Clarke praises Uddingston resilience
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
UDDINGSTON skipper Bryan Clarke heaped praise on his rejuvenated side after their latest victory but still believes leaders Ferguslie are the team to beat in the Western Premier title race.
While the Bothwell men were easing to a third consecutive win at the expense of Dumfries, Ferguslie dug themselves out of a hole against Poloc to make it five victories in a row.
A half-century from Hari Singh spearheaded Uddy’s total of 219-8 while Mo Awais chipped-in with a valuable 43.
Ross Lyons then added to his impressive wickets tally with a further three while Awais, who joined from Clydesdale during the close-season, emphasised his all-round skills by also claiming three scalps as Dumfries were dismissed for a disappointing 116.
Clarke said: “It was a really solid team performance and we seem to be improving every week.
“Mo is a serious cricketer – his attitude preparation and reading of the game are excellent and his bowling is a real plus for us.”
Uddingston may have designs on the title but high-flying Ferguslie remain in pole position after recovering from 27-3 to post 246-8 en route to a 104-run win over Poloc at Meikleriggs.
Former Scotland batsman Omer Hussain and youngster Taimoor Ahmad both hit half-centuries for the Paisley side while Ahmad was also their top bowler with 3-19.
Clarke added: “Ferguslie look every bit the favourites and are deservedly top but there’s lots of cricket to be played.”
Elsewhere, bottom-of-the-table Greenock suffered a heart-breaking defeat against Clydesdale at Titwood.
Chasing the home side’s imposing 263-7, the Glenpark men were on course to break their duck as Neil Flack and Laurens Smit embarked on a sparkling 170-run stand for the second wicket.
The pair were still in the middle with 54 runs needed from the final six overs and may have led their team to an improbable win had they managed to stay together.
Instead scoreboard pressure told as Smit holed out for 63 to be quickly followed by Flack, the former Scotland U19 star having stroked a brilliant 119.
In the end Scotland all-rounder Richie Berrington’s four wickets proved crucial while earlier teenager Zain Ashraf made it back-to-back half-centuries to top-score for Clydesdale for the second week in a row.
Tom Bradburn, son of Scotland coach Grant, was the start of Stirling’s 14-run win over Ayr at New Williamfield, the youngster top-scoring with 36 before claiming 3-35.
Champions Prestwick brought West of Scotland’s winning run to a shuddering halt at the Henry Thow Oval where Sachin Chaudhary’s 4-25 helped dismiss the Partick team for just 107.
Western Warriors batsman Fazad Jawal then raced to 54 as Prestwick won by six wickets.