Clydesdale win league title by 1 wicket in last over.
A Ferguslie century, Dale hat-trick, early Dale collapse followed by two 50+ partnerships and, as if that wasn’t enough, the winning line reached with only one wicket and two balls remaining in the final over!
Ferguslie won the toss and opted to bat first in the league decider at Meikleriggs on Saturday. An early wicket to Arun brought Riyaad Henry to join Hussain and we had to wait a long time for the next success as the partnership was worth 140 when Hussain (61) became the first victim of an Arun Krishna hat-trick. None of the wickets involved assistance from his team-mates – 2 were bowled and one LBW. The home side still had a platform for a good score and Henry finally departed for 118, a great effort by the captain. The final total was 248 all out in 48.5 overs with Zeeshan the main wicket-taker (9.5-0-49-5), Arun took 4 for 52 from 9 overs and Ibrahim Faisal acquitted himself well in such an important match with 5-0-26-0.
The total to win (249) seemed a testing one but may have looked out of reach when three batsmen were out with only 9 runs on the scoreboard. However, a stand between Fazal (48) and Danny (22) took the visitors to 80 but, when both were dismissed in quick succession, momentum was back with Ferguslie. With the score showing 136-6 in the 30th over, an interesting finish was in prospect. It was time for another good partnership and this was provided by Imran Mughal and Zeeshan who took the total to 192-7 when the former was out for 74. Henry’s unrestrained joy at taking the catch on the boundary showed that a potential match-winning moment had arrived. However, Zeeshan (38) and Arun (17) added a further 48 and victory was in sight. Only 5 were needed from the last over and, with the help of a close run-out (not given!), the winning runs were scored with only two balls remaining. It is only right to congratulate Ferguslie on their campaign throughout the season – our solitary loss in the season was to them at Titwood – and they were always ready to pounce if we had slipped up. Well done to Riyaad and his team.
Many congratulations to Paddy and everyone who played for our 1st XI during the season – you have written another special chapter in the history of our club.
Another close finish – 1 wicket win v. Langside
The 1st XI were given a difficult afternoon by Langside, getting home by only 1 wicket at Titwood on Saturday. The visitors won the toss, elected to bat and found scoring difficult, our opening bowlers, Calum & Arun, restricting the total to 30-0 after 15 overs. The task became no easier as the 6th wicket fell for only 70 in the 34th over, the home side well on top. No further wickets fell as a splendid partnership of 80 between Asa Khan and Muj Khan took the innings total to 150-6 (50 overs). Other than a run-out, the wickets were shared by Danny (10-2-22-3) and Zeeshan (10-2-25-2). The fact that 10 maiden overs were bowled is a measure of the control exercised by our attack.
Only two league matches remain – next week Greenock are the visitors to Titwood.
The early fall of both openers in our reply brought Fazal and Richie together in a stand of 57 for the 3rd wicket which, at 78-3, should have been the basis for a more comfortable win than eventually transpired. Fazal’s dismissal for 34 led to a tumble of wickets and when the 9th wicket fell at 134 – still 17 short of the winning line – Langside had every reason to believe that they could win. Thankfully, Zeeshan (9*) and Calum (7*) took us to an anxious victory in the 46th over, Richie top-scored with 46.
The main wicket-takers were Farhan Shah (10-1-37-3) and Muhammad Khan (10-2-26-3). Langside deserve credit for taking the match to the brink of a win for their side.
Dale keep up title chase with narrow win over West.
Dale won a close match on Saturday by 11 runs at Hamilton Crescent.
Electing to bat first, an early wicket saw James Galling and Fazal Jawad take the total to 49 before James’ dismissal brought Richie to the wicket to add a further 53 before Fazal was bowled for 35. Wickets then fell regularly until a total of 172-8 in the 46th over suggested a lower score than we would have wished. However, Richie was still there and, joined by Arun, a spirited and rapid partnership of 55 for the 9th wicket saw Richie finish just short of a well-deserved century (97*) and the total 227-8 in 50 overs. Excellent bowling figures of 10-2-33-4 were recorded by Callum Dutia.
