Grange new boy Gordon Goudie had a good day with the ball and a cameo innings with the bat, but he could not inspire the Saltires to victory over Surrey in the YB40 after a cracking afternoon’s entertainment at the Grange, Stockbridge yesterday.
Seamer Goudie, who made his league debut for Grange at the weekend, was the pick of the home bowlers with three wickets including that of South African internationalist Zander de Bruyn.
Then he smashed 15 from just six balls with the bat, including two fours and a six, but it was too little, too late as the Saltires eventually went down chasing a tough victory target of 238.
The result means that the Saltires have lost their four opening YB40 matches this summer ahead of a trip south to take on Essex this coming Sunday.
Surrey won the toss and elected to bat on a slightly overcast day in the Capital against a Saltires side who had Watsonians seamer Dewald Nel and Calum MacLeod replacing Calvin Burnett and Richie Berrington in the XI. The Saltires ‘trialled’ opening the bowling with spinner Michael Leask, as many sides do in one day cricket these days, but it lasted just one over.
In the second over Goudie made an early breakthrough though when Jason Roy skied a catch to MacLeod and Surrey were 18-1.
Steven Davies and former England batsman Vikram Solanki then put on a great partnership of 119, the latter first to reach his 50 from 57 balls. His batting partner then followed suit from 52 balls and they were taking the game away from the Saltires until Davies was out to Leask, but they were well set on 137-2 from 22 overs.
Solanki carried along on his merry way and was supported in spells by de Bruyn, Gary Wilson, Thomas Jewell and Jon Lewis as he finished on 109 not out from 113 balls and Surrey posted 237-5 from 40 overs.
In the reply Matthew Cross, Freddie Coleman, Ewan Chalmers and skipper Preston Mommsen were out by the time the score was on 82, but MacLeod took up the challenge.
In the end he made 59 from 60 balls and was well supported by Majid Haq (36 not out) and Goudie’s little cameo.
It looked as if the Saltires may pull off an improbable victory, but they ran out of time going down fighting by 14 runs.