Bi-Centenary Celebrations at Brechin
Cricket Scotland were delighted to be able to help Brechin celebrate 200 years of cricket in the town by sending a Presidents XI to play Brechin Buccaneers at Guthrie Park. The match was the final game in a week long celebration of cricket in the town
Former internationalist Alex Steele, who not only played in a previous celebration match 40 years earlier but was also man of the match in that fixture, captained the Presidents XI.
Both teams were met with beautiful blue skies and warm sunshine and on winning the toss Steele elected to bat. The Presidents XI were indebted to a sparkling century by Meigle’s Zimbabwean professional Charles Kunje. Charles scored 109 with fourteen 4s and two 6s. He got good support from David Davies and Mathew Farmer and the Presidents XI finished on 209-7 after 40 overs.
The Buccaneers gave chase and despite excellent bowling from John Cameron and Dave Sharma were still in the hunt, but the turning point came when Cameron made a superb diving stop and quick return to run out one of the Brechin danger men. After that Kevin Ferrie with 3-20 put the game beyond Brechin despite Neil Paterson hitting an unbeaten 54. The Brechin innings finished on 142-8 resulting in a win for the President’s XI by 67 runs.
At the end of the game Cricket Scotland President Colin Neill thanked Brechin for their hospitality and the match. He went on to praise those involved in getting cricket played in the town again and wished them well for the next hundred years. After Charles Kunje was presented with his man of the match award both teams retired to reminisce some more and chat about cricket