Fraserburgh CC get first win in Grade 1 by defeating Grammar

Fraserburgh CC squad from the game against Grammar FPs
Fraserburgh CC squad from the game against Grammar FPs
  • Broch CC get first Grade 1 win
  • Strong bowling performance helps Fraserburgh to beat Grammar FPs at Kessock Park
  • Broch’s next game is this Saturday against Ellon

For the second game in a row Fraserburgh won the toss and Broch Captain Fraser Lawrance elected to field first.

Lawrance bowled a tight opening spell, occasionally bamboozling the Grammar FPs batsmen with vicious in-swing.

R. Duthie at the other end bowled steadily, following up the odd loose delivery with some good seam movement.

G. Morrison was first to fall, perhaps expecting the ball to reach him a little sooner, he played a tentative defensive stroke that saw the ball loop up in the middle of the wicket, and enabling the agile Lawrance to pouch a tremendous caught and bowled.

G. Morrison departed with 9 runs to his name and the score on 28-1.

R. Swiergon joined A. Keith at the crease and both batsmen set about the Broch bowling, quickly increasing their side’s total to 56 before the newly introduced C. Gospel tempted A. Keith in to a loose drive which saw the ball fly through the air and straight in to the hands of Lawrance at mid-off.

The dismissal of A. Keith for 35 precipitated a catastrophic batting collapse, with Grammar FPs going from 56 for 2 to 66 for 6.

Fielder Lawrance reacted quickly and was able to gather the ball cleanly and throw it with speed and accuracy to wicketkeeper L.Bowie who was able to remove the bails with A. Senthill stranded yards from the crease.

A renewed sense of vigour and determination saw further damage inflicted by C. Gospel and R. Duthie with each bowler finishing on 4 for 23 and 2 for 42 respectively.

Grammar put up some resistance towards the end, most notably by C. Clelland and J. Eagles, however, some steady bowling from P. O’Neill (1 for 15) and a return spell from Lawrance (2 for 24), in addition to some tight fielding restricted Grammar to a total of 108 all out.

Broch stalwarts C. Bowie and M. Watson walked out to bat following tea.

Initially, scoring was slow with both C. Bowie and M. Watson keen to play themselves in and see off the opening bowlers, however as H. Meppleback in particular began to tire, runs became more accessible. M. Watson played a watchful innings, with the focus on consolidation rather than run scoring.

The formula worked well until the 12th over when both batsmen set off to steal a second run, however, a strong throw from the outfield saw M. Watson run out for 8.

By the time F. Lawrance lost his wicket, having been bowled by S. Aameed for 32, Fraserburgh were closing in on victory. L. Bowie came to the crease and with older brother C. Bowie nudged the score along to 106. However, with 3 runs short of victory C. Bowie, no doubt keen to get the job done, flashed the bat at a wide delivery and edged to slip having made a crucial 40 runs.

A few balls later and Fraserburgh had passed the Grammer FPs total and celebrated their first win in Grade 1 this season.

Fraserburgh will next play Ellon CC at Kessock Park.