Nine-wicket haul for Strathie skipper

GARY Hewitson was in great form with the ball as Strathmore Cricket Club enjoyed a winning weekend.

The first team skipper took four wickets in the victory at Meigle on Saturday and followed up with a five-wicket haul for the seconds as they got the better of Brechin Guthrie Park on the Sunday.

Having not enjoyed the best of starts to the season, the Strathie firsts made it two wins on the bounce when they chased down a score of over 200 at Meigle.

The home side had first lease of the wicket, and having lost an early wicket, they then settled down to make 110 for two.

The Strathie fielding wasn’t what it should have been and that allowed Meigle to move from 164 for four to 203 for eight at the end of the innings.

It could have been worse, for P. Drummond had to leave the field injured when on 43.

Other contributors to the Meigle end tally were R.Laing (36) and J. Murray (39).

Gary Hewitson ended up with figures of four for 38.

In reply, all top four Strathie batsmen made decent contributions. Gary Hewitson and Gavin Sinclair put on 53 for the first wicket and the visitors progressed steadily to 147 for three.

But then a mid-innings stutter left them at 186 for six and with a wee bit to do to get over the line.

With Gavin Sinclair contributing 42, Gary Hewitson 32 and Jimmy Ellis and Steve Blackie hitting 30, it was left to M. Akhtar to see Strathie home.

At Brechin on Sunday, Strathie batted first and again they got off to a solid enough start, with 36 on the board for the fall of the first wicket.

Strathie progressed to 109 for three and were all out for 151, with Gavin Sinclair hitting five boundaries in his 45.

C. Holland was Brechin’s top bowler with four for 18.

In reply, G. Goult hit 33 for Guthrie Park, but he didn’t get as much support as he could have liked and the home side crashed from 54 for two to 75 for seven and were eventually bundled out for 112.

Gary Hewitson was easily the top Forfar bowler, with five for seven, with Andy Sturrock (two for 24) and Gavin Sinclair (two for four) chipping in.

This Saturday, Strathie are at home to Stoneywood, with the second team on its travels once again on the Sunday, this time to Clackmannan.