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(Please note that no offence is intended to any third party in the undernoted match reports that are produced with the primary intention of [hopefully] entertaining club members) 


Run-fest [posted 06/07/19]

Best thing to say about today's 600+ run-fest at "Henry Thow Oval" is that it was high-scoring.  Aside that blindingly obvious fact this was actually a fairly dreary game, low of quality.  Both sides' bowling attacks had off days, the 'Loc conceding 40 runs in wides and byes, their hosts, Prestwick, 29.  There were boundaries galore as the notoriously hard-to-field-on oval allied to poor bowling saw batters bunt the wee red sphere to all parts.  Plenty batters made scores, with Jawad (83), Chaudhary (63) and Fleet (55) all getting half centuries for Prestwick, and Mo (97), Saif (31) and CJ (38) all getting past 30.  Batting first Prestwick posted an enormous 319 for 5, none of the 'Loc bowlers' figures being other than X-rated.  And in reply the 'Loc replied with 290 for 9, a total boodsed by late-over buntalicious hitting from the James boys.   CJ's 38 (22) was matched for strike-rate by LJ's 23* (12), their combined 61 including ten boundaries.  Prestwick's Macdonald did record a "4-for" in amidst the carnage, and "Overseas Amateur" Lord's figures of 10-0-38-2 looked world-class in comparison to the others returned on the day.  But overall, don't let the high scores deflect from a pretty ordinary match as regards the quality on display, both sides likely looking to make significant improves next time out, particularly with the ball and in the field. 


One that got away [posted 29/06/19]

The 'Loc will feel that they let the win slip through their fingers today as, chasing a DLS-determined 137 in 35 overs to see of West of Scotland at home they could only muster 122 for 9 and, thereby, finish on the losing side.  Back to the first innings for now though: winning the toss, the visitors from "Hamilton Crescent" elected to bat and had been reduced to 147 for 6, with batters seven and eight at the wicket, when the rain came.  A few batters had "got in", however none aside Professional Kleinveldt (47) had really looked like making a big score.  The visitors had actually raced out of the traps, assisted by wayward bowling from the 'Loc new-ball attack, Young and Braithwaite putting on 46 for the first wicket.  However, after a third-wicket partnership if 70 had then looked like maybe becoming significant, West lost four wickets for just 28 runs, 119 for 2 becoming 147 for 6.  A different ball game.  Then it rained.  And though it didn't rain for very long, it was heavy, and the overhead conditions offered little in the way of assistance to the drying-out process.  However, spin forward three hours and it was everyone back out.  The West of Scotland innings had closed and DLS determined that the 'Loc's target, in 35 overs, would be 137.  Fair?  Hard to tell.  Seemed a tad high given batters seven and eight were in for West, and they were on 7 and 0 respectively when it rained.  Seemed reasonable given what you'd hope to score in 35 overs in normal circumstances.  137 it was though.


The 'Loc's run chase then started horribly: 7 for 2 with Mo (4) and Seebz (1) both cleaned up by Kleinveldt.  Pasty (49) and Saif (31) would then steady the ship with a 51-run partnership, however when Saif was stumped by Miller it was 58 for 3, and Ofie was Pasty's new partner. These two again put on a decent partnership, and at 43 runs it looked it might just be a match-winning one.  But then, with the score on 101, and just 36 needed to win, Ofie (13) was trapped LBW by Chance.  This triggered a mini-collapse.  101 for 3 becoming 113 for 8 as batters came-and-went, the required run-rate climbing.  Pasty was dismissed amidst the carnage too, a second stumping for Miller, Chance the bowler.  And as it looked like the 'Loc might run out of batters, they ran out of overs, 122 for 9 the scoreboard display when the final delivery of the 35th over was bowled.  15 runs short of their target, and West the winners. Frustration then at an opportunity missed, and frustration, too, that defeat had to a large extent between snatch from the jaws of victory. 


