Bute’s cricketers were left to rue a lack of bowling experience on Saturday as visitors Inverclyde secured a patient victory in the 48th over of the sides’ WDCU Championship clash.
Put in to bat after captain Chris South lost his last coin toss for the club, Bute made an encouraging 134 before being bowled out, the highlights being Martin Crump’s 50 and 38 for Richard Harding, the pair putting on 84 for the second wicket before a middle-order batting collapse which saw four wickets fall for only five runs in less than two overs.
Scoring on a lifeless pitch was slow for both teams, but Bute got off to an encouraging start, limiting Inverclyde to 64 for three from 29 overs before Deans held a good catch off Peacock in the 34th over.
Peacock then bowled Pilkington, the mainstay of the Inverclyde innings, for 46 in the 35th over, and did the same to Bruce in the 36th, leaving Bute apparently set for their first win of the season - but Inverclyde steadied the ship and made the most of a dubious decision not to give a run-out before eventually winning off the second ball of the 48th over with two wickets remaining.
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