Glenrothes see off local rivals Freuchie

Fourth XI captain Ross Mearns

Fourth XI captain Ross Mearns

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Glenrothes managed to see off local rivals Freuchie by 126 runs on the first derby match to be played at the new Gilvenbank.

Things didn’t start too well for Glenrothes with Greig Hopcroft(0)Chris Greaves(3) and Graeme Beghin(10)all out quickly and with the score 15/3 they looked in a bit of bother.

This brought RobbieWright and Ben Wilkinson to the crease who managed to haul the score back.

With the score now 55/5 it appeared Glenrothes were in real trouble but the experienced Ryan Watson along with Fraser Gosse battled back and both batted very nicely in a partnership that lasted 103 runs.

Ryan was eventually bowled by Scott Gourlay for a very well made 59, his second 50 in 2 games for Glenrothes this season.

With the score at 178/7 it was up to Vasu and Alec to try to get the score up past 200.

They done a good job hitting Freuchie’s professional all over the ground and made 34 runs of his three final overs.

The score eventually finished on 213/8 with Vasu 33 not out.

The Glens were very happy with this batting performance and were confident they could defend their total.

Graeme opened the bowling and started well getting the experienced Robbie Birrell out clean bowled in the first over.

Freuchie finally found a partnership with their professional Akbar(25) and Asif Hussain(26) sticking about for a bit.

Their partnership was broken when Scott Lucas(6-0-32-1) had Akbar caught at short mid wicket.

Graeme Beghin ended as Freuchie were all out for 87.

GCC 4th XI beat Tranent second XI by 154 runs with captain Ross Mearns (116), scoring his first century after a decade at the club.