Dalnacraig 275 for five (25 points)
Coupar Angus 72 all out (4 points)
DUNDEE in the heat was one way of describing the experience of Coupar Angus Cricket Club, when little went well for the 10 men who travelled.
Bobby Edington thought carefully after winning the toss but decided to have a bowl in what turned out to be a torrid afternoon for him and his charges, running for the ball over the revamped Dalnacraig ground.
Roland Thorne and Alan Neave again opened the bowling attack, with both looking lively, but young Alan aggravated a recent leg knock and this brought Mike Nelson into the attack earlier than planned.
This game had two neutral umpires supplied by the Union and they made it clear that they were not going to tolerate any nonsense.
The new Coupar wicket keeper again looked the part with the gloves, taking two fine catches, much to the delight of Mike Nelson.
Dalnacraig have strengthened their line-up since the last time they were in Division One and their early batsmen laid a sound platform for the Dundee High School associates.
The least said about the first gruelling 45 overs, the better, but the home side made the most of the placid batting track. Bob Hopkins, who has been on the Dundee High School scene for many a year, was also among the runs but poor Mike Ancell, who was playing against his boyhood team, suffered the ignominy of being stopped by the umpire for bowling five beamers.
The massive total of 275 was unlikely to be passed and two successive leg-before decisions from the first two deliveries effectively killed off any chance that Coupar would get anywhere near the target. Another two wickets fell in the third over and so the weary visitors were struggling on an embarrassingly low four wickets for five runs.
Bobby Edington, who admitted to getting it wrong when fielding first, went for broke and merely looked to pass the lowest league total in recent times. This was achieved but the youngsters who completed the long tail looked a bit out of their depth and so the mismatch was finished after 17 overs.
Apart from the one-sided nature of the game, the only other issue was the number of extras. Coupar conceded no fewer than 50 runs, with 14 no balls, a massive 30 wides, and the remainder as byes.
Dalnacraig 275 for five (R Hopkins 67, F Saeed 44, M Bucket 35, J Braid 34, J Amin 20 not out; M Nelson three for 30, G Gibbons two for 22). Coupar Angus 62 all out (Bobby Edington 30; A Saeed five for 24, D Kiminster three for 3).
Coupar must dust themselves down for the trip to Aberfeldy on Saturday, while the Twenty 20 thrash at Dooc’t Park on Wednesday this week will provide some much-needed batting practice on a good wicket.
Warren Sutherland popped in to Dalnacraig on Saturday and he will hopefully return after a season off. Warren will bring some experience at the top of the order for what will be an important game in Coupar’s quest to avoid relegation.
The Larghan Park side were asked if they would arrange to play away from home in order to enable the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations to take place and, ironically, a 1950s-style game of cricket at the park.