Catterline Cricketers Return Triumphant

Catterline's team in the Cricket Fun Day run by Stonehaven Thistle returned with honours today after an emphatic win in the Wooden Spoon match against Troupers.
The draw put us in the same group as two very strong teams - Hook & Eye and the Tennis Club. Despite getting off to a perfect start against Hook & Eye when Rob bowled their opening batsman with the first ball, they put on too big a total for us and we were quite comfortably beaten. Batting first against the Tennis Club we had our innings torn apart when a hat-trick removed our middle order, and we were again totally outclassed. This left us bottom of the group, and meant we had to face Troupers - the bottom team of the other group - to salvage the honour of the village.
Having watched Troupers play, and more importantly having seen the amount of lager they had drunk, we went in to the game with a degree of confidence. The foundations of our innings was a solid 21 from Chris, and with good support from the rest of the team and some very wayward bowling from Troupers, we ended up with a reasonable total of 53. Our two youngest players, Owen and Brendan, opened the bowling and set up the win by bowling very accurately, allowing Troupers to score only 14 runs off the first two overs. We knew then we had a good chance of winning, and kept up the pressure by keeping the bowling and fielding tight and not giving away and boundaries. The pressure paid off, and when Troupers found themselves needing 20 for victory from the last over they realised they had to take a lot of chances. A thick edge through where slip would have been was enough for the batsman to call for 2, but Joseph (who had kept wicket very tidily all day) quickly threw off his gloves and chased the ball down, returning it to Stephen for a tidy run out. Troupers went for some big hits in the remaining balls, but Catterline held their nerve and kept the ball inside the boundary and eventually Troupers fell 17 runs short.
A consolation win, perhaps, but a good one nonetheless and one that raised the teams spirits and meant that we all came home with smiles on our faces.
(Pics soon).
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