Clydesdale meet Dumfries in vital clash
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
PSL TEAM SPORTS CLYDESDALE v DUMFRIES
Second top hosts the league leaders in the undoubted match-of the-day in the west. Clydesdale, seen by many as pre-season favourites, suffered an early blip in the corresponding fixture at Nunholm. However, between the cancellations, the Titwood side have been going about their business efficiently with no further losses. Dumfries have also suffered just one defeat but, having played and won two games more than their hosts, they enjoy a 20-point cushion. While Dale are desperate to avenge that earlier defeat, Stuart Corbett-Byers, the Dumfries captain, knows it will be hard to repeat a win he described as the best in the club’s history. Sadly the fixture is undermined by the absence of key performers who are on representative duty. Majid Haq is once again with the Saltires while Safy Sharif, having proved his fitness with four wickets against Stirling last week, is also with the national team. Meanwhile Dumfries are without Tom McBride, their talented opening batsman, who departed for Australia yesterday with the U19 World Cup squad.
GREENOCK v LOCAL LIFE AYR
Greenock are in danger of finding themselves detached at the bottom of the table and are targeting this Clyde Coast derby to kick-start their campaign. However, once again, they go into battle without Saltires hero Richie Berrington who is en route to Cardiff for the latest CB40 encounter with Glamorgan. They will also encounter an Ayr team in high spirits following last week’s win over West. Scott McElnea is absent at the U19 World Cup but older brother Andi will aim to add to last week’s five-wicket haul.
STIRLING COUNTY v DRUMPELLIER
Both sides are scrambling to move away from the relegation area and it is the visitors who take positive momentum into this basement battle. Their derby win at Uddingston – only their third completed fixture of the campaign - was enough to see them leapfrog Stirling who were simultaneously losing to Clydesdale and consequently falling to second bottom place. The hosts are without youngster Nick Farrar who is on Scotland U19 duty while Drumps may be unchanged.
TUNNOCK’S UDDINGSTON v McCREA FS WEST OF SCOTLAND
Both sides are on the rebound from unexpected defeats to Drumpellier and Ayr respectively and victory would appear to be imperative if either is to mount a serious title challenge in the closing weeks of the season. Uddingston’s hopes already look slim while a third defeat of the campaign for West would surely deal a fatal blow to their prospects. Uddingston are without influential slipper Calum MacLeod while teenage batsman Andrew Umeed is an absentee for the visitors.