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Results 2016

Played 19, won 11, lost 8, tied 0, no result 1.
Wed 20th April St Andrews University 3rd XI (A, 20) - Friendly Won by 5 wickets | report | | scorecard |
Sun 24th April St Andrews University 3rd XI (A, 40) - Friendly Won by 5 wickets | report | | scorecard |
Wed 27th April Largo (A,20) - Friendly Cancelled
Wed 11th May Falkland (A,20) - Friendly Cancelled
Sun 15th May St Modans (H, 45) - SPCU - Div 1 Won by 75 runs | report | | scorecard |
Sun 22nd May Forthill (A, 45) - SPCU - Div 1 Lost by 47 runs | report | | scorecard |
Thurs 26th May Rossie Priory (A, 20) - Friendly Won by 6 wickets | report | | scorecard |
Sat 29th May DHSFP (A, 45) - SPCU - Div 1 Won by 6 wickets | report | | scorecard |
Wed 1st June Perth Doocot (A,20) - Friendly Won by 16 runs | report | | scorecard |
Sun 5th June Kinloch (H,45) - SPCU - Div 1 Lost by 3 runs | scorecard |
Wed 8th June Dundee University Staff (A,20) - Friendly Won by 7 wickets | scorecard |
Sat 11th June Perth Doocot (A,45) - SPCU - Div 1 Cancelled (rain)
Sat 18th June St Modans (A,45) - SPCU - Div 1 Lost by 106 runs | report | | scorecard |
Wed 22nd June Falkland (H,20) - Friendly Cancelled
Sun 26th June Perth Doocot (H,45) - SPCU - Div 1 No result (rain) | report | | scorecard |
Wed 29th June Dundee University Staff - Ferrier Cup Lost by 7 wickets | scorecard |
Sat 3rd July Forthill (H,45) - SPCU - Div 1 Cancelled (rain)
Wed 6th July Rossie Priory (A,20) - Friendly Cancelled
Wed 13th July Forthill (A,20)- Friendly Lost by 29 runs | report | | scorecard |
Sat 16th July DHSFP (A,45) - SPCU - Div 1 Won by 6 wickets | report | | scorecard |
Sat 23rd July Kinloch (A,45) - SPCU - Div 1 Won by 7 wickets | report | | scorecard |
Sun 31st July Kinloch (H,45)- SPCU - Div 1 Won by 86 runs | report | | scorecard |
Wed 3rd August Largo (A,20) - Friendly Cancelled
Sun 7th August Perth Doocot (H,45) - SPCU - Div 1 Lost by 48 runs | scorecard |
Sun 14th August St Modans (H,45) - SPCU - Div 1 Won by 99 runs | scorecard |
Sun 21st August Forthill (A,45) - SPCU - Div 1 Lost by 9 wickets | report | | scorecard |
Sun 28th August DHSFP (H,45) - SPCU - Div 1 Lost by 8 wickets | scorecard |
Sun 4th August Dollar (H,40) - Friendly Cancelled
Sat 10th September Largo - Friendly Cancelled

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St Andrews University 3rd XI, 20th April 2016

StAUSCC 112-5 (18 overs) beat St Andrews University Students 3rd XI 111-7 (18 overs) by 5 wickets
(J. Crooks 53*, J Threlfall 17)

StAUSCC opened up the season with a last-ball victory in the dark against the students.

With Dom winning the first toss of the season, and as ever choosing to bowl first, Phil made a breakthrough in the 3rd over taking the first wicket of the season courtesy of a fine catch by James T. The 2nd wicket partnership pushed the score into the 40s before Francis struck in his first over of an excellent spell, Paul grasping the ball at the second attempt.

Jon had the joy of taking a wicket with his first ball, a steepling catch taking by our student ringer - who also took a wicket in a good spell. With Pat removing the captain to halt a middle-order resurgence the students struggled their way to 111-7, with just 18 runs coming in the final 5 overs.

Opening up in response Dom’s brief stay included a dropped catch before being run-out. Ross and James took the score to 31 before Ross, and then Fahad, fell to left-arm spin as StAUSCC looked in some trouble. However, James C and Paul stabilised the innings with sensible batting and eager running in a partnership of 33 to put the chase back on track before Paul fell with 48 runs needed off the last 6 overs.

