17th June 2000 - Glenrothes 2, Away
For the first time in almost 20 years, Westquarter paid a visit to Glenrothes
on League business.
Invited to bat, the Sutton brothers once again provided a solid base to
the Westquarter innings with an opening stand of 42. The departure of
Robert for eight brought Crawford Churchill to the crease.
In what most observers considered to be his finest knock to date for the
club, Churchill despatched the ball to all points
in front of the wicket,
claiming seven boundaries in a sparkling 42.
Whilst Churchill provided the fireworks, Stephen Sutton was quietly accruing
runs, demonstrating his burgeoning maturity as an opening batsman. Due
reward arrived in the form of his first half century of the season. When
he eventually departed for 57 with the
score on 130, it was hoped that
a late flurry of runs would ensue from the following batsmen.
However, veteran John Bell had rather different ideas and grabbed
wickets in as many overs with his unerringly accurate medium pacers. Despite
John Sharp’s quick fire 17, Westquarter’s total of 148 for
seven from 47
overs was around 30 short of what might have been expected.
Seamers Bobby Angus and Frank Riddoch provided Westquarter with a dream
start in the field. In the
fourth over of the innings Angus had Sampson
caught behind and in the fifth Riddoch demolished the stumps of Snook
and Yarwood to leave the hosts reeling at 0 runs for three wickets.
Hopcroft offered a brief glimmer of hope for Glenrothes with a flurry
of positive strokes that yielded 30 runs before he was undone by Colin
Churchill’s pace and lost his middle stump. An astonishing reaction
catch in the slips by Alan Sutherland off Churchill accounted for Bell.
Thereafter, Willie Small and Jim
Sharp disposed efficiently of the tail
to complete a comprehensive 69 run victory for the Bailliefields men.
Result: Westquarter 148 for seven (SM Sutton 57, CR
Churchill 42, JD Sharp
17) 25 pts; Glenrothes 2 79 All Out (FJ Riddoch three for 12, CS Churchill
three for 24, J Sharp two for seven, WB Small one for 15, RS Angus one
for 17) 4 pts.