No rain no gain as United stay top of league

Marc Petrie

Marc Petrie

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Arbroath United Cricket Club’s XI played Edinburgh team Watsonians away walking off with a win by 19 runs at 192/8 to 173.

Brendon Ford and Gavin Swan were first to bat getting the visitors off to a brilliant start. Following a plague of injuries this year Ford put them all behind him and got on with it producing a solid opening.

It was not all plain sailing as Watsonians Ewan Chalmers claimed three wickets in six balls to leave United on 77 for 4.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t kick on from the good start and capitalise on it so lost a few wickets,” said captain Marc Petrie.

Petrie and Greig Peal stepped in to stabilise but the captain was not concerned: “We were always in control and were in no doubt that we could post a winnable target.

“There had been a lot of rain and the wicket was softer than usual. We knew if we got to 200 it would be a competitive score.

“We were a little short of that which was disappointing but it just meant we had to go out and bowl well in the first half of the second innings.”

The rain lasted about 20 minutes but the umpires and players were happy for the match to continue.

Petrie said: “It didn’t come too heavy so we didn’t think about it and just knuckled down to do the job that we needed to, which was get their players out.”

The second half of the second innings saw Mark Fleming and Peal bowl a great partnership keeping United ahead of the game.

Vice-captain Ross McLean returned to the team giving strength to the field.

“It was good to have him back,” said Petrie, “another helping hand for me!”

Watsonians’ Chalmers and James Easton appeared content to remain ahead of the run rate needing just 25.

But McLean demonstrated his proficient bowling Chalmers out and Greig took three wickets in the following over as Watsonians were dismissed for 173 in the 46th over,

The firsts play Stoneywood at the weekend, a team that United are well versed in facing.

“We’ve played them enough over the last two or three years so we know what their strengths are and we just have to make sure we don’t play to them. Michael Leask is their danger man, he’ll be the guy to watch.”

Calvin Burnett returns to the team following a return from holiday.

During various work commitments and holidays the captain has been impressed with the standard of players who come up from the seconds to step in:

“Mark Fleming and Gavin Swan have both proven that as well as good experience for them it has been a chance to impress which they certainly have done so far.”