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An Afternoon at Friendly Fraserburgh – Report by Jack Nixon

A long trip to the most northerly ground in the ACA Grades to watch one of the oldest clubs play one of the newest, turned out to be a well worth visit, given the friendly welcome I was accorded by Fraserburgh captain Fraser Lawrance and his happy band of players, and helpers.
The visiting skipper of the Grampian side Johnson Varghese was no less accommodating, making me feel at home right from the outset.
The match, a first round tie in the Bon Accord Cup turned out to be a fiercely fought affair, though always played in the best spirit of the leather on willow game, and eventually won in the gathering gloom by Grampian by 103 runs. The early part of the day had been played in the beautiful, early summer sunshine, as Varghese made hay, scoring a splendid 83, only losing his wicket to the last ball of his side's innings on 217 for four wickets. Appropriately it was the Broch's best fielder Lawrance who ran out his opposing captain. Earlier in the game he had taken two blinding catches in the deep, but just failed to get both hands to a fierce Varghese drive early in the game.
But if Varghese was impressive at the crease their number four batsman Selby Babu was in stunningly aggressive form, hitting 56 from only 30 balls in a partnership worth a match winning 98 with his captain.
The tea interval came with the bonus of delicious offering from Laura and her cheerful band of helpers, which probably was too much for the home side who never got going in their knock, subsiding to 114 for nine in the face of some accurate bowling from the visitors to claim a place in the next round of the competition.
Liam Bowie and Stuart Flowerdew joint top scored for the home side with 21, while Varghese completed a fine day out with two wickets for nine runs, all making for an excellent day out, made better by the news that my 40/1 selection had won the Derby.
I shall certainly return to my "lucky" ground where I was made to feel right at home.
Thank you one and all.
Jack Nixon.

wytbu8  Jun 4 2017 - 8:20am   
 
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