Greaves’ cup glory

Greaves Clydesdale has won the Rowan Cup for the third time in four years.

Tuesday’s final against Greenock at Titwood was played in damp conditions. Clydesdale opted to bat first, and the 83-run opening partnership of Haroon Sher (42) and Greig Williamson (40) set the game up for the home side, with a final total of 141-4.

On a cloudy evening, Greenock set off at the required run-rate, striking the ball well. Clydesdale rang six bowling changes, starting with two spinners, introducing Williamson’s pace in mid-innings to complement Zeeshan Bashir’s intelligent off-spin variations, and finishing with internationalist Majid Haq.

Scotland star Richie Berrington was undone by Haq, as Berrington, on 24, latched on to a full-toss pulled to deep mid-wicket, where he was pouched confidently in the fading light by Andrew Scobie.

Greenock’s innings was effectively over before finishing on 104-6.

Clydesdale now progress to the semi-final of the Murgitroyd T20 Cup on Sunday at Poloc, against Dunfermline Knights.

In Saturday’s national league Premiership fixture with Stirling County at Titwood, Greaves came out on top in a low-scoring game of cricket.

The visitors struggled against the home side’s pace and spin attack. Left arm seam professional Nazar Hussain, with two wickets, was on form and left-arm spinner Mohammed Ali took 3-23.

Stirling’s batsmen were all out for 116 in the 44th over, and it took less than 30 overs for Clydesdale to reach the paltry target, led by Scotland international all-rounder Majid Haq, who was undefeated on 42 at the end.

In the Championship, NVT Poloc were knocked off the top of the table by West Lothian at Linlithgow.

Hasan Akram was the only batsman to make any impact for Poloc as they plunged to an all-out total of 94. West Lothian raced to a nine-wicket victory in half of their allocated 50 overs.

Weirs also lost, to East Kilbride at Albert Park, as the visitors posted a modest total of 174 all out, of which exactly 100 was contributed by former Clydesdale captain Harmanjit Singh.

Only all-rounder Irfan Shah, who had taken four EK wickets, stepped up with the bat to top-score with 37 while his Weirs colleagues surrendered by the 38th over, still 43 runs behind.