A first win since the opening day of the cricket season was welcome relief for Fraserburgh after a four wicket victory over 2 nd Grammar.
Efficient bowling from Fraser Lawrance and Ryan Duthie and tight fielding restricted Grammar’s opening batsmen early on. The pressure started to tell, as Broch’s change bowlers took advantage forcing a mini collapse in Grammar’s top order. Pradeep Chinta dismissed an opening batsmen in each of his first two overs, and Paul O’Neill added to the tally meaning three wickets had fallen for just six runs.
Grammar’s next partnership would be their longest, as a stand of 34 saw them past drinks. But after McDonald (24) was out caught behind off Chinta wickets started falling. Lawrance took Fraserburgh’s fifth wicket in the next over, before Duthie (328) came back with a great spell that saw him dismiss three separate batsmen, conceding just five runs.
Chinta (439) added another to his list of victims and it was left to O’Neill (226) to take the final wicket in the 39th over, setting Fraserburgh a target of 145 to win.
Opener Cory Bowie’s performance with the bat set the travelling side up for victory. His partnership with his brother Liam lasted for 22 overs, and was worth 85 runs. The younger Bowie had joined Cory with sixteen and a half overs on the board, with Fraserburgh on 35. Grammar dropped a couple of catches, and the Bowies took full advantage as they pushed the score past 100 from 60 in the space of just seven overs. Cory passed 50, for his first half century of 2016. But after that, the rate slowed as Fraserburgh approached their target. Withseven overs to go, Fraserburgh still needed 23 runs.
The nerves were heightened when both Bowies got out in consecutive overs – Liam for 24 and Cory for a season’s high 71. Captain Fraser Lawrance hit ten off what would be the final over, but he wouldn’t be able to claima not out for his knock. The final ball was a wide, but Lawrance (14) strayed out of his crease and was stumped in the process. The batsman was out, but the team was victorious.