Dumfries on verge of greatness
Willie Dock (CricketMedia Scotland)
APD DUMFRIES v McCREA FS WEST OF SCOTLAND
Three sides can still win the championship going into a potentially thrilling final Saturday. For top flight newcomers Dumfries the equation is simple: win today and the title is theirs. It is less clear-cut for West especially since a harsh two-point penalty for failing to submit a scorecard on time means their fate is no longer in their own hands. Such are the vagaries of the percentage system that West must win and hope that Greenock beat Clydesdale or that the Titwood fixture is cancelled. Had they won an appeal against their punishment, victory today would have made West champions. That is of little concern, though, to Dumfries skipper Stuart Corbett-Byers whose side stand on the threshold of history. Dumfries have barely looked back since their opening day victory at Greenock and have shown their mettle by winning some tight encounters against the odds. The Nunholm men are boosted by the return of opening batsman Tom McBride from the U19 World Cup. West also have a player back from that tournament in the highly talented Andrew Umeed and it remains to be seen whether the Hamilton Crescent side are galvanised or deflated by that heavy-handed ruling of league officials.
PSL TEAM SPORTS CLYDESDALE v GREENOCK
Clydesdale were tipped by many as title favourites at the start of the season and, whether by default or on merit, the Titwood club could be crowned champions tonight. They will, of course, need a favour from Glasgow rivals West of Scotland and cannot afford the weather – which has restricted them to just six completed matches – to intervene again. Nor can Clydesdale under-estimate a Greenock side who are fighting for their premier division lives. “We just hope the title is decided on the field of play rather than watching puddles,” said Colin Mitchell, the Clydesdale chairman in a sentiment echoed around the country. “We’re a hit-or-miss side so we’re happy to still be in with a chance going into the last day of the season.” The Glenpark side must win to have any chance of staying up and, even then, could find themselves behind Stirling. Sam Page, back from the U19 World Cup, replaces Mo Ali for Dale while Greenock are at full strength.
DRUMPELLIER v LOCAL LIFE AYR
TUNNOCK’S UDDINGSTON v STIRLING COUNTY
The first of a weekend double header gives Stirling the chance to secure their top flight status though defeat for Greenock would render this game and tomorrow’s return at New Williamfield academic. Gavin Main and Nick Farrar could play for Uddingston and Stirling respectively after returning form the U19 World Cup.