Will the real Poloc please stand up? [posted 27/06/19]

After arguably their worst performance of the season yesterday evening, somewhat extraordinarily the same eleven bodies - albeit in black not white tonight - saw off the challenge of Ferguslie in the Rowan Cup semi-final to secure a place in this season's final.  It's a strange game.  But here's a fact: instead of gift-wrapping and delivering runs to their opponents in the form of wides, tonight the 'Loc conceded just the 4.  Compare-and-contrast with the Feegie bowlers who, Poloc-esque, conceded 20 runs in wides and no balls as they ended up on the wrong side of the result.  119 had been posted by the Paisley side batting first, with LJ taking 2 for 16 in his four overs, and Yasar conceding the same number of runs in his four overs too.


The 'Loc's reply was - like Saturday's run-chase against Greenock - built on Ofie's 39* (40).  He had decent support from Pasty as the two put on 47 for the third wicket.  Then LJ (a run-a-ball 12) lent a hand as the finishing line drew closer.  However it would be Zakir who was in the middle with Ofie when the winning runs were scored, Zakir clipping Henry for a boundary 4 on the second ball of the final over to secure the four-wicket win. 


Clydesdale, winners over Prestwick in the other semi-final, will be the 'Loc's opponents in the final, to be played on the 11th of July. 


Bubble burst [posted 26/06/19]

The 'Loc's recent good run of results came crashing to a halt this evening as they were thumped at "Bothwell Castle Policies" by Uddingston in the McCulloch Cup quarter-finals.  In the field first after another lost toss, the side them committed a sort of collective harakiri dropping four catches and gifting their hosts 20 runs in wides and no balls.  Astonishing.  Credit to Uddy too though, as they took advantage of the 'Loc's shambolic bowling and catching.  The "old guard" of Hafeez (37), Bradley (42) and Lyons (56*) all plundered runs at their leisure en route to their side posting 177 for 5.  Only maybe Raza (4-0-27-0) can hold his head up amongst the bowlers used, with everyone else going at "sevens".  178 to win.


With Seebz, Mo and Kess all away, the batting line-up was less experienced and any chance of the win was correspondingly reduced.  And when the top four all got in to double figures, but none got to 20, the chances had all but evaporated.  87 for 7 in twenty overs was all that could be mustered and, perhaps fittingly, the woeful bowling of the first innings had been adequately matched by the batters.  Uddingston's Gul returned the ridiculous T20 figures of 4-1-9-3, but in truth none of the home bowlers took any real tap aside Sabri whose only over went for 10.  So a thumping defeat and a match to be consigned to the folder labelled "Shambles".  And with Ferguslie visiting "Shawholm" tomorrow the side have less than 24 hours to make the necessary improvements.  Here's hoping. 


Three-in-a-row [posted 22/06/19]

The 'Loc somehow managed to make it three wins on the trot in the league with a home win over Greenock today.  We say "somehow", because at 41 for 5 looking for 179 for the win, 25 points for the 'Loc seemed a forlorn hope.  Instead as Kess and Ofie found themselves together after the top order had all departed, it was more a case of working out what was needed to get 1 losing point!  However a 130-run partnership later and it was the visitors from Inverclyde that looked shell-shocked as Kess (77) and Ofie (46) had "somehow" dragged their side to the brink of a famous run-chase.  But there would be no cruise across the finishing line as both batting stars departed short of the winning post resulting in the sort of jitters that only cricket seems to produce.  171 for 5, needing 8 to win, was suddenly 175 for 8 with new batters looking not so much like rabbits in headlights but insects staring at the sun!  However a snatched pull through mid-wicket from Yasar would finally bring the brewing panic to an end and the two-wicket win was secured.  Phew. 


But what about the first part of the game?  This had seen Greenock post 178 all out, a total built almost entirely on Professional Bandaker's 69.  Oh, and 36 in wides!  What's that about?!?  There were "3-fors" for both LJ and Crazy Horse but, in truth, the 'Loc's bowling effort was almost entirely coloured by the lack of control that led to the leaking of those wides.  Comfortably the second-top scorer in the innings.  Boo. 


But in the end - this time! - it wouldn't cost the side the win, and a third league win was banked.  Next week - matchday ten - it's the first of the reverse fixtures with West of Scotland visiting the southside. 


Abandoned [posted 19/06/19]

After the win in the McCulloch Cup on Tuesday night at "Titwood", the 'Loc were back in action in the same competition 24 hours later, this time hosting West of Scotland at "Shawholm".  However it would be the weather that would have the final say in this one, the umpires calling the match off just after the start of the West innings to see the game recorded as a "no result". 