James T then pushed StAUSCC towards victory- hitting his second ball to the boundary as he upped the run rate, with James C also finding the boundary more regularly. With scores level and two balls to go JT was denied the final glory by a thin edge behind, falling for an excellent 17. This left Francis to stride fearlessly out and hit his first ball over the top in near darkness to complete the victory, with JC unbeaten with a well-judged 53.

A good start to the season with fine bowling spells from all and some tidy catching, and the partnership between the James's taking us to victory.

St Andrews University 3rd XI, 24th April 2016

StAUSCC 207-5 (38.5 overs) beat St Andrews University Students XI 205-9 (40 overs) by 5 wickets
(D. Bransden 84*, R. McLennan 39) (J. Crooks 4-45, R. Earnshaw 2-25)

StAUSCC completed consecutive victories over the students after a fine run-chase in our first Sunday game of the season.

Phil and James C opened the bowling and JC was unfortunate to see an early chance put down by Dom at 1st slip, but further chances were to follow (and importantly were taken). The initial breakthrough came with the score on 30, JC taking a return catch to remove the opposition captain after some confusion over whether it was a bump ball or not. Rebekah was brought into the attack as first change and immediately caused problems with a tight line, removing the other opener courtesy of a catch by Phil at mid-on.

A tidy spell from Jon, including the only maiden of the innings, meant the students weren't able to up the rate and the frustration showed as they attempted to hit Rebekah over the top – Stefan safely taking the chance. With Pat, 1-15 off his 5 overs, and Dave also getting in on the wickets the students were left at 80-5 at the halfway stage. There followed a 71 run partnership before the initially shot-less no. 7 tried to clear Stan at mid-on, only to see an impressive stretch and one-handed take to give James his 2nd wicket.

The opener began to play more aggressively as he approached, and passed, his century and with the aid of some innovative shots from the no. 9 the Students managed to push the total past the 200 mark – before both batsman were removed – JC taking his 4th wicket and Dave rewarded for an excellent final over with his 2nd wicket.

In response Ross and Dom pounced on some short bowling, generously aided by wides, as the StAUSCC innings got off to a swift start, racking up 34 in the first 5 overs. The pair continued to keep the scoreboard moving , taking advantage of any loose bowling on offer and running aggressively, and at the halfway drinks StAUSCC were looking good at 101-0, a century opening stand that may well be the first for the club since 2006.

The partnership ended on 105 as Ross was lbw to the Students' left-arm spinner for a valuable 39. The spinner was to take the next wicket as well, Paul lbw after a brief cameo. Callum played a couple of nice shots before top-edging a short one behind as the students sensed a way back in to the game.

However, Stan came in to steady the ship, with Dom ensuring the required run-rate was kept in check by taking 15 off an over. With Stan clean-bowled for 13 after a partnership of 41, James C nudged the ball around to bring the target within 6 runs - which he tried to achieve in one hit, edging behind. James T then came in to ensure there was no need for the last over, hitting 6 off 3 balls to bring victory, with Dom batting through to finish on 84 not out.

St Modans, 15th May 2016

StAUSCC 241-5 (45 overs) beat St Modan 166 a/o (40.4 overs) by 75 runs
(J. Crooks 119*, D. Bransden 42, J. Hey 38) (D. Miller 3-16, J. Crooks 3-30, S. Frankland 3-44)

St Andrews continued their winning start to the season with a convincing victory in their opening league game.

Being put in to bat Ross departed in the 4th over, with Stan following soon after as a victim to the vagaries of the C1 bounce - one hitting him on the nose before being bowled by one that kept low. At the other end Josh, opening in his first game of the season, ensured that runs continued to come at a reasonable pace, and was joined by James in a good partnership of 59 as the score advanced to 93-3. However as drinks approached Josh fell attempting to hit over the top against the slow bowlers – going for an excellent 38.

