Table topping Dumfries face Uddingston in vital clash
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
APD DUMFRIES v TUNNOCK’S UDDINGSTON
Dumfries continue to enjoy their first foray into the top flight, now sitting proudly on their own at the top of the table after four straight wins. Few could have foreseen such an outcome at the start of the campaign and even some Dumfries diehards have been taken aback. However, Stuart Corbett-Byers, a down-to-earth captain, adheres to the one-game-at-a-time philosophy. “The important thing is not to get carried away,” said Corbett-Byers. “We’ll keep our feet on the ground and obviously try to keep our run going.” Dumfries hope to name an unchanged team but Uddingston, on the rebound from a heavy defeat to Clydesdale, have several enforced changes with Gavin Bradley, David Bill and Niall MacLeod unavailable. Skipper Calum MacLeod said: “This is our first league game at Dumfries so it’s a bit of a trip into the unknown. But we have noticed their results and they are obviously a team in form whose confidence will be high. There’s a great incentive for us to be the first team to beat them and it’s important from our own point of view to bounce back from last week.”
PSL TEAM SPORTS CLYDESDALE v DRUMPELLIER
Clydesdale are in good spirits following their emphatic win at Uddingston last Saturday and start favourites to claim another Lanarkshire scalp against a Drumpellier team who are yet to record their first win. The Titwood club are still without injured Saltires all-rounder Safy Sharif while the appearance in the visiting line-up of Nazar Hussain, last season’s Clydesdale professional, adds an intriguing sub-text to this game. Having played only two of their scheduled four fixtures, there is no despair in the Drumpellier ranks despite their lowly position. Indeed, the Coatbridge men are in good heart especially since skipper Graeme McLaren is available for his first match of the campaign. Asad Mohammed also returns and McLaren said: “Finally we’re able to field a full strength team and I think Nazar is especially fired-up to face his old club.”
STIRLING COUNTY v LOCAL LIFE AYR
Both sides have managed a single win but the vagaries of the weather means that represents a 50% record for Stirling but only 25% for Ayr who have played all four of their scheduled fixtures to date. This match could therefore have a significant bearing on the prospects for the campaign ahead. Stirling go into the match with their tails up following their victory over West of Scotland a week ago. Ayr, though, took positives from their defeat to Dumfries especially in the form of Neil Smith who scored a century while professional Craig Thyssen did enough to suggest he is a potential match-winner. Ayr are without Callum McLaughlin and Callum Leck through illness and injury. The game has been dedicated to the memory of Jamaican-born Irvin Iffla, who acquired legendary status with both clubs after settling in Scotland in the 1950s. Iffla, who died in March, was made a Freeman of Stirling three years ago. A memorial bench will be unveiled before the start while the teams will play for a trophy named in Iffla’s honour.
McCREA FS WEST OF SCOTLAND v GREENOCK
John Blain, the West player-coach, has demanded a positive response from his side following their defeat to Stirling a week ago. Blain knows his team must be wary of a Greenock side who enjoyed a morale-boosting first win of the campaign against Drumpellier. That result was achieved without Saltires star Richie Berrington who was suffering from a chest infection. Berrington subsequently suffered a dislocated finger in Monday’s CB40 clash with Hampshire. However, the all-rounder is hopeful of playing some part in today’s match.