Clydesdale kickstart season with win over Poloc
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
OLD and new combined to stunning effect as Clydesdale kickstarted their Western Premier campaign with an emphatic derby win over Poloc at Titwood.
With an opening day defeat to Ferguslie and a washout on week two, the 2015 and 2016 champions have had disappointing start to the season.
However, they sprung to life impressively as Richie Berrington, Scotland’s record cap holder, and national U17 star Angus Guy staged a superb 160-run partnership which proved decisive.
Berrington’s 80 was upstaged by the teenager who made 90 as Dale recovered from 16-2 to post an imposing 251-7.
Scotland U19 pace bowler Ihtisham Malik then stalled the Poloc reply with two early wickets as Dale took control.
Malik went on to claim 3-27, Hamid Mahmood 4-35 while Zeeshan Bashir conceded just 16 runs from his ten overs and bagged the key wicket of Poloc’s top scorer Coenie Nel for 67.
Clydesdale manager Colin Mitchell said: “It was a dominant performance to get our campaign going.
“Angus and Richie set up our innings with maturity and class before Ihty knocked Poloc off their stride with two new-ball wickets.”
If Dale were dominant, Ferguslie were positively on fire in making it three wins from three with a 173-run demolition of Ayr at Meikleriggs.
Michael English, Elliot Moses and James Cook made half-centuries in a total of 242-5 before Hamza Tahir claimed three wickets without conceding a run as Ayr were dismissed for 69.
Ferguslie skipper Jamey Carruthers believes English and Tahir, respectively the division’s leading run-scorer and wicket-taker, have given the national selectors a timely nudge ahead of next month’s ODI against England.
He said: “Michael is performing consistently every week with the bat, has added wickets to his game and is also a gun fielder.
“For me Hamza is the best spinner in the country. It’s not just about containing, as it is for some spinners, he’s an attacking, wicket-taking option.”
Hamza may have competition for a spinning berth from Ross Lyons who helped himself to 6-21 as Uddingston claimed a first win of the season against Stirling at Bothwell Castle.
Lyons’ heroics helped bundle Stirling out for 127 before Uddingston knocked off the runs with two wickets down.
Elsewhere, champions Prestwick also broke their duck with an impressive six-wicket win over Dumfries at the Henry Thow Oval where Sachin Chaudhary’s 4-13 did most to restrict the visitors to 168-8 despite Scott Beveridge’s battling 59no.
Mitchell Rao’s 45no led the reply as Prestwick won with almost twelve overs in hand.
West of Scotland continued their promising start to life in the top flight with a fine 52-run win over Greenock at Hamilton Crescent.