A pitch inspection at 11am confirmed the wicket was dry (thanks to Rab’s covers) and the outfield was drying (thanks to the Scottish summer wind).
1pm saw players amassing at the pavilion and stumps & bails set up after a small, barely noticeable, faff.
Dollar won the toss and elected to bat with a pair of Buck-Smith’s opening and three Dollar players (Foxxx, Morri, and Turkish) being donated to Gargunnock.
Fearing an onslaught from the Buck-Smiths, Ronnie elected to open with a strong opening pair of Peacock and Paton.
Adam and George seemed to be settling in well with 20 off 2 when George inexplicably scuffed one to short-mid-off only to be lucky when the ball didn’t quite carry. This clearly got into his head as he skyed a top-edge on the next ball to point where Foxxx waited patiently for it to fall into a straight-forward catch.
In came Craigy Smith who seemed a little off-par and kept lifting the ball, only to find space and run up the days best score of 60 retired hurt.
Adam Buchanan-Smith retired hurt shortly afterwards leaving Sooty and Skip in the middle. An unusually patient Cameron Glasgow went on to get his eye in and post a nice 57 not-out – but not before running Skip out thanks to a straight drive that hit the bowler, then the stumps, only to find Skip stealing yards! Out!
Cunningham. S. popped up and saw the overs home with Glasgow.
DCC. 207 for 2 off 35.
Gargunnock opened their innings with Foxxx and Bailey facing a pacey Tim Dillon and a youthful Cunningham. S.
It wasn’t long before wickets started to tumble around Foxxx with Tim taking one, Sandy taking 3 for 24 off 7, Skip taking 1 off 6, Deadly taking 1 off 4 for 11, with the others being shared between Morris and Chris. Craigy bowled one Maiden and GBS bowled the final over and was being toyed with by the 11th man before a Jaffa ended play and broke a stump.
Hats off to Foxxx who held the innings together but who was clean-bowled on 49 by a West Indian Steamer from Chris.
It’s always good to host Gargunnock Cricket Club and we look forward to the next encounter.