IT WAS a good cricketing weekend for Greaves Clydesdale.
In the national league on Saturday they travelled to Ayr and returned with a superb victory, despite the best efforts of the New Zealand professional Michael Papps, a former Test cricketer.
Meanwhile, in the second round of the Scottish Cup at Titwood on Sunday, they completed the double over Drumpellier by a comfortable 109 runs.
Kasim Farid led his troops from the front in Saturday’s game, continuing his consistent recent form with the bat, scoring 74.
With useful support from Omer Hussain (56) and Haroon Sher (36), the team’s total of 263 for eight was certainly a challenge, which Papps took up with a will, compiling a masterful undefeated 134.
But the evergreen Greig Williamson had already destroyed the rest of the top order, with a haul of 4-33, and Ayr’s effort came to an end 26 runs short, with three balls remaining, allowing Clydesdale to moved up the 16-team Premiership table into seventh position.
Sunday’s Cup match, which was televised live over the internet to about 1,000 viewers, came just eight days after Clydesdale had defeated Drumpellier in the league.
This was a repeat performance, with Farid’s squad posting an above-average total of 283 for the loss of seven wickets.
Majid Haq led the way with an enterprising 65, well-supported by Zulfi Shahid’s 48 and an energetic 40 from off-spin all-rounder Zeeshan Bashir.
In reply, Drumpellier kept up well with the required run-rate, thanks to a generous stream of wides from the seam bowlers. But once Clydesdale’s army of spinners were brought on to weave their magic, victory was never in doubt, with Dutch international Mohammed Kashif the leading wicket-taker with 3-15. Clydesdale now play old rivals Greenock at Glenpark in the next round on June 19.
Meanwhile, it was a less happy weekend for neighbours NVT Poloc, who were sitting at the top of the Championship league table until they lost badly at Shawholm to Falkland, and consequently dropped five places.
The visitors reached 216 for five, and Poloc’s reply needed another good innings from South African pro Carl Huyser, who obliged with 64. But a five-wicket haul by Falkland’s Harry Cooray knocked the stuffing out of the other Poloc batters.