‘Broom’ challenge is swept away by GCC

GlenROTHES Cricket Club skipper, Ally Sim won the toss, and decided to put the slightly depleted Broomhall into bat on a somewhat spongy, but flat pitch.

The Town Park wicket is notoriously difficult to score on in such conditions, and with a strong bowling line up available to him, Simled the team onto the field in positive spirits.

This proved to be the case with openers Kris Glen and Malky Neil bowling an excellent line and length from the off and making life difficult for the Broomhall openers.

That said, it wasn’t until the 11th over before Kris broke the partnership with the score on 25.

For the next 18 overs Lewis James and Broomhall Skipper Mike Warren dug in and slowly started to build a score, until Warren spooned one to Ally Sim off Bod Hutchison – 71 for 2.

Not a big score just yet, but a really good effort in concentration from James in particular.

Whilst the breakthrough didn’t really lead to a collapse and all credit to Broomhall for that, the Glens bowlers were just not getting any luck with opportunities not quite going to hand.

The key breakthrough finally came in the 43rd over, and by now Broomhall had accumulated 135 runs and an excellent 63 from opener James who batted really well to dig in and not give his wicket away.

Returning openers Malky and Kris took another 4 wickets in the last two overs and completed the Broomhall innings on 137 for 8.

Pick of the Glens bowling were Manju Kadinaik, who gave up a meagre 11 runs for 1 in his 9 overs, another excellent display on the back of his 5 wickets for 4 last week, and the two openers Malky (3-14) and Kris (2-25).

Glenrothes 2nds Skipper Ally Sim inexplicably thought he was taking a fielding practice session and popped a dolly to point – on his way for a disappointing 1.

This brought the really in-form Asghar Ali Tabasum to the crease who, on the back of a 50 last week, immediately settled into building a partnership with Willie Morrison and between them, the score rose steadily to 72 before Willie was run out on 31.

Asghar, now joined at the crease Kris Glen, was calmly smashing the ball all over the ground, and not looking anything other than majestic. With Kris getting in on the act, and battering a quick 36 not out, the lads closed out the game after 32 overs. Asghar was superb on 61 not out.

All in all, another professional job from the Glens side. Whilst the confidence in the team never led to the result being in doubt, the luck might have been more with the Glens in the field.

A comprehensive 8 wicket victory nonetheless, with plenty of bullets left in the chamber – Mehmood Khan who didn’t bowl today and Andy Muir and Mark Braid who didn’t need to bat, to name but a few.

Off to Edinburgh next Saturday with Royal High Costorphine. With momentum on our side now and five wins out of five, the Glens won’t give it up easily, and will be hard to beat.