Dominic and James then put together a partnership of 109 - despatching the bad balls and running quickly between the wickets to ensure St Modans were unable to keep the runs down. James had one slice of luck with a drop at cover, but brought up his 50 with straight 6 and then began to accelerate to his 2nd century of the club. Dom fell towards the end after a brief flurry of attacking strokes as the last 5 overs approached, caught and bowled for 42. James continued on to 119 not out, and with Callum providing support at the end, the StAUSCC total reached an imposing 241-5.

Phil opened up and was unlucky to see an early chance go begging behind the wicket, though he soon bowled the other opener. With both he and Dave delivering tight spells St Modans had only made it to 33-1 off 11 overs before Ross took an excellent leg-side catch to dismiss the dangerous Sultan in the last over of Dave's spell. With Angus settling in to an economical 9 over spell the run-rate was always getting away from St Modans despite the attempts of the remaining opener, as they reached drinks at 85-2. The introduction of Stan soon brought reward, with one turning sharply to clean bowl the St Modans captain, before Angus took an excellent catch off a skier.

With James then brought back into the attack he made amends for an expensive first spell by taking 3 wickets in an over to derail any remaining hopes of St Modans - the pick being a sharp caught and bowled chance. A brief flurry took St Modans up to 166 but Stan chipped in with a third wicket - Phil continuing his fine catching form, and Dave was brought back on to finish the innings with wickets in consecutive balls - the opener finally going for a fine 82 with Ross claiming a third catch

A good batting performance gave us enough runs to bowl at - with a few chances going down that allowed St Modans to get closer than they should.

Forthill, 22nd May 2016

StAUSCC 205-7 (45 overs) lost to Forthill 252-4 (45 overs) by 47 runs.
(S. Frankland 52*, G. Portig 41)

StAUSCC fell to a disappointing first loss of the season, away at Forthill. With a number of regulars away, or missing presumed hungover, three players made debuts for the club in a match that started in glorious sunshine and ended in apocalyptic rain.

Excellent opening spells from Phil and Robert saw Forthill make slow progress to 28-1 after 12 overs, Phil taking the early wicket. However, some aggressive running, mixed with powerful hitting saw the run-rate increasing with the second wicket partnership riding their luck against the good balls and punishing the bad - a big and uneven outfield not helping the fielding effort as they pushed the score into the 80s – Josh in particular bowling some threatening deliveries with no reward.

JC finally made the breakthrough but there was little respite from the next partnership as the score reached 150 before Stan removed the dangerous Hill in his first over, JC completing a catch at short midwicket. With a solid base the incoming batsmen were able keep up the attack and StAUSCC were unfortunate as a couple of catches went down and the batsmen rode their luck. With Phil and Josh bowling excellent death overs the Forthill innings was kept to 252-4, chaseable on what was a reasonable batting pitch.

Josh and Gus started off brightly in a stand of 32 in 6 overs before Josh nicked off for 7. With debutant James E bedding in, he and Gus advanced the score to 92-1 off 20 overs, providing a solid base from which to up the run-rate. However, then things went off-plan as, bogged down slightly by the Forthill slow bowling, both fell in quick succession trying to force the rate, meaning two new batsmen needing to get set. Unfortunately neither JC or Dom could do so, both falling for 1 – JC bowled and Dom stumped – to leave the score at 103-5 off 25 overs and victory looking unlikely.

Stan and Paul stopped the rot and moved the score on with a 37 run partnership, before Paul fell for 10. With Stan becoming more expansive, and debutant Robert not afraid to attack, the chase for batting points became the main aim of the last 10 overs . With Robert falling to the first ball of the last over and the score on 195 there was still work to be done but in dark and monsoon like conditions, Phil managed to see the ball well enough to get the score to 200 and the extra batting point. Stan finished the game off hitting the final ball of the innings to the boundary to bring up a well-deserved 50.

Work to be done on all aspects but pleasing to make over 200 for the third weekend game in a row.

DHFSP, 29th May 2016

StAUSCC 149-4 (35.1 overs) beat DHSFPs 148-8 (45 overs) by 6 wickets
(J. Crooks 53*, J. Hey 52) (J. Hey 3-24, P. Pass 2-16)

StAUSCC picked up their second league win of the season with an excellent team performance against DHSFPs.

