put on a 60-run partnership with Stuart Flowerdew, before he was caught off the bowling of Alfridi – with 26 runs to his name.

Flowerdew ended up with Fraserburgh’s second highest score of the season with 41, but departed after being caught; this time off the bowling of Renoo.

Of the remaining batsmen, only Fraser Lawrance (11) and Christopher Gospel (10) could make any real impression on the scoreboard. Jamieson claimed three more wickets, and Renoo two as Fraserburgh were bowled out for 127.

The sun began to shine brightly as Fraserburgh’s players took to the field, but unfortunately it was not to be for Fraserburgh. Alan Rennie and Fraser Lawrance opened the bowling, and they both combined for the opening wicket - Lawrance caught Findlay for 0 from Rennie’s bowling in the second over.

The following gap between wickets proved costly for Fraserburgh. Eventually, Swiergon (69) was trapped lbw by Gospel, who also clean bowled Ritchie (7).

Shiraz Amin got thrown the ball in his first match of the season, though he failed to take a wicket. Fraserburgh then took a gamble with young spinner Andrew Henderson – and with mixed results.

Henderson took a while to get into his rhythm, bowling numerous wides in his first over, helping Queen’s Cross to their target of 128.

In his second over however, he took two wickets – Jamieson (2, caught by Ironside), and Renoo (4, caught by Jim Woods), providing some valuable bowling points.

The final delivery of the match was another wide by Henderson, which gave Queen’s Cross the solitary run they needed for victory. Queen’s Cross won by five wickets.