Weather behaves (just) as Glens 2nds record fine victory

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After the frustrations of last week’s rain, Glenrothes 2nds received a visit from second in the league, Murrayfield DAFS, to Gilvenbank Park on Saturday.

Skipper Willie Morrison (pictured) was keen to get the game completed and hopefully with the 20 points.

With the top four teams all within a couple of percentage points and the Glens due to play all of the teams above, wins are certainly required to achieve promotion from ESCA Division 5.

The past week’s bone dry heatwave had caused some damage to the square as the wicket whilst plenty hard, also had more cracks on display than a bricklayers convention.

It was a difficult one for Morrison - do you bat first and get a score on the board or risk further damage to the deteriorating surface?

Winning the toss, the Glens skipper decided to bat first, and after only three overs, openers Kris Glen and Mark Braid were gone for ducks.

A period of consolidation was required as Graham Dodds Jnr and Ally Sim settled into a period of safety first, taking runs of the few bad balls that came their way.

With the score on 30 at the tenth over, Dodds mistimed a lob over midwicket from the excellent young off-spinner Maz Miah on a well worked 18.

At the other end Ally Sim was contenting himself to playing only at the bad balls, and had 10 to his name, when giving himself space from what appeared to be a half tracker, swung over the ball and was bowled (34/4).

Morrison and Matthew Hastie settled into another round of consolidation, with both looking in control against the tight DAFS bowling, until Matt was run out at 46/5.

Cammy Ross was in next and he set about just playing his own game, not fearing the pitch too much and with Willie also taking the hint and the DAFS skipper changing up the bowling attack - the lads had the score up to 88 in the 26th over when Cammy, who was dominating by this stage with 40 to his name, went after one that was going to be a certain wide, and spooned the ball to cover.

Willie (24) followed soon after to leg spinner Barton to a good catch from Kumar with the score on 103/7.

Glens were very much not out of danger, and it was some decent rearguard action from Chris Humphreys, Des Bremner and Keith Graveling who saw the score up to 140 in the 38th over and all out.

Not a great total on a track that was definitely not easy to bat on, and with a huge rainstorm over tea, the Glens were pleased to have put the covers on during the tea break.

A passionate pep talk from Willie had the lads fired up and, thanks to the bowling of Chris Humphreys, two DAFS batsmen were gone for no runs on the board.

The rain began to mist down, not heavy, but enough of a concern to have the Glens getting through the overs quickly to ensure they got to 20 overs to allow a result to be posted.

The DAFS skipper was extremely sporting in assuring the Glens that he had no intention of letting a bit of rain bring his side off (something that would not always be the case for some of the sides that the Glens have faced this season), and with almost no chance of the target being met on 31/5 after 20 - this was a class act on Rob Hayward’s part.

The DAFS lads plugged away, but there was simply no let up in the Glens bowling as Kris (0/14), Des (2/18), Doddsy (1/14) and Coxy (1/5) all bowled excellent spells, giving up nothing.

A brief cameo from DAFS wickie Chris West (24) ended with an extremely painful looking clatter to the forearm from speed merchant Humphreys as the DAFS innings drifted to the close at 97/8 after the allotted 45 overs.

A fine, battling 20 points to the Glens and a plucky 10 to the sporting Edinburgh side. This lifts the Glens to at least third in the league standings pending results elsewhere with Marchmont taking on league leaders Penicuik.