Winning run continues [posted 18/06/19]

The 'Loc's recent improved results continued this evening with a win in the second-from-last group stage match in the McCulloch Cup.  Against near-neighbours Clydesdale, the sojourn to Crossmyloof resulted in a 39-run win that was built on Mo's 68 (63) in the first innings.  Putting on 177 for the first wicket with Saif (39), he would bat nearly all the way through the twenty overs to see the 'Loc to 157 for 5 at the close.  The Dark Side's reply saw them lose an early wicket - Barbour being dismissed with the score on 9 - before Awan (27) and Guy (37) built a good second-wicket partnershop of 67 to keep their side just about in the hunt.  However when Awan was bowled by Seebz one end was open and Guy would find himself batting with a revolving door of partners, before he, too, departed courtesy of a catch at long-on by Pasty off Seebz's bowling.  From this point on the 'Dale innings kind of petered out and would close on 118 for 8 to see the 'Loc take the win points.


Impressive run-chase secures win [posted 15/06/19]

The 'Loc were in East Kilbride today, taking on their eponymous hosts as "Torrance House".  Like the 'Loc East Kilbride have suffered at the hands of the weather gods this season, today's match being only their third (!) of the season.  At the toss, Pasty guessed wrong, and the 'Loc were bowling.  Yasar and Kess had the new ball, Hussain and Kampman were the home side's openers.  In a relatively tight opening spell - save the blight that is wide bowling! - the 'Loc new ball bowlers restricted the home side's scoring rate, and - as importantly - took early wickets.  11 for 2 was the score after Yasar had made the double-breakthrough.  Meikle and home side skipper Sheikh then started the rebuilding process, and had added 28 runs before they were separated, Sheikh being adjudged LBW for 11 to Gary.  Meikle was then joined by fellow former internationalist Iqbal, and the 'Loc recognised this as another key partnership to break.  And that break very nearly came immediately, Iqbal hitting his first ball straight to short cover where, unfortunately, Rambo wouldn't hold on to the catching chance.  However the pair would be separated without any more runs being added, Pasty combining with Saif to execute a neat run out to separate the pair, and see a fourth wicket taken. 39 for 2 was now 39 for 4, and the 'Loc were on top.  However Iqbal and new partner Izaz weren't for giving up, and they steadily built their partnership, adding 84 for the fifth wicket as Pasty rotated his bowlers looking for the breakthrough.  And that came when Iqbal flashed at a Yasar delivery, and departed for a well-made 49.  Izaz (37*) would then bat with the rest of the EK order, and see his side eventually post 145.  Yasar ended up with a "4-for", and Habib, in his second spell, cleaned up the tail to finish with 3 for 15.  LJ (10-3-22-1) and Gary (10-1-30-1) had also bowled well, and been the main causes of the home side's run-rate being as tightly restricted as it had been.


So 146 to win.  Key, as always, is not losing cheap wickets, and not letting EK get a sniff of the win.  And Mo and Rambo, opening for the 'Loc, delivered exactly what was needed.  Starting understandably cautiously, and in the face of good opening spells from Kampman and Khan, they put on 28 without loss in the first ten overs.  By over twenty they'd taken their partnership past 50, and the total was now 77 for 0.  A great start.  By mid-innings drinks they'd pushed this score on to 98, and the pendulum was very much now swung in the 'Loc's favour.  However they wouldn't quite bat through as a pair, Mo holing out at long-on - for 63 (97) - to give Rajmohan a wicket.  Rambo would, however, bat through to the finish line, and finished unbeaten on 57 (103), with Pasty (7*) for company.  146 for 1 and a nine-wicket win. 


Well batted to both Mo and Rambo, and commendations to the 'Loc's bowlers who - aside the curse of wides (18 this time) - bowled well to see EK bowled out for 145. 


