Experience beats youth as Dale fall

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THE southside’s three top cricket clubs experienced mixed fortunes this weekend.

While NVT Poloc recorded their best performance of the season against Kelburne, Weir’s broke their league duck with a four-wicket away win over MGM Prestwick.

However, an exceptionally young Clydesdale team continued their slump, losing to a more experienced West of Scotland team.

Despite impressive performances from youngsters, such as 17-year-old Lyle Hill, they are now in fifth place.

Batting first, the more experienced members of an exceptionally young ‘Dale team managed to lose seven wickets for 60-odd before 17-year-old Scotland internationalists Hill (46 not out) and Haris Chaudhry came to their rescue with a sensible partnership to guide their team to a barely defendable 123 all out.

West of Scotland also found the going difficult, and lost seven wickets on their way to victory.

NVT Poloc recorded their best performance of the season at Whitehaugh in Paisley, where home side Kelburne fell 62 runs short of their target after Poloc set a total of 201 for the loss of eight wickets.

The batting star for Poloc was — for the second week running — veteran opener Anjum Aslam, who scored exactly half his team’s total, his 101 following last week’s innings of 97.

In reply, Kelburne were 140 all out, with five overs remaining, spinner Nick Lafferty again Poloc’s top bowler with 4-35, as they cruised to their first league victory of the season.

Weir’s needed the Duckworth-Lewis calculations to give them their victory.

Mo Akram picked up three wickets as the home side slumped to 121 all out in less than 45 overs. But, needing to bat for a minimum of 20 overs for the game to count, Weir’s had lost a nerve-racking six wickets by the time they crossed the finishing line ahead of the required run-rate.