West batted determinedly towards the target and, with a top score was 51* from John Oliver, every batsman contributed and a number of partnerships kept them in touch with the required scoring rate. The closeness of the final margin was a tribute to their combined batting. Zeeshan was economical with 2 for 32 from 10 overs and Richie added to his efforts with the bat by taking 2 for 16 from 5 overs.
Dale maintain first place in the WDCU Premier Division with only 3 games remaining and we welcome neighbours Langside to Titwood next week.
Weather wins the day at Titwood
The 1st XI game against Titwood on Saturday was interestingly balanced but a combination of rain, thunder and lightning caused abandonment.
Uddingston won the toss and chose to bat. Fazal made an important breakthrough in the 9th over by dismissing the ever-dangerous Muhammad Awais for 22 (lbw). Wickets fell regularly until the innings closed at 121 all out in the 44th over. The main wicket-takers were Zeeshan (10-4-15-4) and Bahadar (6-1-15-2); Danny, although wicketless, bowled his 9 overs for only 21 runs.
Any thoughts of an easy run chase were dismissed when our first 3 wickets fell for only 24. A period of consolidation was needed and Fazal (10*) and Danny (10*) had taken the total to 45 in the 15th over when the weather closed in and the match was called off with no result. Niall Alexander had caused most of the early damage with 7-3-18-2.
Dale remain top of the WDCU Premier Division and travel to Nunholm on Saturday to play Dumfries.
Mixed weekend for Dale – League win but Cup defeat
SATURDAY – The 1st XI defeated Poloc at Shawholm by 5 wickets.
Poloc won the toss and batted first, the top three in the order proceeding carefully and, although the third wicket fell at 88, 30 overs had gone and the visitors could be satisfied with their efforts. The introduction of Zeeshan, as is often the case, restricted the scoring rate further and the last 8 wickets fell for only 43 runs – Poloc 131 all out in the 42nd over. Zeeshan’s figures were 9-3-15-4 and Shahan Raja can be proud of his contribution with the ball – 10-1-29-3. Top scorers were Ali (35) and Sajjad (33).
What may have seemed a modest total to chase, at the outset of our reply, took on more serious proportions when the loss of early wickets left us on 51 for 5. That brought Imran Mughal (53*) and Kasim Farid (33*) together in a match-winning stand of 84, victory being reached in the 39th over. The early damage was caused by Adrees with outstanding figures of 10-5-14-3.
We remain top of WDCU Premier Division and welcome 4th placed Uddingston to Titwood on Saturday.
SUNDAY – Yesterday’s win was followed by a convincing defeat by Watsonians at Titwood in the CS Scottish Cup semi-final.
The visitors won the toss and took first innings which, following an early wicket, gave Oliver Hairs the chance to show his liking for the Titwod wicket once again, having made a century a few weeks ago in the Regional 50-over Series. A score of 88-1 after 10 overs was ominous for Dale and it was not until the 30th over that Hairs was dismissed for 127, caught by Imran on the boundary from Danny’s bowling. Parker Neame (52) and Ben Jones (40) kept the momentum going until the innings was finally ended for 321 all out in 50 overs. Most of the bowlers suffered although Calum and Danny took 3 wickets each.
When early wickets in our reply reduced the total to 22-5 in the 7th over, any realistic chance of a run-chase had gone. However, the inevitable defeat was delayed by Danny (42) and Imran (36) who put on 75. The end came in the 33rd over – 119 all out, Watsonians comfortable winners by 202 runs. Josh Stinson was the main wicket-taker with superb figures of 9.5-2-22-6.
Dale back to winning ways against Stirling County
The 1st XI won a tense game at New Williamfield on Saturday by 17 runs. Opting to bat first, Paddy and Fazal opened the innings with a stand of 48 in 10 overs when Fazal (19) was dismissed, leaving skipper Paddy to see the total past 100 before he was out for the top score of 57. Three quick wickets threatened to halt momentum but 28 from Danny followed by the same score later in the innings from Bahadar (28*) – including 3 boundaries in the final over – gave a score of 211-9 in 50 overs. Morton was the main wicket-taker (10-1-43-4) with great support from Bielby and Hewage with 2 for 30 and 0 for 25 respectively from their full allocation of 10 overs each. An early wicket in the reply, a low catch by Owen from Rohan’s bowling, allowed Matthew Tweedie and Brandon McMullen to put together a stand of 120, only ended when the former was run out for 38 following a misfield. McMullen was capable of seeing his side over the winning line but his dismissal by Zeeshan for 70 signalled the end of meaningful resistance by County and they were all out for 194 in the 48th. Zeeshan took 2 for 32 in his 10 overs (1 each for Arun, Rohan, Danny and Imran) but our cause was greatly helped by four run-outs. As was mentioned on Twitter, we were saddened to see Craig Young sustain a leg injury while fielding on the boundary and we all wish him a full and speedy recovery.
