Greaves grieve over loss to visiting Heriots

Greaves Clydesdale faced dissapointment on Saturday, losing their first Premiership match by just 27 runs.

Visitors Heriot’s reducded Clydesdale to 60-5 within 14 overs of the second innings.

The Heriot’s innings progressed in fits and starts, with Clydesdale’s new pro, left-arm seamer Nazar Hussain causing problems.

But a superb bowling performance from veteran Greig Williamson, whose ten overs yielded just 27 runs, pegged Heriot’s back to three an over.

The visitors finished on 231 for the loss of eight wickets. In reply, the home club’s batsmen slumped to 60-5 by the 14th over before a series of dogged rearguard partnerships by the lower order batsmen nibbled away at much of the remaining deficit.

Clydesdale skipper Kasim Farid led the way with 47, doubling the score in partnership with Hussain, while newcomer Mohammed Kashif, a Dutch international, made 34 and Mo Ali 33.

Meanwhile, NVT Poloc remain at the top of the Championship table, although Kelburne pushed them all the way in a low-scoring game at Whitehaugh, reduced to 48 overs a side from the start.

Despite a half-century from Kelburne’s seasoned Guyanan pro David Harper, the home side made only 179, all out off their final ball, with leg-spinner Hassam Akram taking 3-33.

Akram, who has moved to Poloc from Weir’s for this season, also pitched in with the bat, adding an unbeaten 31 to South African amateur Tinus Huyser’s 72 as Poloc won by six wickets with two overs to spare.

In schools’ news, Eastwood High continued their unbeaten start to the season with a convincing win over local rivals St Ninian’s High School (A-Team) at Shawholm.

Eastwood posted 136 in their 20 overs, with the Javid brothers providing 53 runs between them

Despite losing a wicket with the first ball, St Ninian’s recovered and posted a respectable 60 for 9 in their 20 overs.

This victory comes hot on the heels of an Eastwood High victory over Kevinside Academy in the Scottish Cup, making it three wins in a row for the local side.