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Buckie sees off Huntly as league cup defence gets under way

By Alan Beresford

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BUCKIE faced Huntly on Sunday in the Mcleod and Maccallum Nosca Reserve League Cup, winning the toss on a warm, sunny afternoon at Linzee Gordon Park against their youthful opponents.

John Corsie, pictured here against Highland, helped steady the ship for Buckie at the crease.
John Corsie, pictured here against Highland, helped steady the ship for Buckie at the crease.

The hosts chose to bat on another well-prepared Iain MacDonald wicket with Neil Duthie and Anthony Wilson opening the batting for Buckie. They made a reasonable start putting on 37 when Duthie was out for six. The runs kept flowing from Wilson’s bat, as usual, but he was undone by Buckie old boy Barry Newlands as he was clean bowled for 33.

Ali came in for a swashbuckling 17 off 11 balls and Aftab, along with captain Shakeel kept the runs flowing with 18 and 26 respectively. In came new start Owen Grant who failed to trouble the scorers on his first outing but with lots of hope for more runs in Buckie colours in the future. Ross Davison also failed to trouble the scorers and Dan Shenton managed to scramble four runs before being cleaned bowled by the wily Jim Lodge.

John Corsie then steadied the ship and added some more runs in the final over. Buckie ending up on all out for 167 on their first innings of the year. Pick of the Huntly bowlers was J Lodge whose slow spin managed to beguile the Buckie team to the tune of 4 for 35.

Huntly never really got going in their innings; they tried to push the score along but with some tight Buckie bowling the result was never in doubt. With openers Wilson and Shakeel keeping things tight, Huntly could only amass 15 runs in the first 10 overs with Newlands finally caught by a stunner at slip from Wilson.

Standard practice for someone of Wilson’s pedigree but not out of place on a county cricket highlight reel. Wickets steadily followed for Huntly, who looked on no real danger of chasing down the target, Shenton chipping in with wickets on his season opener. It was great to see Owen Grant bowl so well on his debut and hopefully more to follow here. The match finished with a resounding 80 run win for Buckie

Overall a good day to brush off the cobwebs, a tricky away to game to Highland CC awaits next for Buckie on May 15. Many thanks to Black Dog Finance for their continued sponsorship to the club for the 2022 season.

Training sessions are now on a Thursday at 6.30pm.

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