Fraserburgh CC travelled to Cults’s Allan Park on Saturday to take on the Grade 1 title contenders. Captain Lawrance won the toss and elected to field first.
Opening batmans and Grades association president Via Bode quickly set about opening pair Lawrance and Gospel. Runs were flowing for Cults despite the loss of a wicket, with Lawrance picking it up.
This only brought Saraswat to thecrease and despite changes in bowling he and Bode continued to run feast.
Bode past his 50 first and Saraswat quickly followed to his own half century.
Paul O’Neill and Ryan Duthie were starting to stem the flow of runs and ’Neill himself made two breakthroughs in 2 balls ending Bode’s (73) impressive performance and then claiming a return catch of the next ball. These 2 wickets slowed things down for Cults.
Saraswat was still about and was still able to pick a boundary up for time to time and brought up his century with a 4 through square leg. Lawrance returned and drew Saraswat into giving trailist for the day Liam Maxfield a simple catch at mid-on to finish his innings on 122, And when Lawrance claimed another wicket Cults declared their innings on 247-5 after 35 overs. Lawrance finishing with 3-50 and O’Neill 2-93.
In reply Fraserburgh batting pair Michael Watson and Cory Bowie stared well.
Watson was the first to go after a couple of excellent shots down the ground being bowled by Meghani.
Bowie continued to impress despite Paul O’Neill falling, gifting point a simple chance.
Mark Inronside came in and was looking good with a couple of delightful leg glances through the leg side.
However a run out had Ironside short of his ground, and with this wicket starteda collapse in the Fraserburgh line up. Lawracne came and went for 1, and when Bowie got out the ball after making his 50, both falling to Bode. Flowerdew and Maxfield tried their best to score runs with 14 and 21 respectively, and Gospel managed to hit a couple of 4’s to finish 9 not out, but Cults managed to bowl Fraserburgh out for 108.
Sunday’s Aberdeenshire Cup game was rained off and is still to be rearranged.