Maximum points as Linlithgow Cricket Club seal win over Watsonians 2s

Last Saturday saw Linlithgow Cricket Club convincingly beat visitors Watsonians 2nds by 45 runs.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 2:03 pm
Linlithgow cricketers were celebrating a comprehensive victory last Saturday (Library pic)
Linlithgow cricketers were celebrating a comprehensive victory last Saturday (Library pic)

The visitors won the toss at Boghall and asked Linlithgow to bat first on a warm but cloudy afternoon.

The home side started well enough but lost wickets regularly until, with the score at 49 for 4 wickets, Craig Black was joined at the crease by out-of-form Rory Saunders.

The pair did an excellent job of stabilising the innings and providing a solid platform upon which a good score could be built. Black fell just short of his half-century when he was adjudged LBW for 48 runs.

Saunders was joined at the crease by new recruit Rory Martin, and the pair carried on the good work.

Saunders continued to play himself back into form and his team-mates were delighted to see him pass 50 with a powerful drive back past the bowler.

Those two pushed the score along to 175 before Saunders was finally caught for 56. Linlithgow finished with a solid score of 197 for the loss of seven wickets from their 45 overs.

Watsonians came out with a lot of positive intent at the start of their innings, and they seemed to be enjoying the extra pace on the ball provided by the Linlithgow opening bowlers as they raced past 50 in little time.

The introduction of first change bowlers Rory Martin and Andrew Wallace saw the tide turn, however.

Wickets began to tumble with the departure of the impressive opener, Sievwright, who made 49 runs in very quick time.

Rory Martin finished with fine figures of four wickets for 20 runs from his nine overs, while Andrew Wallace took three for 36 from a similar spell.

The visitors’ innings lost all momentum for a period, and it seemed Linlithgow were going to coast home to a victory by around 80 runs.

Their march towards victory was delayed, however, by some solid batting from the Watsonians’ lower order but ultimately Linlithgow won, collecting the maximum 20 points from the fixture, with the visitors gaining eight bonus points.

This weekend Linlithgow 1st X1 travel into Fife to face Dunnikier.