IN SATURDAY’S Cricket Scotland West Leagues, Weirs defeated Kelburne in a low-scoring game, NVT Poloc lost to Prestwick at Shawholm, and PSL team Sports Clydesdale travelled to Dumfries to return after a disappointing lost opportunity.
Weirs were all out for just 36 away from home, Mohammed Iqbal the top scorer with 45. But Kelburne were shot out for just 89, and that man Iqbal was again the hero, taking seven wickets.
Poloc had an attack of the dropsy, and none of the spilled catches was more crucial than the one that dropped Prestwick pro Sikander Butt before he had reached 20. He went on to notch a fine century as the Ayrshire visitors topped the 200 mark.
This proved to be beyond the capacity of Poloc’s batsmen to overtake, as they consistently failed to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Prestwick won by 16 runs.
Meanwhile, Clydesdale travelled to Dumfries and had the home side well under control in the first innings.
Opening bowler Mohammed Afzal was on song with 3-29 from his ten overs, and the other ‘Dale bowlers also played their part as Dumfries were kept to 168 for the loss of seven wickets in their 50 overs.
The eventual result might have been a different story but for the batting of Dumfries opener Chris Bellowood, who was stumped one short of his century by stand-in Clydesdale wicket-keeper Zulfi Shahid.
But the visitors had a miserable time with the bat, all out 70 to fall to their first competitive defeat of the season in any competition.
The ‘Dale squad bounced back the following day when an almost completely different team won their first-round game in the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup at Titwood.
The opposition was Ayr, who batted first and struggled to a total of just 78, home skipper Zeeshan Bashir leading the way with a haul of 4-9 from his five overs. This time, the Clydesdale batsmen stuck to their task, led by Bashir’s 24 and Andrew Allan, who made 22 on his competitive debut for the top Titwood team.