Sunday was the local derby match between Montrose Cricket Club and Brechin Cricket club. With the wicket looking zippy and the weather overcast it was ideal for swing bowling.
Skipper Petrie won the toss and elected to field.
Gummadi was running late therefore Petrie was not able to open up with the usual partnership so the Yorkshire man Hornsley took up the chance to open up the Brechin attack.
Barrie Gourlay started off as impressive as always making sure his line was perfect but Alan wasn’t quite so good, bowling several wides in his opening two overs. Gummadi arrived in his pink dyed whites and replaced him straight away applying maximum pressure to the Brechin openers.
The breakthrough came in the fifth over when a slower ball caught out the slogging batsman and opening Barrie’s account. Brechin brought in their main man barker at number three and the scoreboard started to increase at rapid rate.
The next wicket fell with wicketkeeper Delfonte taking a shrewd catch down low from Gummadi’s bowling. Darren Gourlay replaced Brother Barrie at the Ferguson end. Despite a cracking eight over spell from the spinner with several turned down LBW appeals he was wicket less but his disciplined bowling was very economical on the run front.
Petrie replaced Gummadi and Montrose started to take control. The skipper was swinging the ball yards, which despite sometimes resulting in wide balls, the Brechin attack were failing to deal with it.
Petrie took five wickets in a cracking spell taking his place in the Montrose Hall of Fame. Three of these wickets were taken with catches, Hornsley Soutar and one from himself.
Hornsley had a second spell which was a bit more controlled, his good balls were crackers and he managed two wickets on his second spell from the Ferguson end which involved one catch from Christie. Brechin were bowled out for 143.
This was Montrose’s strongest outing in the field with very few mistakes. Skipper Petrie at the break was quoted as saying: “The Wednesday night practice has clearly made a difference, that was an excellent showing from the athletes out there. I’m very happy”
In an unusual turn of events Brechin requested teams changed over quickly and had the tea at the end, with feelings good in the Montrose camp skipper Petrie was happy with this, sent Gummadi and Christie to get padded up and chase down the weak total. Big Ken was out of the blocks quickly looking back to his best but with 14 balls and nothing to show for it Gummadi was bowled giving Brechin a sense of hope.
Number three batsman was Barrie Gourlay and alongside the big Villa fan they put on a strong partnership finding runs with ease and putting Montrose in a very strong position. The partnership was ended when Kenny was bowled.
Skipper Petrie was in at 4 and in identical circumstances to Gummadi faced 14 balls, no runs and out for a duck. Simon Delfonte was in at five and in his usual calm and collected way knocked the ball about. Barrie reached his first half century for the club and whilst still smiling at his achievement was bowled next ball.
Up next was former captain Gregory Soutar. Greg who has been looking good at practise and in good form put on a fifty partnership with Simon and with the score on 143 Greg dispatched a cover drive for the winning runs.
Montrose Cricket club congratulate Barrie on finally getting his half century and skipper Petrie on his maiden five-wicket haul and making their way into the club’s history books.