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Defeat to Ross County but Forres St Lawrence finish second in North of Scotland cricket league

By Carolyn Farr

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In the final game of the season Forres St Lawrence just couldn’t find enough to bring one last win, falling to a seven wicket loss against Ross County.

Magnus McGhee was in good batting form.
Magnus McGhee was in good batting form.

The result made no difference to the final north cricket league placings, with the Saints finishing a creditable second.

The Forres batsmen struggled to find much form. Dhami went early with only 25 on the board leaving two youngsters at the crease with an opportunity to make some runs. Will Murdoch played a couple of good shots against the aggression of Clement whilst Magnus McGhee fought fire with fire, spanking the Ross-shire bowler around the ground.

Murdoch went for ten, followed by Gus Farr who joined in the fun with a couple of boundaries.

McGhee was looking as if he could deal with most of the bowling options when Clement finally got a full delivery in and trapped him for 41, Forres 86 for 3.

Farr and Barron settled in, pushing the score past the century until on 118 Farr got a bottom edge onto his stumps, bowled for 41. Barron tried to rally the rest of the order and managed to get Forres up to 149 before the final wicket fell, unlikely to be enough but they were runs on the board.

In reply the Ross-shire batsmen flourished as the Forres bowlers were not on song. Goldring couldn’t quite get his length right, Farr and Barron took too long to get going and it took until the eleventh over for Darren Lamb to come on and produce the delivery to take the first wicket, Blake caught for 25.

Barron got in on the act with two wickets but in truth they were token wickets as Toby Hardwick was enjoying playing with freedom, finishing the innings with an unbeaten 73.

On the day the better team won but overall a successful season for the Saints.

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