STRATHMORE Cricket Club’s first eleven ground out another good victory at lochside on Saturday.
In what was a low-scoring, hard fought match, the home side just edged it, bowling and fielding well in the closing overs to edge through by a handful of runs.
Taking first lease of the wicket after a damp warning, and in the wake of some extremely wet weather over the course of the past week, Strathie lost a couple of early wickets.
But opener Gary Hewitson held the innings together, and was aided by the calming influence of Nigel Hazel at the other end.
And, while the runs weren’t exactly flowing, the duo each reached the fifty mark to give their side something to bowl at.
Gary Hewitson departed for 54, having been dropped six times, and Nigel Hazel departed the scene soon after chalking up his half ton.
A flurry of wickets fell thereafter, as Strathie strove to up the total, but R. Bowman (four for 38) and H. Garhwal (three for 22) gave the later order batsmen plenty to think about.
In the end, Strathie made 155 for the loss of eight wickets and went in to field, confident that they could grind out the win.
The slower bowlers did the trick, Craig McDonald taking three wickets for 31 and Nigel Hazel chipping in with three for 42 as Kinloch ended their 45 overs five runs short of the home total with the same number of wickets down.
The first eleven were due at Irvine on Sunday for an SCU Trophy match but were unable to make the trip due to transport problems.
This coming Saturday, the first team travel to take on Dundee HSFP in the league, while, on Sunday, the seconds are at home to Strathearn.
Meanwhile, the six-a-side Factory Cup competition, postponed from Sunday past, has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 14. Full details and entry forms are available at the clubhouse.