Having been handed a drubbing last week by division three leaders Hillhead, Bute County Cricket Club bounced back on Saturday by taking the sting out of a youthful Clydesdale Bees side with a seven wickets win at Auldhouse.
Major contributions to the victory were made by two of the club’s newest faces – signing of the season Rukman Hewage who shone with ball and bat, and Hertfordshire born ‘Aussie’ Martin Crump who put in a solid all round performance.
Fielding a nine strong team short on bowling strength and with Lilantha Wedisinghe unlikely to bat because of a nasty finger injury, Bute captain, Richard Harding with a stroke of genius put his weakest bowlers on first while Bees openers, Steve Taylor and Asad Khan were getting their respective eyes in.
Twelve-year-old Adam Guy showed much improvement and if a top edge had gone to hand would have got his first wicket. However Taylor and Khan made hay with a few loose leg side deliveries pushing Bees score along. While never threatening, Steve Mason for the most part bowled a good line and length conceding only 10 from his four overs.
The real action started in the ninth over as Crump entered the attack and immediately one of his slower spinners deceived captain Taylor bowling him for a very handy 17. Bees 39 for 1. Operating at the other end was coach, Alan Peacock who often blows hot and cold with the ball in his hand.
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