Fraserburgh fell at the first hurdle in the Bon Accord Cup last Saturday, losing to KemnayKintore by seven wickets.
The day got off to a solid if unspectacular start, as Fraserburgh’s opening batsmen Cory Bowie and Mark Witt put on a lengthy partnership. They rarely looked troubled, but the scoring rate would in hindsight be an issue.
There was at one stage 27 dot balls in a row, but overall the pair were regularly scoring at just over two runs per over until Bowie (19) was dismissed in the 18th over. Witt kept plugging away, and hit the Broch’s shot of the day with a perfectly timed straight drive for four. He eventually fell too, but ended up as the home side’s top scorer with 21.
The rest of the scorecard does not make pretty reading for Fraserburgh. Only Fraser Lawrance (14) and Pradeep Chinta (10) built on the solid foundation provided for them by reaching double figures, and the opening partnership ended up contributing more than half of the team’s total runs and overs lasted.
It didn’t seem like it would be a particularly troublesome task for the away side to chase down Fraserburgh’s total, as they have shown in the league season so far. Twice they have chased down relatively low sums due to the success of their bowling, but their total of 35 the week before gave the Broch a glimmer of hope of victory.
Both Fraser Lawrance and Chris Gospel bowled well early on, actually managing to restrict the batting side to fewer runs than Fraserburgh in the first ten overs, but without taking wickets it wasn’t going to be a close contest.
When the initial breakthrough did eventually come through Gospel, KemnayKintore had already scored nearly 50 runs through Satyamurthy (21) and Cole (19), putting the end result of the cup tie in little doubt.
Gospel managed to add another wicket to his column, and Lawrance returned to take one as well, but after a relatively economical five overs from Andrew Henderson, the winning runs were finally hit off Pradeep Chinta.