With some travel issues detaining Phil, and JC making his way back from the Edinburgh half-marathon, Dundee kindly let us use a substitute fielder until we were up to our full 11 - Francois being roped in from the sidelines for his introduction to the club. Josh stepped up to open the bowling in tandem with Dave and after a tight start Josh took two wickets in an over - first Dominic took a one-handed effort at cover, before Stan produced a diving catch in the gully to as DHSFPs made their way to 38 for 2 off 12.

A period of consolidation followed as Phil and Danish both bowled tightly in economical 9 overs spells as they kept DHSFPs down to 82 – 4 off 30 overs. Danish getting some good turn and unlucky not to take a wicket to finish with 0-25. Phil ended with 2-16 – Paul with a catch at midwicket and Dom catching the dangerous Ramalingam as he looped one to short cover – giving Phil his 100th wicket for the club in his 100th game. With JC taking a wicket in his first over StAUSCC were well on top.

The 6th wicket partnership began to try and force the rate, and although they put on 59 never threatened to take the game away from StAUSCC, and was ended with the return of Josh inducing an edge to finish with 3-24, Ross with an excellent take behind the stumps. An tight last over from JC kept the total to under 150 – Dominic contributing two run outs from the deep.

In response, Ross was run-out without scoring but Josh and Stan consolidated until Stan chopped on to leave the score at 27-2. Josh and JC both carried on their good recent form in a partnership of 73 in just 15 overs as they put StAUSCC well ahead of the required rate before Josh was bowled with the score on 100..

Dom kept JC company to within 20 runs of the target before hitting a full toss to fine leg, and it was left to Paul to help finish the chase with almost 10 overs to spare - James finishing on 53 not out.

An excellent fielding performance from all involved, with Josh and JC making the chase look easy.




St Modans, 18th June 2016

StAUSCC 48 all out (30.1 overs) lost to St Modans 154 all out (44.3 overs) by 106 runs
(P. Jess 3-12, P. Pass 2-8, J. Hay 2-22) (J. Threlfall 10)

Following a thoroughly enjoyable, warm, dry summer, which lasted a record breaking 8 days, winter announced itself with 8 days or relentless mizzle, rain, dampness, moisture and general unpleasantness. It therefore came as a surprise for all to find ourselves playing something approaching cricket on a sunburn-inducing day in Stirling. Seeing the green area that we were assured was a pitch, Ross, skippering his first league game for the club, wisely won the toss and elected to bowl.

Phil and Josh opened the bowling, Phil finding an awkward length, and Josh extracting ample movement to build the pressure on St Modans' openers. Josh was rewarded for a particularly probing, and at times unplayable, over, as T. Sultan, frustrated at the lack on anything to hit, lashed out to Josh’s 5th ball of the over, only to be very well caught by Patrick, who had been steadily creeping from mid off towards mid on in good anticipation. Phil continued the pressure from the other end, with Cal denying the batsmen a release with some excellent fielding at short-ish cover. Phil induced the false shot and had the batsman well held by Josh at first slip, Josh continuing to provide good advertising for contact-lens companies.

Angus and Dave were brought into the attack, and continued to keep runs at a premium, Dave rewarded for good pace and a little movement as he uprooted the number three's leg stump. However, the partnership between S. Gupta and, in particular, G. Etheridge saw some aggressive and often chancy hitting accelerate the St Modans’ score. Danish eventually sneaked one through to claim a wicket, as Pat was introduced, following a couple of experimental overs from Cal. Pat quickly found his groove, and claimed 3-12 in 3 overs, finding the stumps twice, and Angus in the deep once. Josh and Phil returned to claim a further wicket each, before debutant Saif was entrusted with the final over of the game. An awful drop by Stefan at point denied him his maiden wicket, however in the confusion, the ball was returned to Angus who effected the run out of the non-striker.

After an ample tea, Josh and Angus opened up the innings for St Andrews. Given that St Andrews were bowled out for 48, this innings doesn’t deserve a full write up. A combination of a ‘sticky’ pitch and some inept shots did for most people. The highlights can come in bullet point form:

* Cal gave 3 LBW decisions. THREE! I think, therefore, cleverly avoiding having to umpire again.

