Good show despite loss

Freuchie v Glenrothes

Glenrothes skipper, Ian Dale, lost the toss and was asked to field on a very cold April afternoon at Freuchie.

Opening pair Farooq Khan and Kenny Crichton were given the new ball, and Khan had success with his first delivery of the match, getting B. Forrester out caught at mid off. This was followed quickly by four more wickets, Khan with two and Crichton, making his debut, the same. This brought veteran Freuchie batsman S. Gourlay and captain J. Wallace to the wicket, both playing some lovely shots to all parts of the ground. Glenrothes made several bowling changes in response, but it wasn’t until veteran all-rounder Steve Rowley came on that the run rate started to slow down, but Glenrothes could not stop both batsmen reaching fine half centuries. At this point with two new basmen at the crease Glenrothes looked to finish off Freuchie’s innings, but the heavens opened and the innings came to a close, both skippers agreeing that we would take tea and reduce the match from 40 overs to a 32 over match. Glenrothes began there innings with opening pair Greig Hopcroft and Guy Robinson, again the latter making his debut for the club. Freuchie bowlers D. Cowan and overseas amateur Shazad opened the bowling, Shazad striking early with the wicket of Robinson LBW for nought which brought C. Greaves to the wicket and next to go was Hopcroft bowled by the impressive Shazad. Next in was Glenrothes skipper Ian Dale. but it was not to be his day either being bowled for nought. Arriving next at the crease was Rowley, and between him and Chris Greaves they started to build a useful partnership moving the score on nicely, but this was brought to an end by the Freuchie pace man Shazad and youngster F. Black, the latter bowling Greaves for a very useful 36 runs. This brought yet another debut boy to the crease, Richard Evason, but he again went quickly to the impressive Shazad who with the next three wickets achieved a rare hat-trick.

By this time the score board had moved on steadily closer to the total of 136 to win and with Khan and ex Freuchie player Kenny Crichton at the crease this saw the away side reach the total with Farooq Khan hitting a massive six to win with an over to spare.