1st XI's Scottish Cup run comes to a halt against SMRH

Greenock 1st XI vs SMRH
Scottish Cup
Sunday 1st June 2014

SMRH 252 for 7 GD Bissett 99, KI McCallum 56, SJ Parker 52
Greenock 1st XI 167 DK Thomas 41; C Bissett 3 for 49


SMRH score was adjusted to 257 in 45 overs by the Duckworth-Lewis method

Kyle McCallum and Greg Bissett of SMRH set a brisk pace early on in the Edinburgh side’s innings and completed a century partnership in just the seventeenth over. McCallum was out LBW to Dwight Thomas for 56 in the eighteenth over but new batsman Steven Parker merely continued to ease runs and a second wicket partnership of 114 runs was built up along with Bissett, before teenager Louis Ware picked up the wicket of Parker (52) in the fortieth over.

Bissett continued to score well but now had little support from others and as the innings moved towards its conclusion Greenock picked up five late wickets. Bissett was run out for 99 attempting to gain two runs from the very last ball of the innings to get his century.

For Greenock, Dwight Thomas picked up 2 for 47 with one wicket apiece for Tom Batters, Jonathan Hempsey and Louis Ware .

In reply, Greenock’s innings started badly when Neil Flack was bowled off just the second ball by Brad Moses. Thomas and Harry Briggs pushed the total along to 48 in the twelfth over before Briggs was bowled for 14.

Chris Hempsey joined Thomas out in the middle and the two quite comfortably dealt with the SMRH bowling for a spell and took the score along to almost ninety before Hempsey was out for 20. Just ten runs later Dwight Thomas mis-timed a drive and lifted his shot to cover where he was well caught by Moses.

Thereafter a number of innings got started but unfortunately each was relatively short lived. Tom Batters went for 10, Jonathan Hempsey 11, Mark Crichton 20 and Greg McDougall 15.

Greenock’s effort to challenge the visitors’ total eventually ended when Kevin Flack edged a delivery from Moses into the slips where the chance was gratefully received by McCallum. Chris Bissett with 3 for 49 from 7 overs was SMRH's best bowler.