When it rains, it pours

The waterlogged cricket season squelches its way towards completion this weekend — though in truth very little of it could be described as having been completed.

Last Saturday’s key match between PSL Team Sports Clydesdale and West of Scotland at Hamilton Crescent was the only match of the Cricket Scotland West League to start, with both teams still theoretically in a position to overtake leaders Dumfries to win the title.

Indeed, the game had actually reached the half-way mark before the rains came to cause yet another abandonment in mid-afternoon.

By that time, West, lying second in the table just above their visitors, had crawled to a modest total of 155 for the loss of eight wickets in their allocated 50 overs. Clydesdale skipper Zeeshan Bashir was the pick of the bowlers, his nagging off-spin gathering three wickets for Clydesdale.

But the rains duly arrived, and the Titwood team is no longer in the hunt for the title, although West meet Dumfries in a winner-takes-all climax this Saturday, weather permitting!

For Clydesdale, it is yet another trophy that has slipped through their grasp

There will be no senior silverware in their clubhouse at the end of the worst season that the climatic gods have thrown at the game in living memory.

Laughably, the final of the Scottish Cup is scheduled to be played at Titwood this Sunday, for only the second time in the history of the competition. Clydesdale lost to West in that year, but neither team will be taking part this time — even if the forecast for more wetness proves to be incorrect.