Cricketers have a ball as Doune are downed by dynamic Torrance duo

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Torrance CCC vs Doune CC – 40 over friendly

Torrance Community Cricket Club 160-0 (40 overs) beat Doune Cricket Club 103 (22 overs) by 57 runs

On a stunning early summer’s day, Torrance Community Cricket Club travelled to Stirlingshire in expectation of a tough match against a team that bowled them out for 59 only last season, a game the visitors incredibly ended up winning.

All indications were that this too would be a close match, but what occurred was a dominant victory – set up by a club record batting stand, backed up by clinical bowling and fine fielding.

The East Dunbartonshire side won the toss and on what looked like a beautifully-prepared flat and true wicket, had no hesitation in opting to bat first.

Torrance’s opening pair of DeBrincat and Whay started watchfully and some tight Doune bowling restricted the partnership to 25 runs off the first 10 overs.

The Torrance captain DeBrincat then began to accelerate and pushed the run rate to three an over. He brought up his third 50 in as many matches in the 28th over to rousing applause from his hitherto slumbering, sunbathing teammates.

The century partnership having been reached, Whay began to play more expansively and was especially punishing of anything short of a length.

With the Doune side beginning to tire, opportunities to score started to present themselves more freely and Whay brought up his half century in the 36th over.

By reaching 160 for the loss of no wickets, the two openers had set a Torrance record for an innings score and for the largest partnership.

The fact that not only one opener carried his bat throughout the innings, but that both achieved this impressive feat, put the visitors in a seemingly advantageous position.

Torrance could not have asked for a better start when the Doune captain and opening batsman was trapped LBW by his opposing skipper.

DeBrincat then bowled the number three later in the over to put his side in the ascendency.

Doune, however, counter-attacked frenetically and some clean hitting either side of the wicket meant they reached 50 in only the eighth over.

Some smart fielding from Hove and the wicketkeeper Cooper resulted in a run out which halted the Doune charge.

The leg spinner J Allan was then introduced and he was immediately successful in inducing the home side’s number five to mistime a heave to deep square leg where DeBrincat took a good catch.

The Stirlingshire side’s final partnership of note could have been ended in its infancy, but Murray spilled a tough chance at cover off the bowling of J Allan.

He would later somewhat redeem himself with an easier chance to dismiss the same batsman off the same bowler.

J Allan would finish from four wickets for 26 runs including what is swiftly becoming his trademark dismissal, a difficult caught and bowled chance.

There was another wicket for DeBrincat before P Allan wrapped up the tail with a double wicket maiden which topped off a well-deserved victory for Torrance.

Men of the Match – DeBrincat and Whay

Champagne Moment – Whay reaching his first 50 for Torrance CCC

For anyone interested in taking part in the cricket side, training is on every Wednesday at 7pm at Allan Glen’s RFC on Kirkintilloch Road, Bishopbriggs. All players of varying skill, age or athleticism are welcome.

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