2XI vs Linlithgow
Robinson and Penman lift the Glens
A look at the result suggests a fairly comfortable win for the Glens but things could have been very different...
With travel chaos hampering the teams arrival the Glens arrived at various times before 1 to take on Linlithgow at Boghall. Skipper Scott won the toss(for the first time in a while) and elected to bat first on what seemed a decent track with a quick outfield, hopefully runs would flow.
Regular opener Guy Robinson opened with his 5th different partner in 5 games with Graham Dodds Jnr accompanying him to the crease. DJ was first to for 0 with the score on 14, only 3 of which had come off the bat. Shane (1) and Talha(0) both came and went. Scott tried to dig in but played a loose shot and was bowled for 12. With the score on 38-4 after 17.5 overs the signs were not good for the Glens. With Guy still at the other end having watched wickets tumble, he was joined by Jamie Penman. For the next 21 overs these two batted almost flawlessly. Guy getting into his stride and Jamie adapting quickly to the tight home bowling. Knocking the ball around to keep the score ticking over coupled with the boundaries from the loose delivery made for a great for all supporting the Glens. Jamie was first to pass his maiden 50 for the club and was closely followed by Guy for his first of the season. After a tremendous partnership of 134 Jamie was next to go for an excellent 70. Farooq was next to go for 5 before Guy was finally undone for 77, looking much more like the player he can be. Some good running at the end managed to lift the Glens to 200-8 from their 40 overs. 148 runs in the second 20 overs.
After another excellent tea the Glens took to the field with Farooq and DJ taking the new ball. Some excellent bowling from both guys saw just 22 on the board after the first 9 overs. This included 4 maidens for Farooq who went for only 2 runs in his 5 overs. With no early breakthrough the skipper looked to make something happen bringing on spinners Ross Mearns and himself. Scott struck with his 3rd ball to make the breakthrough LBW. 4 overs each for the spinners before Mehmood and Talha were next to bowl. The next wicket however came from a comical run out. Scott threw at the stumps when the batsmen looked for a quick single, missing the stumps the ball bobbled hit Shane in the shoulder, Farooq then collected the ball as the batsmen looked for a 3rd and threw to Alec who removed the bails. From here the Linlithgow wickets fell at regular intervals with only G.Heath putting up much resistance. There were 2 each for Mehmood and Talha who both bowled excellent spells and 2 more in 2 balls for the skipper. Ross decided to give up one of his overs to Guy who proceeded to take his first(and possibly last) wicket of the season with an excellent delivery, he then went on to tell the bowlers how easy it is bowl at the stumps. An over too for youngster Alec Davies before DJ finished of the game bowling the last man. A win by 79 runs.
Overall, a good performance from the Glens, much better on the fielding front than in recent weeks. Good to see guys really stepping up when its required from them.
Special mentions have to go to Guy and Jamie for excellent innings when it was really needed. Also, big thank you to David Lucas for doing a fantastic job scoring the book for the full match.