Buckie lose T20 crown after dismal weekend
BUCKIE'S hold on the T20 Cup slipped as what began as an exciting double header weekend turned into one of disaster for the Linzee Gordon Park outfit.
Saturday marked a low point for Buckie Cricket Club as, for the first time in living memory, the club were unable to field a team for the Black Dog Financial Services Limited League match against Highland and were forced to concede the game.
Highland take all 20 points from the encounter which puts a dent in Buckie's defence of their league crown.
Work and holiday commitments restricted player availability to a level where a concession was the only option remaining.
It was to mark a sad day for all involved with the club and maybe will serve as a wake-up call for everyone involved to pull together and ensure that this does not become a regular occurrence.
Buckie become the fifth team this season to concede a game in the league. The others are Elgin, Forres St Lawrence, Fort William and Huntly.
There was no time for Buckie to dwell on their misfortune as the finals day of the T20 Cup beckoned just 24 hours later.
On Sunday, a team of 10 took the field at Nairn in a bid to keep the silverware in the Linzee Gordon park pavilion trophy cabinet.
Unfortunately, the performances in both games were a bit under par and a successful defence of the cup won for the first time last year was not to prove possible.
A strong Northern Counties performance against both Buckie and Highland was enough for them to be deserving winners of the first title of the 2019 season.
On this form, they might be the team to beat in the League and Knock-Out Cup, too.
Next Saturday, the first team are away to Strathpeffer for the league match against Ross County.
20/20 Competition Finals Day – Nairn:
Game 1: Northern Counties 120, Highland 92. Game 2: Highland 112, Buckie 85. Game 3: Buckie 80, Northern Counties 81.
In the league, Buckie sit sixth in the nine team Senior League, with 72 points after three wins and three defeats.
Topping the table are Highland, who have 140 points gleaned from seven games. They remain undefeated in the league to date.
However, Northern Counties remain hot on their heels with 80 points although they have two games in hand on the league front runners. They have won four and lost one of the league fixtures.