Sim Bats Long to Secure Back to Back League Wins for the 1st XI

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Forfarshire 1XI: 235-9 (50 overs)

B. Ditchmen 47, M. Carson 4-64, T. Cullen 2-35

Watsonians 1XI: 236 – 6 (45.5 overs)

M. Carson 76, A Sim 61*, J. Hogarth 3-51

After the five hour round trip to Aberdeen last week the 1st XI were happy to be back at fortress Myreside, as was visiting captain Umair Mohammad. On what was a sunny but breezy day Umair got an early victory over Chubby as Forfarshire won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be a good wicket. Despite this ‘sonians took to the field in good spirits, this may have been due to the good weather, last weeks win over Aberdeen or the fact that the inclusion of 6 Watson’s FP in the team meant Chubby’s 20-year plan was still operating smoothly.

After a couple of early boundaries for the Forfarshire opening batsmen, Dingle got the first breakthrough for the home side. This was quickly followed by the removal of his opening partner: bowled Nel, Caught E. Chalmers, although it must be noted that the skipper did need a couple of attempts at it. Wallace and Greaves put some moment back into the visitors’ innings and at 84 for 2 the game stood in the balance. However, the middle overs were where ‘sonians managed to turn the screw. The 2 spinners Cullen (2-35) and Carçon (4-64) bowled with control and built pressure causing wickets to fall at regular intervals, leaving Forfarshire 144-8. The highlight was when the latter bowled the Forf’s captain with a ball that turned more than a bottle of uncorked Beaujolais.  There was still life in the innings however and good stroke pay from Kruip (31*) and Ditchmen (47) led to a partnership of 62 for the 9th wicket. The Forfarshire innings closed on 235 meaning the 1st XI had slightly more to chase then hoped after 35 overs.

After a hearty tea break which played host to a meaningful debate over what was the perfect condiment to go with Myreside’s new, and quite delicious, homemade scones, the 1st XI started to go about chasing down Forfarshire’s score. Early going for the home side was excellent as the 2 ‘sonians openers got through the first few overs relatively unharmed. Man of the moment Carçon then move the innings up a gear as he started to find the boundary with ease. Carçon passed 50, with a typical subdued celebration, and ‘sonians passed 100 giving the team an excellent platform. However, the dismissal of Carçon, caught for a well-made 76, lead to a small collapse for the home side as the 2 Chalmers and Shaka quickly followed leaving ‘sonians 137 for 4. This then called for opener Alec Sim, who had played a supporting role for the first half of the innings, to take the chase into his own hands. A 5th wicket partnership of 66 with Evans took the 1st XI passed 200 and insight of the total. There was a small wobble when Evans and Nel were dismissed, however, Sim took the team over the line and executed amazing red ink management finishing 61* and batting the full 45.5 overs.

Overall it was an excellent win over a good side and was the perfect send off to VB before he immerses himself in all the cultural delights Thailand has to offer.

Rory Evans