A tale of two matches

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TWO sensational performances, one with the ball and one with the bat, but in different matches, marked out PSL Team Sports Clydesdale’s weekend of cricket.

At Titwood, internationalist Majid Haq took no fewer than seven of Renfrew’s wickets to send them crashing to 121 all out, an innings that lasted all of 50 overs.

Clydesdale’s reply started disastrously, with four top-order batsmen back in the pavilion in the first few overs. The innings therefore stretched into the 45th over, as in-form Sharif recorded yet another half-century in a rescue partnership with skipper Haq, to lead their team to victory by six wickets.

In stark contrast, in the reserve match across at Renfrew’s Deanpark ground, there was an unscheduled and explosive fireworks display from the Titwood opener Haroon Sher.

Invited to bat first by the home skipper, the visitors racked up an astonishing total of 357 for the loss of five wickets from their 50 overs.

Sher was at the crease throughout, smashing an incredible and first-ever double century.

His first 100 included 16 fours and two sixes; his second ton 12 fours and three maximums.

His undefeated 205 came from just 154 deliveries.

Needless to say, the Titwood team won the game, with Bilawal Pirzada and Johnny MacKay accounting for five early wickets, and Shreyas Chitnis, back from his studies at Cardiff University, capturing three scalps of his own.

But the Deanpark team fought back to post a creditable 211 to salvage some pride.

Elsewhere in the top team leagues, Weirs registered only their second win of the season, defeating Kelburne by just five runs.

It didn’t look good for Weirs as they were bundled out for a threadbare 115 in 45 overs, although Moneeb Ibal made 34 and David McCaig 

But Scotland internationalist Iqbal wasn’t done, as he also led the way with the ball, his leg-breaks yielding four wickets for just 16 runs. Kelburne were all out for 110 in the 40th over.

That win brings Weirs within two percent of NVT Poloc in the First Division table, as the latter lost again, this time to Stenhousemuir by six wickets.

Shahid Aslam turned in a good all-round performance for Poloc, scoring 61 of their total of 179, and then taking three wickets, but found little other support from his team-mates.