Aug 2 2012 Blairgowrie Adv
Rossie Priory 192 for five
Coupar Angus 23 for no wicket
Match abandoned due to rain
IT would have been asking rather too much to expect a Saturday afternoon without rain and again the weather was the main talking point at Larghan Park on Saturday.
Prior to the start of the game, a heavy shower put paid to the usual 1pm start, however play commenced after 15 minutes to allow the batting strip and outfield to dry out.
When the sides met at the Priory at the end of June, Coupar had to bat first on a real pudding of a wicket and on Saturday the visitors batted first on what is always a good surface, conducive to batting.
Rossie were without the services of Peter Yearworth, Derek McAlpine, and Peter Milne, but they have a good crop of youngsters and experienced heads to compensate for the players on holiday and injured.
The visitors hadn’t played since the game against Coupar at the Priory and sitting on top of the league, they were up for the game against their old friends from the days of the Perthshire League.
Roland Thorn and Alan Neave opened the bowling for Coupar, managing to contain the Rossie openers Alan Lynch and Australian Jacob Wilson, although they couldn’t make the necessary early breakthrough.
Young Alan eventually had Wilson caught behind in the 13th over thanks to his captain Bobby Edington.
Lynch on the other hand wasn’t dismissed until the 34th over when the wicketkeeper gave Mark Grogan the first of his two wickets.
The general fielding is getting better, with two straight forward catches by Mike Ancell and Gordon Croll.
Mike’s catch at point rewarding Gordon and Gordon reciprocating at long on to the delight of Mike, who had been struggling during his first spell.
There were, however, chances early on in the Rossie innings and these dropped catches have been costing Coupar dearly this season.
Rossie made a final push for runs towards the end of their innings and scored 60 off the last 10 overs.
This wasn’t the biggest total Coupar have been set this season and hopes were high that with Warren Sutherland hungry for runs and stalwarts Gordon Croll, Bobby Edington, and the flamboyant Roland Thorn all in form a target total of 192 was considered an obtainable total to pass.
During the sumptuous tea interval, the players and spectators devoured cake and sandwiches in glorious sunshine and conditions looked perfect for opening batsmen Warren Sutherland and Alan Neave to make inroads on the big Rossie total.
Just as was the case at the start of the Rossie innings; heavy rain had the players rushing for shelter after six and a half overs and such was the severity of the downpour that play never resumed.
Although Coupar didn’t lose this game, there was an optimistic feeling that Coupar could get a rare victory against a side which looks destined to return to the Premier division.
Rossie Priory 192 for five (A. Lynch 63, J. Wilson 42, B. Stephens 30; Mark Grogan two for 20, Michael Ancell one for 29, Gordon Croll one for 31, Alan Neave one for 38), Coupar Angus 23 for non (Warren Sutherland 17 not out).
Such was the intensity of the storm that players had to run for their cars at the car park, prompting calls from the visistors of why are cars after over 60 years of access to the cricket ground not allowed in now.
They hardly believed that the response from Perth and Kinross Council is that they are concerned that the cars will damage the grass when on an average day at the top of the park, youngsters race all over the surface on motor bikes, mini quads.
As is always the case when Coupar face Rossie at Larghan, both teams retired to Nortel for refreshments and to discuss the game and recall memories of past games.
The Larghan Park side are currently second bottom of Division One of the Strathmore and Perthshire Cricket Union and this Saturday’s game against bottom side Breadalbane is billed as the most important game of the season.
Bobby Edington is hoping to have his strongest side out for this crucial game when he hopes his side will get revenge for the defeat at Aberfeldy at the start of June. Contrary to rumours circulating in the town, this is not an all ticket game.