Tight bowling, persistent and increasingly heavy bouts of rain and a difficult pitch conspired to thwart battling Bute as the team fell 16 runs short against Hamilton Palace on Saturday.
With The Meadows currently out of commission, Bute played the ‘home’ fixture at Innellan’s picturesque Castle Toward ground, and in the absence of Richard Harding, vice captain Jack Deans was in charge of a side which included Tim Stobart, back from ButeFest duties, and Martin Crump, making his final appearance of the season before heading back to Western Australia.
Hamilton were reduced to 88 for eight on a pitch of uneven bounce and with a slope more exaggerated than Lords, with Alan Peacock and Rukman Hewage the pick of the Bute bowlers with figures of four for 26 and three for 19 respectively, though the last two Hamilton batsmen put on 28 runs between them to take the ‘visitors’ into three figures.
But Bute’s chances of victory were hit when potential match-winner Hewage was run out after taking a six, a four and a single from his first over, and heavy showers and failing light eventually put paid to the islanders’ innings with the score on 100.
* Full match report in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, August 13.