|Posted by Dunnikier Cricket Club on June 28, 2009 at 3:37 PM|
West Lothian 2nd XI v Dunnikier
ESCA Division 3, Saturday 27th June 2009
Lost by 4 wickets
Dunnikier 128 a/o v West Lothian 2nd XI 129-6
Dunnikier lost to West Lothian 2nd XI on Saturday, in a rain affected game reduced to 40 overs per side.
The Dunnikier players awoke on Saturday morning to find the rain coming down outside and traveled through to the Linlithgow in the hope, rather than expectation, of the game being played.
After one hour 40 minutes of delay, and a great deal of work being undertaken by the home team to remove as much lying water as possible, a reduced overs game was agreed between the two captains.
Dunnikier's captain Richard Sorrell won the toss and decided to bat first, hoping to post a big total against the team in second place in the league.
The father and son opening pair of Jim and Mark Braid had an excellent partnership of 55, looking in little trouble against the opposition bowlers. Indeed, there was much surprise when first Mark Braid was caught for 25, soon followed by Jim Braid, caught and bowled, for 30.
After the solid start, it was hoped that the middle order of Brian Cutter, Alan Budd and Nic Krzyzanowski would be able to push on and set a high score. Whilst each of these batsman managed to make a start, they were unable to keep it up and ended up losing their wickets trying to go for big shots.
The same pattern continued for the rest of the innings as the remaining batsman came and went, troubling the scorers little. In the end Dunnikier were bowled out for 128, at least 30 short of their hoped for target.
Knowing that only a disciplined bowling effort backed up by a keen and committed fielding display would be enough to win this game, the Dunnikier players took to the field (on empty belly's after the home team pillaged the teas at half time - though I'm sure the editor will cut this comment out) in positive mood.
Opening bowlers Brian Cutter and Richard Sorrell bowled tightly, offering the batsman little to hit whilst being encouraged by a number of half-chances being offered by the batsman.
Sorrell made the breakthrough in the ninth over, having Dally caught behind by the rejuvenated Mark Braid for 13. Next batsman in Smith raised the hopes of Dunnikier even further as he was soon bowled by the impressive Cutter (one for 17).
The West Lothian batsman dug deep and soon built up a comfortable partnership to take them up to 80 for 2 from 25 overs. The wily Dave Kilminster was having none of this though, and had Turnbull trapped leg before wicket for 19.
With Dunnikier's confidence rising (despite Alec Thomson taking a nasty hit to the face from the ball in the field), captain Sorrell started mixing his bowlers up trying to find more ways of taking wickets.
Jim Braid duly obliged, taking two wickets in an over. First ball he had opener Thomson caught in slips by Krzyzanowski for a patient 41, then he out-foxed Ashgar who came charging down the wicket on his fourth ball only to miss completely for Mark Braid to complete the stumping.
The father and son Braid combination hadn't finished there though, as soon after father Jim fielded quickly and confidently in the outfield causing indecision with the batsman's running, and his flat throw in was excellently grabbed by son Mark for a potentially match-turning run out.
Unfortunately, the home captain Williamson thought otherwise and expertly led his team home finishing 26 not out, with West Lothian ending 129 for six wickets with four overs to go.
Like previous weeks, Dunnikier were hit badly by the rain but took a great deal of encouragement from certain aspects of their play. Next week sees the start of the second half of the season, with captain Sorrell hoping his charges can collectively come good and enhance their league standing.