Rowan Cup semi-final berth booked [posted 13/06/19]

24 hours on from their McCulloch Cup win at the same round, the 'Loc were back at "Albert Park" for another cup tie against south-side rivals Weirs.  But it was a very different home line-up that the side were up against, with a near full-strength Weirs side selected.  For the 'Loc, skipper Pasty was available again, but - being the Rowan Cup - Seebz was unavailable.  At the toss, given poor light, the umpires determined the match would be reduced to eighteen overs-a-side, and after the toss it was the 'Loc who were batting.  Mo was also back in the side, recovered from the injury that had kept him out last night, and he opened the batting with Saif.  They'd put on 33 for the first wicket, Mo the batter dismissed.  And 33 for 1 became 43 for 3, and then 53 fot 4, as Saif (25), Rambo (2) and Ofie (9) all departed.  Pasty and Kess, batting at six, stabilised things though, adding 44 in good time, and pushing the total up towards something that, firstly, would be defendable, and, then, possibly challenging.  Though there'd be a flurry of wickets as late over runs were scurried for, 113 was eventually posted, setting Weirs a target of just over a-run-a-ball. 


Key to defending their score would be one or both of tight bowling and early wickets.  The 'Loc bowlers delivered both.  Habib, with the new ball, grabbed a couple of early scalps, and he and Kess restricted runs.  16 for 2, then 23 for 3.  Kamran (19) and Zulfiqar (12) briefly then threatened to bring their side back in to the game, however when they were separated, wickets continued to fall.  65 all out was the final damage and the 'Loc had progressed to the semi-finals.  Ofie was the top wicket-taker with a "3-for", his leggies bamboozling more than one of the home batters. 


McCulloch Cup win [posted 12/06/109]

"Albert Park" was the venue for tonight's latest McCulloch Cup group stage match, Weirs the 'Loc's hosts.  With the two sides meeting again tomorrow night, the home side fielded a near-2nd XI, with only a couple of first team regulars in the eleven.  The 'Loc were without Pasty who was down south with work, and so Saif was in charge.  Batting first the skipper took responsibility, opening the batting with Ziggy.  And the two gave the side a good start, putting on 49 for the first wicket, Ziggy departing for 20 (29).  Saif though would continue on, reaching 50 and going on.  Seebz (42 from just 25) was his partner for the second wicket, the two adding 67 before Seebz became the second batter bowled.  Rambo (23 from 17), batting at four, would also score freely, and, though he would be dismissed just before the end of the innings, his partnership with Saif had added another 63 in double-quick time.  Saif would carry his bat for 77 (46), a knock that saw him score six of the eight maximums plundered in the 'Loc's innings.  182 for 3 was the side's final score, and represented a challenging target for Weirs.  


Weirs' reply got off to the worst possible start too, 18 for 4 seeing the top order collapse.  The Enforcer was the man in the wickets, getting both openers out caught.  Habib, like Rob', bowling in the cup for the first time this season, would also get in to the act, taking a brace of wickets himself, including home skipper Shahid's.  And Weirs' poor start was never really recovered from as they were bundled out for just 64 to leave the 'Loc convincing winners. 


So a second win in the cup's group stages, but tomorrow's Rowan Cup quarter-final will be an altogether different proposition, professionals not being allowed to play and Weirs' first team regulars all playing. 


Scottish Cup exit [posted 09/06/19]

Arbroath United were the 'Loc's hosts today in the Scottish Cup, the Angus club taking on the club for the first time the semi-final stage of the same competition - also at "Lochlands" - in 2014.  Batting first on a breeezy and bright day, the home side struggled to accumulate early on, helped by the caution of openers Peal and Sinclair, and some tighter blowing from the 'Loc.  43 for 3 would then reflect that this grip the 'Loc had managed to get on proceedings had seen wickets fall.  Peal (5), Laing (6) and Professional Lubbe (10) were all gone.  However the dangerous Petrie was now in, and he'd start scoring freely.  In fact his positivity was only blunted when he pulled up with a hamstring injury, resulting in the always-entertaining introduction of a runner.  He would eventually go on to top-score with 39, however, in truth, this was a much lower score than he looked like reaching before being injured.  Around him others continued to struggle too. Sinclair would eventually be dismissed for 35, however this had seen him face 96 deliveries.  The Arbroath tail, meanwhile, did a decent Poloc impersonation, and with none of the last five getting to 12, and four doing no better than 8.  157 all out.  Definitely the 'Loc in with a shout. 


