Carruthers delight at Ferguslie demolition job
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
JAMEY Carruthers, the Ferguslie captain, was singing the praises of his team on Saturday evening following their 258-run demolition of Western Premier champions Prestwick at Meikleriggs.
Despite topping the table since the first week of the season, Carruthers has been less than satisfied with performances but there was no concealing his delight as they reached the halfway point in the season with a comfortable cushion.
He said: “Today was the sort of performance I’ve been asking from the team and it came at the right time.
“All aspects of the game came together and if it continues in the same fashion we will do okay.”
Gregor Preston-Jones scored a brilliant 102, his opening stand of 160 with Michael English (65) laying the foundations before Elliot Moses (74no) propelled the Paisley team to 303-4.
Carruthers then performed a one-man demolition act on Prestwick’s top order, reducing them to 18-4, before the Tahir brothers, Haroon and Hamza, claimed 3-4 and 3-10 as the visitors slumped to 45 all out.
The captain added: “When they get it right Gregor and Michael are untouchable at the top of the order.
“I’ve been taking a bit of stick for not performing recently so to take a few wickets with the new ball was great and Hamza and Haroon finished things off perfectly.”
Elsewhere statisticians were scurrying for the record books after Jurie Snyman scored 209 in Poloc’s mammoth total of 369-2 against Greenock at Shawholm.
Snyman, who hit a remarkable fifteen maximums, shared a record second-wicket stand of 358 with Craig Young who was unbeaten on 128 at the end.
Snyman’s 209 is the highest individual tally of the modern era by a Poloc batsman, beating Saleem Sajjad’s 198 against Stoneywood-Dyce in 2001.
Sajjad was at Saturday’s game to see his record fall though he may have been more interested in the performance of his sons Kess and Saif, the former taking two wickets as Greenock were dismissed for just 92.
Victory moves Poloc into the top half of the table but it is their southside neighbours Clydesdale who have emerged as Ferguslie’s closest challengers, the Titwood side securing a battling 7-run win at Uddingston.
Elsewhere Brandon McMullen’s brilliant 127 and 78 from Tom Jones helped Stirling recover from 88-6 to reach 263 at New Williamfield before Rukman Hewage claimed 6-21 as West of Scotland were dismissed for 118.
Dumfries are still looking for their first win after going down by five wickets at Ayr.