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NoSCA Senior T20 Round-Up
Despite the heavy rain across the North of Scotland on Saturday there was some play possible in eight of the nine scheduled matches across three venues in the NoSCA Senior T20 competition sponsored by Blake Geoservices.
Seven of the games produced a winner in ‘normal time’ with two games being decided on bowl-offs, where five players from each side take it in turns to bowl at the stumps with the winners being the team with most hits.
Group 1 - CASTLE PARK, HUNTLY
Huntly (0pts) v Buckie (2pts) - match abandoned (Buckie won bowl-off 2-1)
Huntly 41 - 8 (0pts) lost to Forres St Lawrence 43 - 0 (2pts) - match reduced to 10 overs per side
Buckie 100 - 7 (0pts) lost to Forres St Lawrence 101 - 2 (2pts)
The first game of the day at Castle Park, Huntly was abandoned without a ball being bowled and so went straight to a bowl-off with Buckie beating the home side 2-1.
The second game was reduced to ten overs per side and Huntly could only manage 41 off their allotted overs.
Forres passed this comfortably without losing a wicket, Alasdair Farr leading the way with 23 runs.
This set up a winner takes all finale and Buckie set Forres a more imposing 101 to win in the regulation 20 overs, Gus Farr being the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 18.
Brother Alastair again led the way with the bat and his 43 not out helped his side pass the victory target with more than 6 overs to spare.
Group 2 - COOPER PARK, ELGIN
Elgin 51 all out (0pts) lost to Northern Counties 53 - 1 (2pts) - match reduced to 10 overs per side
Elgin 110 - 6 (0pts) lost to Ross County 111 - 3 (2 pts)
Ross County 107 - 6 (2pts) beat Northern Counties 70 - 3 (0pts) - match abandoned (Ross County won bowl-off 1-0)
Heavy showers resulted in a 10 over a side game between host Elgin and Northern Counties at Cooper Park.
However, the home batting faltered and the visitors had no trouble in reaching their target of 51 with only one wicket down.
An improved performance in the second game saw the hosts post 110 in their 20 overs, thanks to some wayward Ross County bowling and some fine hitting from Ronnie Taylor.
Ross County were always ahead of the asking rate thanks to a good opening knock from Duncan Scott, and Chris Blake hit the winning runs in the last over of the game.
This again set up a shoot-out in the final game and Ross County set off at a great pace thanks to a quick-fire 48 from skipper Graeme Carney.
They stuttered after his dismissal and the final tally of 107 seemed about 25 short of par.
With the storm clouds gathering Northern Counties set of at a rapid pace and were quickly ahead of the required rate, but they lost wickets at vital times and were inconvenienced by several interruptions for rain.
However, with the score at 70 for 3 off 12.4 overs and Northern Counties looking firm favourites to win, play was halted for the final time.
The competition rules required a bowl-off if no result was achieved in the allotted time and Northern Counties subsequently missed all five of their efforts.
With the tension mounting and three misses by Ross County in reply, it was James Andrews who finally broke the deadlock to advance his team to finals day in 2 week’s time.
Group 3 - FRASER PARK, INVERNESS
Nairn County 88 - 9 (0pts) lost to Highland 90 - 1 (2pts)
Nairn County 161 all out (2pts) beat Fort William 52 all out (0pts)
Fort William 58 all out (0pts) lost to Highland 59 - 1 (2pts)
Proceedings were a good bit simpler at Fraser Park in Inverness where hosts Highland won both their games comfortably, bowling their opposition out for less than 100 and losing just one wicket in reply in each game, to march through to finals day.
In the other game in the group Nairn comfortably beat Fort William by over 100 runs thanks to skipper Alex Green continuing his prolific form with the bat in hitting 71 of his side’s 161 all out – the top score of the day.
Forres St Lawrence, Ross County and Highland will contest the finals on Sunday 30th July at a venue yet to be confirmed.
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