Clydesdale on course for title
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
PSL TEAM SPORTS CLYDESDALE v TUNNOCK’S UDDINGSTON
Improving Clydesdale will aim to strengthen their grip at the top of the table by carving out a fifth consecutive victory. They might well have done that at Ayr a week ago had rain not intervened before their bowlers could cash in on a dominant batting display. Dale will again be able to call on the services of Saltires duo Majid Haq and Safy Sharif while Calum MacLeod is in place to lead an Uddingston outfit who have slumped to third bottom. However, the visitors’ biggest danger man may be Sri Lankan professional Ras Priyadarshana who has been in prime form with bat and ball.
DRUMPELLIER v GREENOCK
A few weeks ago it looked as if this might be a key relegation clash. It is still vital in terms of Greenock’s potential survival but Drumpellier’s fortunes have picked-up to such an extent that they have an outside chance of claiming the title. Home skipper Graeme McLaren is ruling nothing out. “If we can win this one who knows what might happen,” he said. Drumps hope to welcome back Rashid Yousaf while Sailesh Prabhu is back in the Greenock ranks.
APD DUMFRIES v LOCAL LIFE AYR
Dumfries remain Clydesdale’s closest challengers and start slight favourites against an Ayr side who appear destined for a mid-table finish. The home team were frustrated by rain last week when well placed against Stirling while Ayr were perhaps grateful that the elements intervened in their clash with Clydesdale. The match goes ahead without the presence of home batsman Tom McBride and Ayr bowler Scott McElnea who are preparing to meet New Zealand in tomorrow’s U19 World Cup opener.
STIRLING COUNTY v McCREA FS WEST OF SCOTLAND
Stuttering Stirling must win to ease their relegation fears while West, beaten by Drumpellier a week ago, cannot afford another defeat if they are to retain any interest in the title. Despite a run of reverses, the home side can take heart from the fact that their only win of the season came in the corresponding clash at Hamilton Crescent.