After a difficult few weeks for Bute County Cricket Club, the team managed the trip to Ayr to play Cambusdoon in the WDCU Cup on Saturday, in bright sunshine.
Due to Bute fielding a weakened batting line-up in the absence of club captain Mark Crichton and vice-captain Tim Stobart, stand-in captain Richard Harding chose to bowl on what looked to be a batsman paradise. And so it proved.
Bute’s bowlers got off to a great start, restricting Cambusdoon to 14 for 2 in the 4th over. Unfortunately the batting side then took control with two big parternships of 90 and 140 runs. Bute’s bowlers had some joy by stopping C. Gordon making his half-century when Alan Peacock had him LBW for 46.
Guy Crichton clean-bowled Cambusdoon captain Naill McCrossin for 97. Alas they couldn’t prevent S. Jefferson making his first ever ton, however, the best bowler of the day was young John Wilson who took 2 wickets for 34 from 3 overs, including having Jefferson caught by Guy Crichton for 119.
Bute’s batsman started well, until they lost their first wicket of innings when Gary Dickenson was caught and bowled for 12. Alan Peacock followed when caught for 18, and Harding was the only other batsman tos core double figures.
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