BUTE finished a rain-soaked season on a high note this week, following up confirmation of their second-place finish in the WDCU Championship with a brace of 20/20 wins over the touring Morrisonians club from Perth.
The damp pitch persuaded both sides to opt for two T20 matches instead of one 40-over game, just in case rain stopped play, and Bute, batting first in the opening game, got off to a flyer, with Alan Peacock and Tim Stobart racing along to 23 from the first three overs before Alan was out for nine, well short of completing a suicide run; Stobart eventually followed for 31.
Brothers Mark and Guy Crichton then put the young Morrisonian bowlers to the sword, bludgeoning 17 fours and nine sixes between them en route to a total of 213 for six.
The visitors, all former pupils of Morrison’s Academy in Crieff, were given a revised ‘pass mark’ of one hundred, but fell just short, with two of Bute’s less experienced bowlers, Louis Ware and Craig Murray, catching the eye - Ware took two for 13 from four overs, while Craig Murray conceded just 22 runs from his four as the recently-formed Morrisonians side closed on 95.
Bute batted first in the second game too but reversed their batting order, opening with Francois Lintermans and Louis Ware, who were out for two and 15 respectively.
Richard Harding rescued the innings with 45 not out, while captain Mark Crichton was bowled for 28 as Bute completed their 20 overs on 124 - but that total would still prove to be too much for the visitors, who closed on 107 after the Crichton brothers ripped the life out of their run chase.
* For a full report on an entertaining final day of the Bute cricketing season, see this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, September 13.