39 for 4 though suggested that the "shout" the 'Loc were in for was likely a cry for help!  Mo (7), Rambo (10), Pasty (10) and Saif (0) all out.  Seebz was the man with the job now: could others stay with him, and could that tail wag?  Seebz did what he could, reaching his half century with a flurry of boundaries.  He was riding his luck though, and had been dropped on the square-leg boundary before reaching 50.  But that luck wouldn't hold out, and when he chipped a catch to Lubbe at mid-off, his Professional counterpart held on and the run-chase suddenly became a tad trickier.  Like Saif, the rest of the middle order struggled to get going, with Ofie, Ziggy, LJ and Yasar making 14 between them, and - as importantly - only occupying the crease for 50 balls all-in.  There was some late bunting from Kess that saw him finish unbeaten on 21 (26) but when Gary was run out in the 36th over the side had been bundled out for 129 resulting in a home win by 27 runs. 


So a chance to progress gone, with many of the same symptoms resulting in the same outcome: gifting more extras than opponents (this time 14 wides being bowled for example); losing early wickets; and the lower order struggling to both occupy the crease and - even if slowly and steadily - accummulate valuable runs.  Like the defeat to Stirling County eight days ago when opener Davidson carried his bat for 60* (92) and anchored his side to a defendable total, today's 96-ball 35 from Arbroath opener Sinclair - in the final analysis - was crucial.  Never underestimate the value of ground-out runs!


DLS-assisted win [posted 08/06/19]

The 'Loc were beneficiaries of DLS assistance today as yet another rain-affected match took place at "Shawholm".  A delayed start after heavy overnight rain saw 1pm as the first ball, and the match straight-away reduced to 46 overs-a-side.  The 'Loc were batting first after Drumps' skipper Shaw called incorrectly.  The score had then progressed to 92 for 2 after 23 overs when a heavy cloud burst saw the players sent packing from the ground and an early tea taken.  The result, after mopping up had been completed, was a two-and-a-half hour rain delay, a length of time that saw the match further reduced to 30 overs each.  The 'Loc being just two down at the rain-break also meant they'd likely be net beneficiaries of a runs boost under DLS once it came to determining the target for Drumpellier.  And so it turned out. 39 runs would eventually be added to the final score.  But that final score - 167 for 2 - was also one that owed much to the work of Seebz (96*) and Pasty (51*) in the seven overs they had to bat once play eventually did resume.  They added no fewer than 75 runs in that seven-over period, Seebz narrowling missing out on his hundred.  167 for 2 then, which became 207 to win for Drumps.


And the visitors very nearly carried out a really impressive run-chase.  Openers Allison (48) and Keltie (17) put on 40 in no time for the first wicket, and then the Coatbridge side's Sri Lankan Professional Maneeshan continued on with the onslaught.  The 'Loc bowlers just couldn't tie their opponents down, and Drumps were rattling along at 7s.  McLaren - batting at four - would join Maneeshan after Allison's departure 2 runs short of his half-century, but he'd struggle to score as quickly as his teammates had.  Maneeshan was then dismissed, holing out to Seebz  off LJ's bowling to bring further relief to home supporters.  More batters then came-and-went fairly quickly as Drumps tried in vain to keep up with a now sharply-rising required run-rate.  And in the end it would prove beyond them, despite a game attempt.  176 for 7 in 30 overs on a rain-affect pitch is a pretty good effort, but it turned out to be 30 runs shy of that DLS-boosted target.  The result: a 29-run win for the 'Loc, with Ziggy's 3 for 30 being the stand-out bowling figures on a day otherwise to largely forget for the bowlers, particularly as regards economy rates!


Rain and Stirling the winners [posted 01/06/19]

On another dreich day the 'Loc hungf around at "New Williamfield" for what seemed like days before, once play got started, succumbing to hosts Stirling County in a reduced-overs match.  In the field first the cancer that is the gifting of extras was again in evidence, this time a whopping 31 runs from all extras sources seeing the Doggies eventually post 164 for 8 in 34 overs.  Having had Stirling County 53 for 4 early on too, the 'Loc really must've thought that this wasn't going to be their day.  Gary took 3 for 23 in his seven overs, and is excused any blame on the bowling front, with Kess (7-0-50-2) and Yasar (6-0-35-2) getting a brace each, but being comparatively expensive.  For the home side young opener Davidson (60*) showed the 'Loc youngsters how to occupy the crease and accumulate meaningful runs, his 92-ball stay seeing him finish unbeaten and anchor his side's total.  164 for 8 then, meaning the 'Loc needed 165 to win.