Dale lose unbeaten record to Ferguslie
The 1st XI lost its 100% record in the WDCU Premier Division at a sun-drenched Titwood on Saturday, losing by 30 runs. The visitors opted to take first innings and the early run out of Preston-Jones was a great start for Dale. Although that brought the ever-dangerous Riyaad Henry to the wicket, a score of 95-3 after 25 overs left the innings interestingly poised. A final total of 247 all out in the last over was mainly due to a fine century by Henry (108), the next best score of 27 really showing the value of his innings. Imran Mughal had the best figures (8.5-1-47-4) with good support from Zeeshan (10-0-36-2). The early loss of wicketkeeper James Galling in our reply brought Craig and Paddy together to share in a stand of 104 until Paddy was dismissed for 60. With 122 needed to win from 17 overs and 8 wickets in hand, both sides believed that they could see the winning line. Craig was fourth out for top score of 61 which unfortunately began a mini-collapse of 4 for 48. Tight bowling by this point had left the target virtually out of reach and the innings ended at 217-9 after 50 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Hasseeb Zaker (10-0-38-4), Henry adding to his century with 2 for 42. Ghaffar and H. Tahir each bowled their 10 overs at an economy of less than 4 per over. In spite of the defeat, we are still top of the league on 86.67%, with Ferguslie on 77.15%. Stirling County are in close pursuit in third place and it is to New Williamfield that we go next Saturday.
Dale thwarted twice by rain at Albert Park
SATURDAY – The league match v. Langside saw the home side invited to bat first and reach 76-6 after 36 overs when rain put a stop to play. The bowling was opened by Jawad Khan and Imran Mughal and, with combined figures of 13-5-23-1, they applied control over the scoring rate which was maintained for the remainder of the innings. Muh Khan (29) was the only batsman to reach double figures for Langside, with Richie being our main wicket-taker (6-0-17-3) and one each for Jawad, Danny and Zeeshan. A downpour after 36 overs meant that no further play was possible.
SUNDAY – The CS Scottish Cup quarter final met a similar fate to Saturday’s match. Dale won the toss and invited Langside, once again, to bat. Jawad Khan gave us the best start by claiming the first four wickets to fall, with exceptional figures of 6-0-15-4. Zeeshan took 2 and Bahadar 1, with Butt (21), Raja (17) and Muj Khan (14*) being the principal run-scorers. Several rain interruptions in the first innings made it a difficult afternoon for players and spectators and the innings was finally brought to an end at 90 for 4 after 27.4 overs. The Dale target, adjusted for Duckworth/Lewis, became 97 in 25 overs and, following an early wicket, Paddy and Craig had us well placed at 33-1 in the 8th when rain had the final say. A replay will be arranged in due course.
1st XI maintains unbeaten run at Prestwick
The 1st XI maintained its perfect record (4 out of 4) by defeating West of Scotland by 39 runs at Titwood on Saturday. Opting to bat first, Paddy and new opening partner Owen were dismissed with the total on 34. This gave Craig and Richie the chance to steady the innings which they did by putting on 48 together, until Richie was out for 22. West stuck to the task and a total of 127 when the 6th wicket fell would have given them encouragement. However, Craig was still there and, joined by Kasim Farid, a partnership of 44 was ended with Kasim (24) out trying to push the rate of scoring. Craig’s superb patient effort was finally ended for 81, having held the innings together since the 6th over – Dale 218 all out in the last over. Smith and Hulatt took 3 wickets each and David McNulty, although wicketless, bowled his 10 overs for only 22 runs. The West top 4 all made useful contributions (Ian Young top scorer with 38) but tight bowling and fielding resulted in the required rate going up and the final total was 179-9 in 50 overs. The pick of the bowlers was Danny (10-2-25-3) with good support from Richie and Calum with 2 wickets each. Arun was economical and Zeeshan celebrated his return to Saturday cricket with figures of 10-2-23-1. Next weekend sees the 1st XI make two visits to Albert Park to play Langside, league on Saturday and Scottish Cup on Sunday.
