Clydesdale defeat Dumfries to go top
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
CLYDESDALE were celebrating at the double on Saturday night after producing a gutsy display to defeat Dumfries.
The Titwood club’s three-wicket success not only avenged their earlier defeat to the Nunholm men but was also sufficient to depose the visitors at the top of the table.
With the season entering the home straight Clydesdale look well placed to justify their tag as title favourites.
However, manager Colin Mitchell’s enthusiasm was tempered by realism following an encounter in which neither side hit the heights.
“The quality of cricket we saw was a great advert for the old National League,” admitted Mitchell whose side were denied the services of Saltires duo Majid Haq and Safy Sharif.
“That said, it was a great performance by the lads to battle their way through. At 110-6 all my cash would have been on Dumfries.”
Indeed, chasing 201 for victory, Dale looked in all sorts of trouble until Rauman Butt and Lyle Hill got together.
Butt’s hard-hitting 46 gradually wrested the initiative while youngster Hill showed great maturity to see his side across the line with a composed unbeaten 34.
Hill had earlier claimed two wickets and Muhammad Awais 3-41 as Dumfries reached 200-8 in a match which beat the elements to got the full fifty overs.
Andrew Dawson was the visitors’ top scorer with 51 while Joe Clarke contributed a useful 40.
Mitchell added: “We were so under-strength that our captain (Zeeshan Bashir) only had himself to choose from out of our five main bowlers.
“So to get this win says a lot. We’re still very much alive in the league.”
West of Scotland rekindled their title hopes and probably ended Uddingston’s with victory at Bothwell Castle Policies.
Former Scotland batsman Dougie Lockhart turned back the clock with a brilliant century, scoring 106 of his side’s 239-7.
Rain gave Uddingston a reduced target of 219 from 41 overs and they were ten runs behind the asking rate when a further shower brought a premature end.
Rashid Yousaf was another centurion as Drumpellier made it two wins in a row with an efficient display at Stirling.
Yousaf made 101 and Asid Mohammed 63 in an impressive total of 245-4 before the former completed a fine all-round performance with three wickets.
Ally Rawlinson’s left-arm spinners also yielded three wickets – for just 13 runs – as Stirling were dismissed for 203.
Greenock’s Glenpark clash with Ayr lasted just seven overs before rain claimed another victim.