Peebles County Cricket Club


Dunfermline 2nd XI v Peebles County Cricket Club 1st XI on Sat 17 Jul 2010 at 1.00pm
Peebles County Cricket Club Lost by 5 wickets

Match report The fine city of Dunfermline,ancient capital of Scotland,was the venue for Peebles County's latest defeat in the East of Scotland League on saturday. Shrouded in evanescent mist and rain,the Abbey,birthplace of Charles 1st,provided a surreal,fairytale backdrop on the sky-line over the city.The turbulent reign of this troubled monarch was characterized by strife,civil war and bloody conflict. Down below on the fields of McKane Park another form of carnage was about to unfold.

County captain Osborne won the toss and elected to bat first on a benign track sheltered by covers from the vagaries of the elements.County's shaky openers managed to do little more than survive for the first ten overs before the side imploded. Dunfermline bowler Neil Service ripped the heart out of County's top order with four wickets in the second half of his ten-over spell.True,he bowled with bite and accuracy,but this in no way excuses the elementary technical deficiencies of Peebles batsmen: they played back when thay should have been on the front foot,they played across the line when a straight bat was required.

Soon after Osborne,who was batting with style and confidence,was caught by the keeper essaying a dangerous late cut and the game was all but over for Peebles. Wolfe Murray A and Knight combined heroically to produce a rallying partnership and took the total to over a hundred, offering County's beleagured players a scintilla of hope.Both men batted with patience and discipline,the very qualities their colleagues sitting in the pavilion had so manifestly failed to display. The innings ended in the 42nd over with the scoreboard on 113.This was the one of the lowest recorded totals in recent history.

Defending it was always going to be a difficult ask but County's bowlers gave of their all. Knight and Osborne both took two wickets and Maxwell produced a hostile economical spell which deserved reward. After an early shock wicket,Dunfermline's batters "Mushy" Begg and McBride batted with a quiet assurance,interspersed with some sensational strokeplay. County will rue a difficult chance which went abegging when "Mushy"was in his late teens.He went on to complete his half-century and lay the foundations for victory. Ducoudray was the unfortunate bowler.

Emerging from the game with but four points,the result is a set-back for County but not an unmitigated disaster. It should not de-rail
the team from promotion which is still well within their reach provided they strenghten the batting.There were extenuating circumstances in that Peebles' two most prolific scorers,Chatt and Caddick were away in foreign parts but it was not a distinguished performance.

Peebles County Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Sandy Anderson Not Out  2
Andy Cresswell Lbw  10
Marcel de Courdray Bowled  0
Paul Osborne Caught  24
Alastair Maxwell Bowled  4
Paul Murray Bowled  7
Kim Wolfe Murray Bowled  5
Angus Wolfe Murray Caught  21
James Knight Bowled  24
Michael Ainslie Bowled  4
Matt Hillier Caught  9

Dunfermline 2nd XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Dunfermline 2nd XI Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 5 wickets
114 (0.0 overs)

Peebles County Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
James Knight9.3037218.503.89
Alastair Maxwell7.001300.001.86
Paul Osborne9.0023211.502.56
Marcel de Courdray4.002700.006.75