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An Afternoon at Kellands Park by Jack Nixon

The game of cricket as we all well know, is one in which people can do themselves serious bodily harm, including getting hypothermia and frost bite in the early part of the season, but just occasionally, the ball has played its part of inflicting damage on participants.
If you don't believe me just ask Chris Watson, the Inverurie captain who in Saturday's closely fought Grade 1 clash with Bon Accord, top edged a hook shot into the side of head, poleaxing him, and forcing him to leave the field of play.
But nothing deterred our Kellands Park hero recovered sufficiently to resume batting later in the home side's innings, marking his return with a spanking cover drive for four, enabling his side to reach 185  from their allocation of 45 overs. A total opponents reigning champions, Bon Accord were unable to hunt down, falling short by the small margin of 10 most of which were accumulated by captain courageous Chris in his second visit to the crease.
But just in case you think the home captain was the only star in this first class, close encounter, you would be wrong.
Once again the Bons proved that even without the services of Malik and Andy Win, they have some outstanding players, not least being opening bowler and batsmen, Fazal Awan who can turn matches with his moments of magic, including a tidy spell of bowling, followed by a near perfect half century to set up the possibility of a win.
The fact, the Bons did not win was in part due to a quality unbeaten knock of 84 from Inverurie's Trevor Norval who stroked his way to one of the best performances you might see this season, and the cornerstone of the home innings.
I am, however, not forgetting the home bowling attack who superbly contained the Links side's victory charge.
In particular, the tight bowling of George Hadden, Alan Johnston was a thing to behold, while Jordan Thom became an Inverurie legend overnight with his figures of four for 22. at the death.
You might by this time have got the idea that I enjoyed my afternoon, and you would be right. The only critical comment I would have to make to the Inverurie club is, if you are to lay on such fine, entertaining games, can you also arrange for the weather to be warmer!
Oh, and by the way there were other games being played elsewhere, but then you can read the results on this excellent website and draw your own conclusions.
Mr Watson must have recovered to the extent of leading his team to a notable league and Aberdeenshire Cup double, claiming two big Aberdeen scalps in the process, and all for the price of a headache on a weekend he won't forget in a hurry, nor will I!
chris  May 12 2019 - 10:28pm   
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