Greenock beat Uddingston to seal first win
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
GREENOCK grabbed their first win of the campaign at the expense of Uddingston as rain played its part on a day of dramatic Western Premier action.
With thunder storms forecast later in the day, home skipper Neil Flack’s decision to bowl first paid dividends as his side were able to time their run-chase to perfection.
After restricting Uddingston to 228-7, South African Jimmy Sholto-Douglas and Gavin Bradley both scoring half-centuries, Greenock suffered a horror start to their innings as they collapsed to 24-4.
However, Indian professional Saurabh Bandekar and Jonathan Hempsey dug in to bring their side back into contention.
With storm clouds gathering and rain imminent, Greenock were eight runs behind the DLS par score going into what proved to be the final over.
However, as the rain arrived, local hero Hempsey gathered twos off the second and third deliveries of Sholto-Douglas’s over before hitting a boundary off the fifth ball to put Greenock just one run ahead.
The umpires took the players off the field at the end of the over and no further play was possible, Hempsey unbeaten on 44 and Bandekar 32.
Greenock spokesman Peter Hempsey declared: “It was a dramatic game and the guys got the necessary runs in the nick of time.
“The rain was torrential and the ground quickly developed puddle in numerous areas.
“It couldn’t have been closer than one run so the decision to insert Uddingston paid off.”
It was just as exciting at Hamilton Crescent where West of Scotland suffered last-over heartache for the second time this season.
Having gone down with a couple of balls to spare against Poloc on the opening day it was even closer against Clydesdale on Saturday when the outcome went down to the very last delivery of a topsy-turvy affair.
Set a revised target of 197 in response to West’s 245-9, Dale went into the final over still needing six runs to win.
The scores were then tied with one ball remaining and, despite a cordon of close fielders, the batsmen were able to scramble the required single.
While Clydesdale’s youngsters had been the stars of their wins in the previous two weeks, it was the experienced Richie Berrington who was their match-winner on this occasion, Scotland’s most capped player taking four wickets and scoring a vital 74.
Jurie Snyman scored a magnificent unbeaten 148 as Poloc overpowered Stirling by 129 runs at Shawholm while Fraser MacDonald scored 64 to help Prestwick to a four-wicket derby win at Ayr.
Ferguslie’s bid for a sixth straight win was frustrated by rain at Dumfries.