Falkland Win Fife Cup
By Dave Jackman
Youngsters Shine in Fine Display
Falkland 134 for 4
(C Nellies 29, S Meikle 22)
Dunnikier 119 for 8
(T Aziz 37, M Safi 30 not out, J Singh 26)
Falkland won by 15 runs.
On Thursday night at Freuchie, Falkland beat Dunnikier by 15 runs to win the Fife Cup for 2019.After some heavy showers of rain during the day, the weather improved at night, and thanks are due to Freuchie CC for their efforts to get the game played.
Steven Meikle won the toss and decided to bat, and openers Cameron Nellies and Lyle Robertson got Falkland off to a good start. Nellies scored 29 but all the Falkland batsmen did well, everyone contributing to a good score of 134 for 4 off the 10 x10 ball Overs in this new format to this competition.
This always looked like a good score but a late Dunnikier rally saw them come to within 15 runs of the score, although the Falkland bowling remained quite tight. A few errors in the field did not help Falkland's cause but in the end the victory was deserved. This was the first time that Falkland have won the Fife Cup since 2015, and captain Steven Meikle was rightly proud of his young team which contains many players of great promise.
So congratulations to Falkland, but one would have to say as well that there were several things which happened which did little to enhance the game of cricket with, at one point, the Umpires looking as if they would have to abandon the game for reasons which reflected no credit whatsoever on Dunnikier CC. Founded in 1856, this must go down as one of their darkest days, and yet, had they concentrated on the game, they might even have won it! As it is, they were only 15 short.