After losing an early wicket, the 'Loc reply slowly built momentum with Pasty (30) and Rambo (31) adding 59 for the second wicket.  However both would go in the 30s, and when Seebz (7) was well caught by Shakoor off Hewage's bowling the run-chase had started to stumble.  82 for 4 now.  Saif (29) and Ofie (18) threatened, for a while, to get the run-chase back on track, however both - like others who'd gone before them - "got out after getting in", and it was left to see if the tail would wag.  Unfortunately wag it didn't and the 147 all out was the end result.  A loss by 17 runs, and with the differential in eaxtras given and received (excluding leg byes) being a 18, the importance of that lack of discipline with ball in hand was plain to see.  Next up for the 'Loc is Wednesday's McCulloch Cup group stage match against Clydesdale. 


Another Partick thriller [posted 23/05/19]

The last few seasons have seen one thriller after another down Peel Street, with matches between the 'Loc and West featuring fireworks and ridiculous finishes galore.  And tonight's latest northside versus southside clash was no different.  Chasing 137 to win, in this Rowan Cup first rounder, the 'Loc snuck home off the penultimate delivery, Pasty reaching his half century as well as seeing his side across the oline with a 4 crashed through extra cover. Needing 25 from the last two overs, a southside win had seemed the less likely of the two possible outcomeas [Ed: a tie not being possible in the competition].  However when 18 was struck off over nineteen, as Pasty tried to time his acceleration, the equation going in to the final over was, all-of-a-sudden, "7 from six".  But then in another twist, Buggsy was trapped LBW and with two balls to go it was 4 to win.  Cue the extra cover boundary.  Aside Pasty's knock (53* from 44) there was also a really important near-run-a-ball 34 at the top of the order from Mo whose quick feet and hands saw him get on top of the West opening bowlers. 


The target of 137 was actually much lower than it had at one point looked like being.  Young and Miller the West openers had both hit 43 at better than a-run-a-ball to give their side a great base.  However a really "big one" then kind of evaporated as the 'Loc bowling improved and catches were held to see wickets taken.  And when the final five overs saw just one 4 scored, of the final delivery, it might actually have been the 'Loc that felt the chirpier at half-time.  136 for 4 had been posted, setting what would be that thriller of a run-chase. 


The win sees the side in to the quarter-finals where they'll face Weirs at Albert Park after the Newlands club's win over Ayr. 


McCulloch Cup win [posted 22/05/19]

The 'Loc got off the mark in this season's McCulloch Cup with a win over Weirs on matchday two.  Batting first after winning the toss, the top order all chipped in with scores.  Seebz was the top scorer, departing just after reaching his half century, holing out on the boundary.  Seebz had come in after Saif (27) had been first out, his opening partnership with Mo putting on 62.  There'd be another 62-run partnership tonight though, Seebz and Pasty (31*) puuting on the same total for the third wicket, Pasty coming in at four after Mo's (33) departure.  The innings was also beautifully rhythmical: 34 runs coming in the first five overs, another 34 in the second five, and.....34 in overs eleven to fifteen.  This provided the side with the base to accelerate in the final quarter of their innings: 57 runs coming off the final 30 deliveries.  159 for 4 was the final score, Weirs' target: 160. 