* James T. continued his good form with the bat, top scoring with 10 (20% of the team total!) and looking particularly strong with some aggressive hitting through the covers.

* Dave hit a nice 4 off their opening bowler.

* Pat, revelling in a pitch that favoured his style of blocking, blocked a lot and didn’t get out.

Perth Doocot, 26th June 2016

StAUSCC 151-9 , match abandoned due to rain.
(C. Gibbs 46)

Perth bowled very well on a helpful pitch and restricted us to under 2 an over until drinks - and not much more afterwards. After Stan and Paul had ground out the hardest overs, Danish came in to up the rate, breaking the ring field with some powerful blows. Tom and Callum then caused mayhem in the last nine overs, doubling our score with a 71 run partnership, forcing errors in the field and finally knocking the Perth attack off their length. An excellent 46 for Callum (yet again managing to avoid a 50) got us up to a competitive 150 before the rain set in over tea time.




Forthill,13th July 2016

FCC 145-4 (17 overs) beat StAUSCC (116-9) by 29 runs

Forthill batted first by arrangement, giving their Scottish Cup age group teams a chance to practice for their Finals days. Solid opening bowling by Phil and Francis saw some big air shots and a few making contact to go fizzing past the in field. Debutant Captain James Crooks shuffled the fielders into stronger positions and some good ground fielding kept the Forthill youngsters to a steady rate. Two solid catches behind by JC rewarded Phil and Josh for good left arm spells but some fine hitting from Forthill's middle order rattled their score along to 145 either side of a dispiriting break for rain. There was enough time for JC to effect a fine stumping off Tom and Francis to pick up a deserved wicket courtesy of a good close catch from Phil.

With light fading, St Andrews limited their fielding to 17 overs and were left chasing a rather stiff target as the drizzle threatened again. Nevertheless, Josh returned to fine form with a blistering 37 including one huge (and one rather floppy) six, forming a fine partnership with Cap'n James before being well caught on the longer boundary looking for another big hit. Francis and Joe provided enterprising cameos in the middle order but a clatter of wickets brought Phil to the crease with some work to do to get us past the 100 mark. He and Tom rattled the score along with some entertaining hitting and good running - a 4 over partnership of 32 runs with Phil's share being a fine 23 not out.

Despite the rain and the traditional night time cricket it was a fun match against well drilled and very pleasant young opponents.




Kinloch, 23rd July 2016

Kinloch CC (119a.o.) lost to StAUSCC (120-3) by 7 wickets
(J. Crooks 3-17, A. Stewart 2-17)(J. Crooks 33*, D. Bransden 29*

Following a close run thing earlier in the season, StAUSCC finally defeated Kinloch for the first time in recorded history. Bowling first on a mottled green C2 wicket, St Andrews created chances straight away - Josh and Phil seeing the ball fly above, past and through the infielders before Phil made the early breakthrough, having Bowman caught (eventually) at slip by Dom. The experienced Dyer and Trivedi clawed Kinloch up to 30 before the change bowlers cut through the Kinloch middle order - Angus returning to the team with an economical spell of 7-2-17-2.

Kinloch's best batsman, Wig, mixed watchful defence and last ball singles with a few fine boundaries from overpitched deliveries until he flailed hard at a wide one from Crooksy, with Josh taking a superb diving catch to leave Kinloch in disarray. Some brave late order blocking rolled the score past 100 until they were finally dismissed by Gabie and Phil. James finished with 7-2-17-3 whilst Phil's frugal season continued by taking 1 for 12 in his 5 overs.

The target of 120 still required some getting on a slow pitch and Kinloch mixed accurate bowling with some wayward fast stuff, limited the reply to very well called singles and a generous helping of extras. Ross's hard fought 25 set the base for a steady chase whilst Tom struggled to get much away but ran well in two partnerships until he was bowled having one flash too many...... James and Dom slowly upped the rate as the Kinloch bowling attack tired and gaps appeared in the field with one man leaving early and another being sidelined with a nastily cut hand. As Calum gently dozed in readiness for an assault at number 6, some "experimental" change bowling brought a swift conclusion to the match with Dom crashing a flurry of boundaries to close on a July-best 29n.o. James had looked fluent in accumulating 33n.o., scoring all round the wicket.

