INVERURIE Don Valley’s season brought another dominant display on Saturday as they swept aside Cults-Artisans at Allan Park.
With Trevor Norval incapacitated with the flu, Vice-Captain Mark Dunderdale broke Norval’s season long tradition and won the coin toss.
Asked to bat on a good wicket, Cults-Artisans struggled from the start and were soon in trouble as Skevington fired one through the defences of Dougie Anderson to bowl him for one. Ritchie Lamb replaced Morrison and with his second ball removed Milne, again clean bowled.
There was then a lull in proceedings as neither O’Brien nor Chisholm could make much of the Inverurie bowling. They put together a stand of 27 in 17 overs as Inverurie held them in check without much fuss.
O’Brien was out thought by Hadden for a patient 19 and the rest of the Cults-Artisans batting collapsed in spectacular fashion. Shot selection and strike rotation was what was required, however, the home batsmen preferred to be either block or bash. Unfortunately for them they selected the wrong option on nearly every occasion. Hadden and Jessiman bowled expertly to contain the score and when the innings was concluded on 82 all out from 45.2 overs, the home total was well below par.
Good efforts by the Inverurie bowlers coupled with a lack of application from the home batsmen made it painful viewing for the underused fielders and gathered spectators alike.
There was little of alarm in the pitch, or bowling attack, as Lamb and Hadden started the reply for the Grade 2 Champions. They got off to a rocking start as Hadden teed off on Milne and Lamb took a liking to Anderson. Both bowlers were soon replaced as home skipper, Mark Munro, rung the changes to try and prise a wicket and get a foothold in the game. As both batsmen found the fence at regular intervals the target of finishing the game within 10 overs looked to be on until Hadden was undone around his legs, bowled Thomson, for an aggressive 28 from 31 balls. The opening stand of 66 off 9.4 overs had effectively killed the game as a contest as Dunderdale came to the crease with the intention of finishing things off. Lamb added a few more boundaries to his tally as the target came into sight and 10 year old A. Dalziel was thrown the ball with only two runs required to win. Dunderdale promptly crushed the first ball faced from Dalziel straight into the gleeful hands of Thomson at mid off to give the Cults junior his first ever senior wicket. Two balls later Lamb smashed the winning runs through point to seal another comprehensive Inverurie win.
The Inverurie season concludes next Saturday with an away trip to second placed Stoneywood Dyce followed by a well deserved night out for the newly crowned Grade 2 Champions.
Cults-Artisans: 82 all out (45.2 overs)
G. O’Brien: 19; H. Chisholm 19
G Hadden: 3-20; J. Jessiman: 2-19; C.Morrison: 2-14
Inverurie Don Valley: 86 for 2 (12.3 overs)
R Lamb: 46 no; G Hadden: 28
The match ball was kindly donated by MB Moore.