Division leaders too strong for Bute cricketers

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A confident Hillhead brushed aside Bute County Cricket Club with a five wicket win on Saturday in a low scoring match as the Glasgow club cemented its position at the top of the Western District Cricket Union’s third division.

Captain, Richard Harding and wicket keeper Greg Mercer-Brown took the score on to 20 before Harding was caught and bowled by John Ferguson for 10 including one boundary. Craig Guy, promoted up the order, was out two runsThe islanders headed to Hughenden on one of the season’s rare sunny days with new signing, fast bowler Rukman Hewage making his first appearance for the club following his transfer from Stirling County.

Other new faces for this season were batsman/spin bowler Martin Crump from Australia who owns a flat in Rothesay and joined the club last year and 15-year-old shinty player John Wilson who bowls well and has the potential to become a good club performer.

Hillhead won the toss and gave Bute first use of the wicket. The island team was soon in trouble against a tight a bowling attack with Crump being caught by Jack Holland off James Thornhill for 0 with the score on 4.

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With the score on 28, Sam Miller departed for 0 caught by Ferguson off Craig Gilchrist and at 31, Mercer-Brown’s stubborn resistance came to an end when he was caught by Holland for 4 off Craig Gilchrist.

Hewage contributed 3 before he was bowled by Ferguson, while Alan Peacock coming in at number six top scored with 11 including one four and was seventh out caught by Ferguson off P Murray with the score on 48.

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