NVT Poloc’s Carl Huyser sparked a blistering finish to the Scottish Cup first round tie against Prestwick at Shawholm on Sunday.
The South African professional scored more than half of his 50 runs in the last five balls of the game.
With Poloc cruising to an easy victory after Nick Lafferty’s haul of 5-16 had reduced the visitors to just 94 all out, there was no danger that Poloc would not progress to the second round.
But, in the 12th over of Poloc’s reply, with the score on 73 for three, Huyser stepped up to the crease and decided to finish the game without further ado.
He had already got 24 runs under his belt. The next five balls all went to or over the boundary: 4, 4, 6, 6, 6.
Poloc now have an away tie against Edinburgh Accies in the next round of the cup this Sunday.
Sixty miles away at Penicuik, Weirs had an altogether different cup experience, going down tamely to the home side by eight wickets after managing to put only 120 runs on the scoreboard in the first innings.
Meanwhile Greaves Clydesdale had restored some pride at Titwood on Saturday with their second league win of the season, this time against Drumpellier.
Batting first, with two rain interruptions reducing the game to 39 overs a side, Clydesdale assembled a respectable total of 206 for the loss of seven wickets.
The major contribution to the total came from the third-wicket partnership between veteran Greig Williamson, who made 81, and Scotland all-rounder Majid Haq.
The latter contributed 33 runs to the 90-run partnership, which proved to be more than enough as pro Nazar Hussain grabbed three wickets to send Drumpellier sinking towards a 93-run defeat.
RTAs it happens, the two sides meet again at Titwood in this Sunday’s second round of the Scottish Cup — a club match that will uniquely be televised live over the internet through the Cricket Scotland website (www.cricket Scotland.com).