Helicopter Saturday

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THE final destination of the Western Premiership trophy of the Cricket Scotland League season remains unknown with just one match left to play — this Saturday.

Both contenders for the title, Tunnock’s Uddingston and PSL Team Sports Clydesdale, remain neck-and-neck on points and percentages, with the former having a marginal advantage of net run-rate over the season.

The Glasgow side therefore need to score quickly while winning their final match against West of Scotland at Titwood.

Th southsiders must also hope that Uddingston slip up, at least to the extent of a decline in their run-rate against Dumfries.

Against Drumpellier in Coatbridge on Saturday, Clydesdale skipper and Scotland internationalist Majid Haq led from the front with both ball and bat.

After paceman Mo Afzaal had captured the first three home team wickets with just 26 runs on the board, Haq plied his varied off-breaks to remove four Drumpellier tail-enders.

In between, last year’s Clydesdale skipper Zeeshan Bashir dismissed Drumpellier’s top scorer with a catch off his own bowling.

In only his third over finished the innings with another caught-and-bowled.

The target of 115 for victory was hardly challenging, but Clydesdale struggled to break free in a quest to improve their run-rate, and only some lively hitting by Bashir (24 not out) accelerated the five-wicket win, with nearly 16 overs to spare.

Meanwhile in the first division, NVT Poloc condemned Prestwick to drop out of the league with a fine eight-wicket away win.

Zaeem Misra was the bowling hero, taking 5 for 47, with Poloc pro Carl Huyser (3 for 21) in support. Huyser (48 not out) then joined skipper Craig Young (76 not out) in a third-wicket romp to achieve victory in 39 overs.

Inconsistent Weirs, however, did not enjoy their visit to Greenock, where their match was completed in just 37 overs, after slumping to 65 all out - a target easily achieved by the home side without losing a wicket.

Clydesdale’s Majid Haq is part of a strong Scotland A squad heading to Alderly Edge CC for this week for a three day match against Lancashire 2XI .

The squad to face Australia in next Tuesday’s one day International at the Grange will be announced tomorrow.

Haq’s teammate Safyaan Sharif features as he continues his return to fitness.