Up for the cup

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Clydesdale’s forgotten cricketers - those who labour in the recreational lower levels of the sport - were celebrating silverware this week in a thrilling game concluded in the gloaming of last Sunday evening at Titwood.

The swashbuckling Cavaliers team won the Greenwood Trophy against a competitive team Victoria team, defying the threatening rain clouds to win by just 15 runs.

With a packed clubhouse full of enthusiastic supporters in full throat, skipper John McCrossan won the toss and chose to bat first in a game reduced to 16 overs a side.

A splendid early partnership between Neil Fulton (22) and Calum Lindsay (10) set the pace, with acceleration provided by Billy Pirzada (17) and Johnny Mackay (20) at a crucial period of the innings.

But it was Andrew Scobie who provided the backbone of the innings, hitting out in the closing overs to top score with an unbeaten 39 as Clydesdale posted a challenging total of 129 for the loss of eight wickets.

In reply, Victoria’s batsmen had to contend with the gathering darkness, although the rains stayed away.

But they were always behind the required run rate against the Cavaliers pace bowlers, and there was some brilliant catching and fielding on display - none more so than McCrossan’s running, juggling catch at mid-wicket.

And in the final overs left-arm spinner Tim Hart collected three wickets to thwart Victoria’s attempts to overhaul the target.

The visitors finished on 114, also having lost eight wickets, and there was a huge cheer from the home club’s supporters when the final ball was bowled and the street lights immediately lit up.

Clutching the club’s only silverware of the cricket season, McCrossan thanked Victoria for the spirit in which they approached the game, and praised his squad for their gritty performances at the end of a sodden summer.

In another southside cup final earlier in the day at Poloc’s Shawholm ground, Langside College pulled off a remarkable victory over Hamilton to win the Glasgow Cup.

Batting first, Langside posted an awesome total of 191 for the loss of five wickets in their allocated 20 overs.

But Hamilton were not overawed, scoring 40 without loss from their first five overs. In the end, though, the target was just too much, and the Lanarkshire team finished just 21 runs short in a thrilling finale to the season.