BUTE turned in their poorest performance of the year so far after their longest away trip of the season which saw hosts Kingholm overhaul their visitors after just 20 overs on Saturday.
Mitigating circumstances include a complete lack of practice in the preceding two weeks, a three hour trip to the ground, rain for the whole of the journey and dire warnings from the ‘prophet of doom’ about what he would do if the game was cancelled.
Skipper Mark Crichton returned to lead the side, and made a promising start by winning the toss and deciding to bat.
Sadly this was to be as encouraging as it got for a Bute team who never got going, finding scoring difficult and watching wickets fall at regular intervals.
There were to be no heroics this time from Guy Crichton, who made only three runs, with the highest scores coming from ‘silver fox’ Richard Harding, who hit a lovely straight six, and Alan Peacock, each managing 14 runs.
Mention should also be given to Robert ‘The Limpet’ Macintyre, who stayed at the crease for 18 overs to garner his total of one not out, and to Sam Parkins, who scored six, including a nice boundary, in his first innings for Bute and looked quite unfazed at the crease.
Thanks mainly to Macintyre’s efforts, Bute managed to stay on the field for 38 of their allotted overs on their way to a final total of 73, but they knew they would have their work cut out preventing Kingholm from reaching that target.
Hopes were raised a fraction when Chris South bowled their opening batsman in the first over, but despite good commitment from the Bute bowlers and good ground fielding from the rest of the players, the visitors’ total was overhauled in the 20th over, with Kingholm losing only three wickets in the process.
The only good side to this quick defeat was that it meant the players got back to enjoy the last section of Tee in the Port!
This Saturday, July 2, Bute will be looking for a much improved performance – and hopefully some dry weather – when they play host to Garscube in Rothesay. Players should meet at 11.30am for a 12 noon start.