2nd XI - Report
|Stenhousemuir CC||189||vs||192/6||Moorcroft CC (Renfrew 2's)|
Stenny's own Double Dip Recession as 2nd's Lose out to Renfrew despite a Haleem Hat Trick
Stenny 2s played host to Renfrew on Saturday in the reverse fixture to the 1sts, enjoying slightly more success but ultimately the same dissapointment
Having taken delivery of a stock of double headed coins this week Stenny won its 2nd toss of the day, and like the 1sts the seconds opted to bat taking first use of the hot and sunny conditions on a dry pitch which looked like a 200 plusser.
The Stenny faithful watching had to look twice as the opening pair stode to the wicket, a reunion of Ian Philip and John Owens, turning the clock back more than a year or two !!
The two made a promising start and took the score to 39 in the 8th over before John Owens departed caught and bowled for a typically belligerent knock of 25 of only 24 balls.
Chris Halcrow came to the crease and did exactly what was asked playing a supporting role to Ian Philip who was now finding his touch in his first knock of the season. Jock passed his 50 at a run a ball and things were looking decidedly rosy for the 2nds Innings as the score reached the ton in only the 17th over. Unfortunately Ian Philip departed soon after reaching his 50 lbw for 53, followed soon after by his Chris Halcrow to another caught and bowled for 11. 100 for 1 was now 100 for 3 but no cause to panic as the team still had batting to come.
Unfortunately however only 2 of the next 6 batsmen made over 10, Peter Moses 15 and Alan Reed 13 as the early promise turned in to middle order mayhem.
67 runs were only added in the next 22 overs but more importantly for the loss of 6 wickets.
With the score on 167 for 9 and 11 overs still to bat the early promise had not been followed through in the batting effort thereafter. Waqas Haleem 13 and Arron Williamson 7 not out, did put up some last wicket resistance with a partnership of 22 before the Stenny Innings ended on 189 all out in the 44th overs (crucially with 6 overs unused of the 50)
A respectable total, but in the conditions and after being 100 for 1, not enough on a pitch and an outfield which said 200+ as a minimum.
The Renfrew reply started pretty much like the Stenny opening to the match, first wicket falling at 23, and the second at 91 in the 19th over, the wickets being taken by Angus McIntosh & Stuart Whyte respectively. These early overs were blighted however by 4 no balls and 14 wides being bowled (the equivalent of 3 extra overs plus the bonus runs).
What followed should have been the catalyst or the springboard for a Stenny victory as a decent turnout of spectators in the sunny weather were treated to one of cricket's special and relatively rare moments a bowling HAT TRICK. Ball 1 Arron Williamson takes a jumping catch at short mid wicket, Ball 2 Chris Halcrow with a smart piece of work stumps the new batsmen, Ball 3 Peter Moses turns back the clock with a smart catch diving forward to take it inches off the ground and the hat trick was complete. The bowler Waqas Haleem was naturally elated as his team mates gathered to congratulate him on this relatively rare feat in any bowlers career.
92 for 5 in the 20th over the game was back on for sure with Renfrew still needing 98 runs from the remaining 30 overs but now with only 5 wickets in hand and not the 8 wickets there had been before the over had commenced.
Time for Stenny to press home the momentum was the feeling in the crowd, as after the sudden flurry of wickets it had definitely switched to being in their favour.
Unfortunately it wasn't to be and Renfrew not only steadied the ship, but built a match winning partnership of 76 for the 6th wicket, only broken by the introduction of very occasional bowler Ian Philip who had Muzzaffar adjudged lbw after making a fine 59.
In more an act of desperation than anything else, a variety of bowling options were experimented with at the end in attempt to now secure an improbable victory. It wasn't to be however and Renfrew knocked off the required runs without further loss ending the match on 192 for 6 in the 41st over with 9 overs and 4 wickets in hand.
So Renfrew ran out winners in the end by 4 wickets, and Stenny were left to ponder many things, how 100 for 1 after 17 overs was not converted in to a 200+ score, not batting the full 50 overs with 6 left unused, indiscipline in the opening 10 overs of their reply with too many wides and no balls, and finally after building the momentum with the hat trick the bowlers being unable to capitalise and push home the advantage gained.
Plenty to reflect on for sure but better that than merely being beaten and having nothing to rue or reflect on as in the previous match.
Now to the Website Man of the Match - a cameo 25 from John Owens was not quite enough to get him in the frame so it came down to a choice of two. Ian Philip for his fine 53 and a rare wicket taken bowling at the death or Waqas Haleem for his 13 runs in a gutsy last wicket stand of 22 with Arron combined with this 10 overs 3 for 35. In the end it has to on this occassion go to Waqas Haleem not for his combined efforts (sure Ian wont mind a bit) but for the 3 wickets taken being in that most special of events, that of a bowling HAT TRICK (oh and the fact that Saturday was Waqas's birthday - so a nice present but like us all am sure he would have swapped it all for a victory)