League and cup wins for Falkland

Safyaan Sharif

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Falkland’s magnificent start to the season continued with league and cup wins over Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday Falkland recorded a tremendous victory in Aberdeen over Stoneywood-Dyce to make it three League victories out of three.

The conditions were far from ideal so it was no surprise that, when the Aberdeen side won the toss, they inserted Falkland.

The start was sedate, but in retrospect the opening stand of 66 put on by Jack Henderson and Matt Surry played a crucial part in giving Falkland a respectable total of 179.

Connor Ryan’s 29 was also a good grafting innings, as was the 32 not out put on by Brock Ditchmen near the end.

The second half lasted little more than an hour as Stoneywood-Dyce were simply blown away by fine accurate bowling from Ryan Hepburn and Safyaan Sharif who both took five wickets each as the Aberdonians collapsed to 39 all out.

To an extent the home team were the architects of their own downfall but let no-one take anything away from the magnificent new ball bowling of Falkland’s two openers who were backed up by good fielding and another fine performance behind the stumps from Connor Ryan.

A day later the side racked up an easy Scottish Cup win over Stenhousemuir at The Tryst.

The home side struggled to make runs on a difficult wicket - their top score was 14 - against good Falkland bowling and were all out for 79 in the 41st Over.

Brock Ditchmen took four for 17 and Hamilton three for 16 as Stenhousemuir collapsed.

The only black mark for Falkland was the concession of 14 wides.

It took Falkland only 13.2 overs to win the game by eight wickets, with Bryn Cleaver hitting a good 31 not out.

In truth Falkland were never really stretched, and it was sad in a way to see Stenhousemuir, once one of the great clubs of Scottish cricket, in such dire straits.

But perhaps it was Falkland who made them poor with talk of a Scottish league and cup double.

The side will face a much tougher test in Grange who will be at Scroggie on Saturday.