Fraserburgh celebrate success in 150th year

The 2012 season was one that Fraserburgh’s cricketers can look back on as a success. A finish in the promotion places in Grade 3 was complimented by getting to the semi-finals in the Reid Cup, where they lost to the eventual winners Gordonians.

In terms of individual statistics, Fraserburgh boast some of the best in the Grade. Indeed, Fraser Lawrance and Shiraz Amin are at the top of the season’s bowling figures across the grades, the former taking 8 wickets for just 9 runs against Gordonians in the league back at the start of June. Amin’s 7-2 in May included the third and final hat-trick seen this year, and was the only hat-trick outside the top grade.

Lawrance also had the honour of taking the most wickets for the club – 32 in the league, 6 clear of Alan Rennie on 26. Paul O’Neill wasn’t too far behind on 17, though he was unfortunate to take plenty of wickets in games that would later be abandoned due to rain, so could have had so much more. Amin’s contribution of 12 wickets for the season can’t be forgotten either.

Lawrance and Rennie in particular were extremely efficient this season, both taking 4 wickets for low sums on several occasions. Lawrance only conceded an average of 1.74 runs per over, and together with Rennie’s figures of only conceding 2.1 runs per over for the season were often instrumental in Fraserburgh’s success.

There was also success on the batting side, with Players’ Player of the Year Cory Bowie scoring the only hundred in Grade 3 this year in the final game of the season against Huntly.

Bowie was in truly inspirational form in 2012 as he hit five 50s to go along with his hundred, at an average of 59. His season total of 590 runs is a phenomenal total, one he can be justifiably proud of.

The second highest individual score of the league season came from club captain Mark Ironside, whose knock of 67 against Gordonians helped them on their way to victory.

Ironside was also second in the total runs scored table, with 175 at an average of 21.88 runs every innings. He was followed by Garry O’Neill, who had a solid first year at the club and scored 136 runs after playing every match; and Michael Watson who scored 133 runs with a high score of 40 not out.

Fraserburgh’s batsmen didn’t just prosper in the league however, as there were also two 50s in the Reid Cup. Fraser Lawrance scored his first ever 50 against Stonehaven, and Paul O’Neill’s knock of 73 against Gordonians in a losing semi-final effort was the second highest score in all competitions this year for Fraserburgh.

In the field Chris Gospel had the best statistics taking 7 catches in the league, but he was closely followed by Lawrance’s 6 and Mark Oldam’s 4.

Fraserburgh used a variety of wicket-keepers throughout the season – all of whom had at least some success. Craig Parkin was responsible for 5 wickets, a catch in the outfield backing up 3 as a keeper and a stumping. Paul O’Neill also took catches both in front of and behind the stumps, his total reaching 4 as well. Garry O’Neill and Michael Watson also had stints keeping, taking 1 and 2 catches respectively.

It has been a good year for the club, with statistics backing up what have generally been good performances on the pitch.

A top 3 finish in the league would normally mean promotion (though with changes being proposed to the grades it is unknown for sure what structure the league will have next year), and a run to the latter stages of the cup means that 2012 can be looked back on as a success for Fraserburgh Cricket Club’s 150th year.