Second coming for Dale

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After crashing out of the Scottish Cup by just 17 runs six days earlier to Carlton, Clydesdale skipper Majid Haq was determined not to ensure that no more silverware slipped from his squad’s grasp on Saturday.

The PSL team Sports team clawed their way into second place in the Western Premier League over recent weeks.

While, elsewhere, leaders Uddingston had at last been defeated by another club.

Saturday’s task for Haq’s men was to inflict a second defeat on Uddingston and climb within striking distance of a title-winning climax to the season.

Batting on home soil, the Lanarkshire club were in trouble against seam bowling from a rampant Mo Afzal, who struck with a haul of three wickets, conceding just seven runs.

Haq also collected another three victims with his off-spin magic, and Uddingston collapsed to 126 all out in the 47th over.

In reply, although two wickets fell quickly, Haq teamed up with in-form opener Safyaan Sharif, both of them scoring half-centuries to seal victory by eight wickets with more than six overs to spare.

Meanwhile, Clydesdale’s juniors have been celebrating impressive performances in various cup competitions which have been drawing to a close.

The club’s under-18s won the Frank Smith Trophy and the under 15s reached their final of the Scottish Cup.

The U13s went one better, lifting their Cup in triumph last Sunday.

Having defeated Ayr in the semi-final earlier in the day at Shawholm, the older age group went into the final against Prestwick as distinct underdogs, as so many of their star players were missing.

But cometh the hour, cometh the boys.

A superb fielding performance restricted Prestwick to just 82 for 6 off their entire 20 overs.

And in reply, Calum Drummond and Ilan Selby shared an opening partnership of 55 in 11 overs before a sudden collapse threatened to give the game away.

However, ome youthful scampering yielded the winning runs, with only one ball to spare.

As a result, skipper Suhaib Siddiqui proudly collected the handsome trophy for Clydesdale.

In the Scottish Cup finals, Clydesdale and Grange were the finalists in both the U15 and U13 competitions.

In the latter, the Glasgow club won in fine style.