15th May 2004 - Murrayfield/DAFS 2, Home
After losing the first home game of the season it was important for
to get back to winning ways against the visiting Murrayfield/DAFS side.
On winning the toss the visitors invited Westquarter to bat first and
as it turned out
this was probably a good decision for the home side.
Westquarter got off to a positive start on a slow wicket after the torrential
rain earlier in the week. Skipper Crawford Churchill was first to go in
the tenth over with the score on 25 and he was shortly followed by Rab
Sutton to put the home side on the back
foot. As memories of the collapse
in the season's first game came to mind Willie Small joined Steve Sutton
at the crease and the pair set about re-building the innings. Small was
in aggressive mood and would not let the visiting attack settle helping
Sutton to find some form with the bat. The partnership had reached 65
before Small was caught at
mid-on for a well made 28 and as often happens
after a partnership is broken Steve Sutton followed soon after. A couple
of more quick wickets saw the innings faltering again at 116
for 7 when
Bobby Angus provided some entertainment including a massive six before
he to was dismissed.
This brought the left handed pairing of Jim
Colin Fox together and the pair showed cool heads as Sharp provided the
attacking shots Fox was resolute in defence. The innings total had passed
of 150 before Fox was caught trying to provide some acceleration
in the closing overs. Colin's brother Stuart joined Jim Sharp and helped
him add a further 12 runs to take the final
total to a respectable 165
Now that the draw has been scrapped Westquarter knew that tight bowling
would now be rewarded
with victory and as such they set about that very
task. The first ten overs only brought six runs for the loss of 1 wicket
and the pressure was really building for the visitors. The
maintained when Willie Small replaced Colin Fox and proceeded to pick
up two wickets which was matched by two run outs thanks to excellent fielding
Churchill and Angus.
This put Westquarter well in control and Murrayfield/DAFS
struggling at 42 for 6 as Bobby Angus finished an impressive fifteen over
spell with figures of 2 for 21. The arrival of Kidd provided the visitors
with some relief and entertainment as he smashed his way to 26 including
4 fours and a six before he was
undone by a Willie Small slower ball.
At the other end Watling had been holding up one end after coming to the
crease at the fall of the first wicket until he was last man out for 40
with Murrayfield/DAFS reaching 97 in reply.
This was an excellent team performance posting a competitive total with
the bat and
backing this up with excellent bowling and fielding.
Details: Westquarter 165 for 9 (S Sutton 28, W Small 28, J Sharp 21no)
Murrayfield/DAFS 2 97 all out (W Small 4 for 34, J Sharp 2 for
7, B Angus 2 for 21) 5pts.