To chase 8-an-over usually needs a good start, and so when Weirs slipped to 15 for 4 inside the first five overs the visitors from Newlands were behind the black ball.  Kess had picked up a "3-for" in his opening spell; Ziggy had the other.  Kess's spell would eventually see him return figures of 4-0-16-3, an off spell in some senses with 5 of the runs conceded being wides.  And wides would again more generally blight the side's bowling figures, with all six bowlers bowling at least one.  In all 14 runs would be conceded in wides, an area where improvement can be made.  But back to the Weirs' reply.  Aside Kamran (44), batting at four, only Shah (13) got in to double figures, and no other visiting batter would beat extras.  When Kamran was stumped by Ahmad in the sixteenth over, the final wicket to fall, Weirs had been bowled out for 90 to leave the 'Loc 69-run winners.  In addition to Kess's "3-for", Seebz and Yasar had two wickets each and Ziggy one.  The other two saw Seebz execute a neat run out, and Raza dismissed for obstructing the field, running down the centre of the pitch and getting in the way of Ahmad taking a straight-forward catch. 


The 'Loc lose in El Collapsico [posted 15/05/19]

The batting from both sides this evening was verging on the ridiculous, as - first - Clydesdale mustered just 114 for 9 having first use of the pitch in the McCulloch Cup group stage match before - then - the 'Loc batters decided they'd follow suit, being skittled out for just 88 in reply,.....with six-plus overs unused.  First things first: the 'Dale innings saw five batters get to double figures, but none to 20.  Pirzada was arguably the most effective, his 19 coming from just four scoring deliveries, and six in all.  Next highest-scorer Sturgess (18), by contrast, took 32 balls to get to his total.  Sure the pitch wasn't a flat-track bully's paradise, but neither are the UN sending a team to Glasgow to investigate the discovery of IEDs in Pollok Park.  The wickets were shared around by the 'Loc bowlers, with each of the five used claiming at least one scalp.  Seebz's 4-0-14-2, allied to two run outs (one a tad lucky as it saw a return shot ricochet off his hand on to the wicket at the non-striker's end, with the batter out of his crease backing up), saw him the standout performer for the side in that first half.  115 to win then.  Easy-peasy?  Eh, not so fast!


7 for 3 was the 'Loc's start, Mo', Saif and Seebz all out, two blobs between them.  Pasty (28) tried to rebuild, and did so to an extent, first with Ziggy (9), and then with Ahmad (23*), however when he departed, trapped LBW, none of the top five were left to partner Ahmad.  Ahmad did, however, muster something of a rear-guard action, his 23* coming at better than a-run-a-ball.  However he'd eventually run out of partners when Gary was last out - in just the fourteenth over - and the side had collapsed to 88 all out seeing defeat by 26 runs.


43.1 | 3 | 23 | 20 [posted 11/05/19]

So what's that about?  The four numbers?  Well cricket's a numbers game [Ed: it's also a thinking game!] and, ultimately, the numbers can tell a story.  Maybe not the "truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth", but usually a pretty good estimation thereof.  And so it was with today's three-wicket loss at "Titwood".  So what're the numbers?


43.1 :: the number of overs the 'Loc batters used posting 200 all out;

3 :: the number of 'Loc batters who inextricably ran themselves out;

23 :: the number of runs conceded by the 'Loc bowlers in bowling nineteen wides; and

20 :: the score Clydesdale's Richie Berrington was on when he was given a life, before going on to make a match-winning 82.


Using just 86% of the overs allotted to you makes winning most games tricky, particularly on an early May pitch, even one that was perfectly fine.  And so dear reader, like the author, you're left wondering what total the 'Loc might've got to had they faced another 41 deliveries.  220?  230?  Who knows; it's all "what if".  And getting dismissed inside 50 overs certainly wasn't helped as three batters, including Gary who was last out, ran themselves out.  Saif, having made his way to 42 after opening with Ziggy (22), bizarrely started a third run only to be sent back by Seebz, and was run out by Bashir.  Then Zakir, having batted nicely with the club's new Professional, and got in to double figures, was run out by a distance returning for what looked a straight-forward second.  Mention of Seebz a couple of times in the last few sentences prompts comment on his debut in the baggy black.  Batting at four he made a composed 68 (66) before unluckily playing on to a Berrington delivery with the score on 176 for 5.  His departure then saw the kind of mini-collapse that has too often reflected the tail's inability to wag vociferously, 176 for 6 in the 38th over becoming 200 all out less than six overs later.  A disappointing final score, not so much in itself, but rather in how it was posted. 


