The cricketers of PSL Team Sports Clydesdale celebrated complete dominance over media favourites Uddingston, at both first and second team levels last Saturday.
In the reserve league at Titwood, the second team racked up 303 runs, thanks to major innings of 89 by Andrew Allan and 73 by Andrew Scobie, both of whom knocked emphatically on the selectorial door as their side trounced Uddingston by more than 200 runs.
In the Cricket Scotland Premier West league at Bothwell Castle Policies, Kasim Farid led the way with his best innings for a year, his 83 from 71 balls underpinned by internationalist Majid Haq’s 74 and reliable skipper Zeeshan Bashir’s 36.
Clydesdale’s total of 249 for the loss of nine wickets might have been at the mercy of Uddingston’s big hitters, but three wickets apiece for Naeem Iqbal, Majid Haq and Mo Ali quickly reduced the home side to 89 all out, and victory by 160 runs.
The day’s results lent weight to the view that the difference between the two clubs was the greater strength in depth of the winners, with Clydesdale’s renowned junior coaching set-up yielding plenty of options in fielding four teams on a Saturday, while most other clubs can manage no more than two.
The other two big southside cricket clubs fared less well, both losing narrowly to their Western first division opponents.
At Shawholm, NVT Poloc contested an exciting game with visitors Ferguslie, who posted a first-innings total of 242 for seven, the wickets shared around the home bowlers.
In reply, Poloc made steady progress towards the target, but were always behind the run-rate and kept losing wickets, falling short by just 23 runs.
Weirs travelled to play Renfrew and struggled somewhat to post a challenging total, Mo Akram their top scorer with 46.
Renfrew‘s batsmen, too, were uncomfortable in the conditions, but had overs to spare when they won the game by three wickets.