Very pleasing to get one over on Division leaders Kinloch (unbeaten this year) and a noticeable improvement in ground fielding and running between the wickets.

Kinloch, 31st July 2016

StAUSCC 187-7 (45 overs) beat Kinloch 101 a/o (33 overs) by 86 runs
(J. Crooks 71*, J. Hey 43) (J. Hey 4-34, P. Pass 3-40)

StAUSCC completed back to back victories over their ground-share rivals Kinloch with a convincing 86 run win.

Put in to bat, StAUSCC lost their 1st wicket in the third over, Paul receiving a beauty that nipped back appreciably to take off-stump out of the ground. Stan and Josh took the score along to 44-1 off 14 overs before stasis set in - 10 runs off the next 12 overs, with Stan looping a catch up in that time to fall for 14. However, with Kinloch bowling out their two most economical bowlers in this period, it meant Josh and JC were able to take advantage later down the line. After one big hit down the ground Josh perished to the next, well caught on the boundary edge for a solidly made 43. Cal and Dom both came and went before Phil added some impetus, scoring at more than a run a ball, whilst JC began to open up with some excellent shots round the wicket – scoring his last 21 runs off just 11 deliveries as he made his way to an excellent 71 not out. In the end a total of 187 looked imposing, with the momentum in StAUSCC's favour as almost 130 runs were added in the last 20 overs.

A fine tea, marked by the bold addition of a Borsley Pasta Salad, gave StAUSCC, and in particular Phil, some extra impetus as two wickets fell in the first over - both bowled by swinging yorkers, and Josh took one himself courtesy of a good catch by Stefan at mid-off as Kinloch fell to 19-3. There then followed some high-octane cricket as Kinloch decided to approach the situation by attacking every ball – Josh and Phil both getting nicked behind before the main danger-man Wig was caught by Angus at long-off - after a reprieve at mid-off and a not-out decision despite a vociferous appeal.

This left Kinloch at 77-7 off 14 overs before some obdurate blocking/missing saw the next 20 overs yield 29 runs as Kinloch dragged out the inevitable, and to their credit manage to creep up to a second batting point. However, Gaby finished the game with 2 wickets in three balls - Dom pouching an easy one behind for his third catch, before the No. 11 missed a swipe and was bowled.

With Kinloch only gaining 10 points from their two defeats this result leaves StAUSCC at the top of the first division table with 4 league games remaining.




Forthill, 21st August 2016

StAUSCC (138 a.o.) lost to Forthill 2nd XI (140-1) by 9 wickets

Not our finest outing on a cricket field, however, we learned some useful things :
(1) It doesn't always rain at Forthill
(2) Stefan bleeds less profusely than Dom

Having lost the toss and been put into bat, the innings started well as Josh and Ross scored at 4 an over on a good pitch with a fast outfield. Forthill slowly gained the upper hand as their lines improved and both openers were bowled before the score had reached 50. With accurate bowling and solid ground fielding, our middle order never really got going, Stan and James C playing well but struggling to dominate the youthful change bowlers. Stan was bowled by another decent ball before Dom departed in unfortunate fashion, stumped off the keepers pads. Paul and James developed a partnership of 19 before Paul was run out, followed soon after by Calum whose fine attacking innings was cut short by a good catch in the outfield. The lower order could do little to help James's lone stand, particularly once Stefan had been "Alyn-d" in the face by Forthill's viciously slow off-spinner. Once we'd finished picking bits of his specs off the floor, Angus provided brief support for James who was last out attempting to give our score some respectability.

Despite being a long way short of a par score, St Andrews headed out to field in determined fashion, with hopes being lifted immediately as Dom took a fantastic catch at slip, dismissing the ever dangerous Hill for a second ball duck. However, two very talented young players in Garden and Hardie played extremely well to deny any chance of an upset, playing careful and effective shots which defied a spirited bowling attack. Frequent bowling changes couldn't halt the steady accumulation of runs, however good line and length (only 2 extras!) and some very good outfielding made them work for their runs, only passing our score in the 34th over.

A pleasant game of cricket against talented opponents.




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