1st XI preserves unbeaten run at Prestwick
A game of fluctuating fortunes at Prestwick on Saturday saw the 1st XI record a 23 run victory. Electing to bat first, the worst start had both openers dismissed without scoring. Craig and Richie attempted to recover the situation until the former was out for 13, the stand worth 28. When top-scorer Richie was 5th out for 35, caught sweeping while trying to force the pace, and other wickets fell cheaply, a scoreboard showing 84 for 9 in the 36th over made sorry reading for the visitors. What followed may come to be regarded as one of the partnerships of the season as Arun Krishna (25*) and Calum Drummond (24) added 57 for the last wicket to bring the final total to 141, giving much encouragement to their team for the second innings. The early damage was done by Chaudhary (10-3-24-3) and Akbar (10-2-24-2), but outstanding bowling figures were recorded by Majid Haq – 10-3-18-4. Prestwick set about their reply in fine style, 58 being on the board in 10 overs before the first wicket fell. That proved to be comfortably the biggest partnership of the innings as wickets fell at regular intervals. In spite of this, the visitors could not relax while a late stand of 20-25 runs might have tilted the game in Prestwick’s favour. However, victory was finally achieved when the last wicket fell at 118. Wickets were shared between Calum (3-31), Danny (3-40) and Arun (2-30) with Imran, although wicketless, conceding only 13 in his 4 overs. Next Saturday, we welcome West of Scotland to Titwood.
1st XI league cricket, sunshine all day, and a Dale win!
Our 1st XI began the home league fixtures with a 2 wicket win over Dumfries on Saturday. Opting to bat first, and losing an early wicket, the visitors recovered to 52 before the next wicket fell. Thereafter, the major partnership needed to give substance to the innings could not be found and, from a promising base of 70-3, the innings was ended in the 45th over for 144. Outstanding figures were recorded by Kasim Farid (10-1-27-5) with good support from Danny Cairns (10-4-20-1). Two wickets each were taken by Bahadar and Arun. Joint top scorers with 26 were Scott Beveridge and James Cox.
A bright opening stand of 32 between Paddy and Sheryar looked to pave the way for a successful run chase until Paddy was given out LBW. A superb effort by Chris Brockwell for Dumfries, who took 6 for 31 from 10 overs, made the pursuit an anxious watch but the winning line was finally reached at 145-8 in 30 overs. Although there was no individual innings to hold our reply together, valuable twenties came from Owen Gould, Fazal Jawad and Bahadar Esakhiel. How Dumfries must have wished for a further 25-30 runs in order to put pressure on our batsmen!
Ferguslie, Prestwick & Clydesdale have all won both of their games and we visit Henry Thow Oval next Saturday.
Comfortable win for Dale in Scottish Cup
The second home game of the weekend saw Stoneywood Dyce defeated by 156 runs in the CS Scottish Cup. Clydesdale won the toss and batted, unfortunately losing Sheryar with the total on 12. That brought Craig Young to the wicket and a stand of 76 with Paddy (out for 51) put the home side back on course for a good score. The innings was then magnificently lead by Craig, undefeated at the end with 122*, good support coming from Fazal with 49. David Kidd had 2 for 59 from his 10 overs but 285-5 promised to be a daunting total to chase.
Mainly through the efforts of Andrew Rayner (30) and Jack Lambley (28), the early reply was in touch with the scoring rate required but the regular fall of wickets and accompanying scoreboard pressure saw the visitors dismissed for 129 in the 31st over. Danny concluded a good weekend with the ball by taking 5 for 28 from his 10 overs.
The win sees us to the quarter-finals with a very short journey to near neighbours Langside (formerly Weirs CC) at Albert Park on 4th July.