RWS Saints Come Up Short Again
After the previous home fixture against Glasgow Acies was cancelled due to the rain, RWS Forestry St. Michael’s 1st XI journied to Stirling to play the local county with a greatly weakened team.
Saints had never defeated Stirling away from home since being in Division 1 and unfortunately this match proved to be no exception.
Stirling put RWS Forestry into bat on what turned out to be a difficult pitch with an outfield longer than normally experienced at this level of cricket.
After Chris Brockwell and Tom Holmes back in the hutch for 7 and 4 respectively against a lively opening Stirling attack, the writing was on the wall after 10 overs with Saints 18 for 2 .
Only Connor Bowie and overseas amateur Henri Martins showed the necessary application and technique to combat a hostile attack, and provided the one partnership of note of 65 runs. Martins top scored with 42 and Bowie added 12.
In addition to them being the only double figure scorers in RWS Forestry St. Michael’s innings of 98 all out in 47.4 overs, five batsmen scoring ducks tells its own story.
In reply Stirling passed the Saints team’s score in 25.4 overs with only one wicket down, captured by Bowie. The bowling and fielding was tight but not enough runs were scored to put pressure on the home side.
Scores: RWS Forestry St Michael’s: 98 all out (H. Martins 42, C. Bowie 12) : Stirling County: 99 for 1
Saints Bat Poorly
Last Saturday RWS Forestry St.Michael’s 1st XI travelled to Irvine in search of their second win of the season, but once again the journey up the A76 was in vein, the team losing by 118 runs.
Irvine won the toss, chose to bat first and scored 204 for 9 in 50 overs. Saints got off to a decent start and had the opposition 63 for 3, both openers having departed, one bowled by Martins and the other caught by Chris Brockwell off the bowling of Tom Holmes.
Professional J.Waspe was the third to fall, run out by Recce McNay. At that point there was a rain break, and on the resumption RWS Forestry never got back into the match. B.Harwood and M. Ali put together a match winning partnership of 120 to put the match out of Saints’ reach.
The bowling and fielding was reasonably tight with none of the bowlers being expensive, Holmes and Tom Jackson each picking up two wickets, Martins, McNay and Dalling one each. Brockwell, although remaining wicketless and not finding the pitch to his liking was the most economical bowler and 15 year old McNay on his 1st Xl debut showed decided promise with his off spin in his 10 over spell.
Craig Bourner, also debuting, kept wicket with great aplomb while Connor Bowie and Ian Naysmith made some fine stops in the field with Bowie running out op[position wicket-keeper Conway.
Unfortunately RWS Forestry St.Michaels replied poorly, batting for just 33 overs and were dismissed for 86. Only three batsmen Brockwell (16), Chris Lumb (15) and Tom Jackson (17 not out) achieved double figures, and Jackson was left with no partners at the end.
Scores: Irvine 204 for 9 (M.Ali 75, B.Harwood 48 ; T.Holmes 2-42, T. Jackson 2-24)
Beaten by an Old Foe
On Sunday RWS Forestry St Michael’s had a home Cricket Scotland Challenge Cup match and came a cropper against a young Kelso side who bowled, fielded and batted better than Saints, winning comprehensively by 8 wickets.
Saints only mustered a total of 130 on a decent pitch, having been 62 for 1 and looking in relative control early on in their innings.
The majority of the players were at a loss at how to deal with the vagaries of the away teams spin bowlers and the determination and game savvy showed 24 hours before was sadly missing.
Torrential Rain Halts Saints
Last Saturday RWS Forestry St Michael’s CC travelled for their fourth consecutive away match, this time to Coatbridge to play Drumpellier who were relegated from the Premier League last season.
The side were missing a few regulars including Australian Tom Jackson but had skipper Tom Holmes back at the helm.
On winning the toss Holmes elected to bat first on a firm looking track, but after 13 overs Saints were 51 for 3. Chris Brockwell was bowled first ball, fellow opener Derek Heron was also bowled by a shooter from Aziz for 21 having looked solid and skipper Holmes caught by D. Pryde for 16 off the bowling of his brother J. Pryde.
Overseas amateur Juan Henri and youngster Chris Lumb started to steady the situation, both batting fluently and running energetically between the wickets and in 17 overs put on 79 runs. Just as Martins on 56 not out and Lumb on 20 not out were taking the match away from Drumpellier, the heavens opened and the intensity of the rain forced the match to be abandoned with Saints on a promising 130 for 3.
RWS Forestry St Michael’s CC have so far only managed to get two matches finished as three away matches have either been cancelled or abandoned. This Saturday RWS Forestry travel to play Irvine, the last of a tough run of away matches. Hopefully, with a series of 5 home matches later in the season Saints will be able to consolidate their position in the league.
Bad Weekend for Saints!
St.Michael’s Cricket Club had a tough Saturday last weekend with only 18 players available from the 50 on the registration list, and of these only three were recognised 1st team players.
So RWS Forestry St.Michaels 1st XI travelled to top side West of Scotland and were well beaten. Unfortunately they lost the toss and were consigned to 50 overs of purgatory on the field with a lot of ball chasing.
It was certainly a chastening experience for the young players who travelled, but even in such a heavy defeat there were some long-term positives. The bowling of Levi White, who produced an excellent 10 over spell was a highlight, proved how much he has developed as a seam bowler, and on this display he will be pushing for a regular first team place on merit.
The fielding of both Ross Dalling and Dan Turner, both making numerous fine stops on the lightening quick outfield, was a great example to their teammates. A veil will be drawn over the team’s overall batting performance in reply to West’s first innings total.