INVERURIE Cricket Club’s unbeaten season came to an end at Kellands Park on Sunday afternoon when the Queens Cross/Stoneywood Dyce combined side ran out eventual winners at the end of a keenly fought encounter that saw Inverurie fall eight runs short of chasing the 212 they had been set in 40 overs, ending their participation in this year’s Bon Accord Cup.
Following Saturday’s rain, Inverurie skipper Trevor Norval had no hesitation in inserting the visitors on a still damp track and the decision looked to be a good one when opening bowlers Coutts and Morrison took a wicket apiece inside the first seven overs removing Snow (0) caught by Simon Jeffreys and Stuart Coetzer (14) caught by Dheeraj Anchan.
Unfortunately for Inverurie these early successes were to be the last until the final ball of the innings when Grant Jamieson was run out for a hard hitting 86 made up of five 6’s and eight 4’s ably supporting Robert Swiergon who carried his bat for an unbeaten 107 including three 6’s and eight 4’s.
Following tea Inverurie opened the batting with Coutts and Hadden and after seeing off the opening attack Hadden retired with an injury followed soon after by Anchan (2) stumped. The wicket brought skipper Norval (31) to the crease who, playing with his usual flair, saw the score through to 102 off 25 overs before falling to Snow in his penultimate over playing on to a quicker delivery.
With the required run rate at seven an over and wickets in hand Inverurie were still in the game and this continued for the remainder of the match with first David Johnston showing his class stroking 22 off 20 balls before unfortunately pulling a hamstring just as it looked like he could pull off a victory in tandem with the accelerating Coutts who was looking more confident with every over that passed. The injury to Johnston restricted his mobility and only a couple of balls later he fell LBW to be replaced by the returning Hadden.
With seven overs remaining Inverurie needed 54. However despite scoring a boundary in every over except the final one they fell eight runs short with Coutts last man out for a valiant 89 having hit four 6’s and eight 4’s.
Great credit should be given to the Inverurie batsmen who stuck to their task and ensured an exciting finish for the watching spectators. Ultimately the damage was done by allowing chances to go begging when fielding.
The match ball was sponsored by Inverurie Honorary Vice-President Bryce Adams.
This weekend Cults / Artisans visit Kellands Park for a league fixture.