The week’s indoor cricket matches saw wins for The Mighty Six, Bonxies and the Stingrays. The change of players in each team for the second half of the season was meant to make for very close games but Lerwick have struggled to get their team to fire and the Bonxies have managed to win all their games to date with comparative ease.
Mighty Six 106 for 4
Warriors 100 all out
These two teams are very evenly matched and a close game was expected. Batting first, the Mighty Six openers Dave Holliday and John Gray, who have started to get a good understanding going, scored evenly.
The Warriors bowlers were again this week bowling far too many extras, a total of 32 conceded in the match. All these extras make it hard for the batsmen to concentrate. Both openers were out on scores of 23.
Robbie Simpson and Asif Muhammad were in at number three and four and they both took the attack to the bowlers, helping the Mighty Six reach a total of 106 for four.
The Warriors opened their batting with brothers David and Paul Nicol. They scored well but neither looked too comfortable with the bat. David was the first to fall for 14 and Paul went soon after for 21.
Neil McLean was next in and made a rapid 24 before he was bowled. The Warriors were running out of overs and wickets and a very tight second last over from Muhammed saw the Warriors need 15 runs from the last over. Two wickets fell in the last over as the Warriors were all out for 100.
Mighty Six 74 for 5
Bonxies 75 for 1
Batting first, the Mighty Six made a good start with Dave Holliday and John Gray running well together for the first two overs.
After that the Bonxies bowlers and fielders started to warm to the task. Gray was the first wicket to fall with the score on 25. Asif Muhammad was the next batsman in and he went for his shots from the start, hitting the ball very hard as he reached his 25 in very quick time and retired.
Three wickets then fell very quickly with only one run being added. Muhammed returned to bat to help the Mighty Six reach a total of 74 for five from 10 overs, Muhammed scoring 30. Adam Priest was the pick of the Bonxies bowlers with three wickets for 21.
The Bonxies reply started very steadily with Andrew Cooper and Stuart Fox both playing a good mix of running for threes and hitting any bad ball for a boundary. Cooper was the first wicket to fall but by this time the Bonxies had scored 53.
The Mighty Six bowling was too wayward as 24 wides were bowled. This helped the Bonxies reach a winning total of 75 for one from eight overs.
Lerwick 18 all out
Stingrays 19 for 1
The first time these two teams met Lerwick were bowled out for just 16 with Craig Jenkins taking five wickets for the Stingrays.
Lerwick went into bat first this time around and you could see that the batsmen were not looking forward to this game. Chris Barker opened the bowling for the Stingrays and with his third ball a wicket fell. Another wicket three balls later and Lerwick were looking like 16 runs would be a good total to reach.
Craig Edwards was the number three batsman for Lerwick and he looked to stick around and make a big total. Craig Jenkins was in good form with the ball, however, and he took a wicket with the last ball of his first over.
Some rash shots helped the bowlers and wickets fell at an alarming rate, Lerwick all out off the last ball of the fourth over for 18, with Jenkins taking three for eight and Barker two for five.
The Stingrays in reply scored 19 for one from five overs.
The player of the week award went to Craig Jenkins from the Stingrays.