Jul 19 2012 by Katy Gordon, Blairgowrie Adv
Norwood 176 for five (25 points)
Coupar Angus 63 (4 points)
DAWSON Park in Dundee was barely playable prior to the start of Saturday’s league game, due to the wet condition of the ground as well as some excessive worn and churned up areas where footballers had been training at the end of the square.
With several hectares of open space to choose from, one wonders why they chose to train on the cricket pitch, rendering the area unsafe.
The captains were so concerned that they agreed to wait half an hour following another shower, with a view to just having a 20 overs a side thrash. However, it was agreed that if it was safe to play a shortened version then the full 90 overs game should proceed.
Although the Coupar players were keen to play a game of cricket during this rain affected season, everyone’s main concern was for Grant Carnegie and his family, following the sad death of his wife Eileen last week. There was a sombre mood in the Dawson Park dressing room when the players were asked to think of the Carnegie family and try their best under what were dreadful conditions.
Norwood batted first on the soft wicket and batted with early caution. Michael Ancell struggled to find his length, but he had been a doubt for the game earlier in the week with a virus.
Norwood opener Steve Boarder was hospitalised following a top edge which struck his eye, resulting in a nasty cut above and below his eye as he attempted to pull an Ancell full toss.
Roland Thorn bowled his full spell, conceding few runs and managing to contain his frustrations when a series of straight forward looking catches were spilled, a common theme of late and some much needed catching practice will be undertaken at this week’s nets.
But even if the catching was poor there was evidence of enthusiastic fielding, and there were good bowling spells from Alan Neave, Mike Nelson, Gordon Croll, Mark Grogan, and Robb Gibbs.
By the time Coupar were at the crease the batting strip was peppered with pitch marks, while the home bowling attack seemed to know the need to pitch the ball well up at the batsmen.
None of the top order Coupar batsmen looked comfortable with few runs being scored. Wickets were soon falling to the tight Norwood bowling and the majority of shots played were of the airborne variety, several of which were caught. These six well taken catches further emphasised the importance of holding your catches and it was not long before the die was cast and the shutters were up on the pavilion.
Coupar have competed in games recently, when it wasn’t really safe or conducive towards proper cricket, but always keen to play and Saturday was no exception, with the thoughts of the entire team with their vice-captain.
Norwood 176 for five (S. Sharma 38, R. Proctor 26, Sarfraz 21 not out; Mike Nelson two for 42; Roland Thorn one for 16; Alan Neave one for 25, Gordon Croll one for 42), Coupar Angus 63 all out (Gordon Croll 18, Mark Grogan 12; S. Sharma five for 9, D. Saddler two for 14).
This Saturday sees Coupar compete in a relegation battle with Dalnacraig at Larghan Park. Mike Ancell is on holiday and will miss the return game, with Bobby Edington looking for an improved performance to the one which saw his charges well beaten at Dalnacraig in May.