In the reply, in the final analysis, as seven days previously, the 'Loc would lose by three wickets.  And also as last week, there were moments in the opposition's run-chase when a 'Loc win might've been possible.  The 23 runs conceded in wides was important, however more so were the - effectively - more-than-three additional overs bowled to their hosts.  Almost criminal in hindsight [Ed: which, accepted, is 20:20!].  98 for 5 when Awan (1) was dismissed in the 26th over was the point where the 'Loc likely felt they had a sniff.  However Berrington was still in, and had been given his life when, on 20, he drove uppishly through extra cover where Lewis was posted.  Getting a strong right hand to it, but unable to hold on, the chance evaporated as quickly as it had materialised.  Berrington's eventual 82 (106) was the match-winning innings for his side, the internationalist being the last of the seven dismissals when he was bowled late on by Kess.  However he'd done what was needed, and Cairns (30*) and Krishna (4*) saw their side home with just under three overs [Ed: there're those three overs again!] to spare.  With the ball Gary (10-0-36-1) again showed his ability, remembering much of his spell was bowling to Berrington, whilst Ziggy (3 for 42) and Yasar (2 for 25) also bowled tidily. 


Some positives were to be seen however, notwithstanding what's been said and the result: Saif, notwithstanding the run out, looked in decent nick and Seebz's knock has been mentioned; and with the ball Gary, Ziggy and Yasar performed.  In the field there was also decent effort even if there remains much room for improvement.  And improvement #1 must be running between the wickets - seniors players are welcome at next week's Under 12 practice to learn how this is done! 


And so it's on to next week when Clydesdale visit in the McCulloch Cup on Tuesday, and then league leaders Uddingston visit in the league on matchday four.


The 'Loc lose in a low scoring league opener [04/05/19]

Prestwick were the visitors to Shawholm today as season 2019, for real, got off to its delayed start.  After matchday one succumber to the weather, matchday pitted the club against the 2017 league champions.  And after winning the toss, visiting skipper Fleet invited the 'Loc to bat first.  And when the side had been bundled out for just 68 an over after drinks this looked to be the right decision.  Only Rambo, batting at three, had made anything like a meaningful contribution, his 40 representing just under two-thirds of the side's eventualy tota.  In fact no other batter would get past 6, with extras - at 11 - being the next highest scorer.  The rot had set in early too: 3 for 2 being the scoreboard manifestation of a dreadul start that saw Ziggy and Zakir both dismissed early.  Rambo couldn't keep a partner for very long after Pasty had departed after facing 32 balls for just 2, and five of the last six batters score 1 or less.  Yasar (6) was the not out batter and can therefore maybe be excused the general criticism that could be levelled at the side for a weak display, emphasised by poor application on a wicket that was just slow rather than bad.  68 all out, enough said.


However on a day that, it later transpire, saw only one side score more than 100 in the division, Prestwick in their reply looked like they were trying to emulate their hosts.  0 for 1 was their start as Kess bowled Rafiq first ball, the Ayrshire side then stumbling to 43 for 5 before - despite losing two more wickets - collapsing over the finish line in the 24th over, seven down.  Their 'card looked like the 'Loc's too, with only MacDonald (38) reaching double figures.  For the 'Loc, with the ball, Ziggy caused the most damage with figures of 6.3-1-21-3, Kess (2 for 12) also bowling nicely "up top".  A defeat it would be nevertheless, and so the side will look to matchday three's derby against the Dark Side to see if they can record their first win of the season.


Archived match reports

You can read earlier, and prior season, match reports online in our archive too.



1st XI league and cup fixtures 2019


The 1st XI compete in the Western Union as well as the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup, a Twenty20 knock-out competition, the Scottish Cup and the McCulloch Cup.











Senior practice


Senior coaching and net practice takes place, at Shawholm, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings starting at 6.30pm, structured practice being on Tuesdays, and open net sessions being Mondays and Fridays.  Sessions can, but do not necessarily always, involve net practice, but, even if underfoot conditions are not conducive to having "nets", fielding and catching practice is often undertaken.


The club has a large grass practice square with two mobile net cages as well as all-weather astro-turf net bays.


Indoor net sessions are also organised during the off-season.


Outdoor practice sessions start in April and run throughout the season - new members (of whatever standard) are always welcome.


Directions to Shawholm can be found on the Find us section of the website.