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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) 

 

Prestwick slump [posted 08/07/18]

Prestwick again saw off the challenge of the 'Loc in a league game today, twice getting back in to a game that - at least for decent parts of it - was there to be won by the 'Loc.  Batting first at the HTO, which looked more Arabian pennisular than Ayrshire riviera given the long hot, dry summer of '18, the 'Loc openers progressed without much alarm to 70 before being separated.  Rambo was first out, departing, caught, for 27 after tamely chipping Steber to mid-wicket.  Pasty was then joined by Jurie, however the former would follow Rambo back to the changing rooms with only 2 more runs added, run out for 35 after being called for a single.  72 for 2, and two new batters at the crease.  Pendulum swinging.  The Snyman:Nel partnership also wouldn't last long however as Jurie was bowled by Rodger for 7, leaving the side 80 for 3.  Make that 80 for 4 actually, as Saif came and went quickly, also bowled by Rodger.  Coenie now had the middle order to manage.  He and Scott added 7 for the fifth wicket, Scott caught for 4, and then he put on 8 with Murtaza.  This partnership was ended by one of a number of really good catches in the match, Rafiq holding on to a "hanger" at backward square-leg to see Coenie (14) dismissed.  Kess was the new batter, and he and Murtaza pushed the score on towards three figures, but the 100 wouldn't come up on their watch, Murtaza (20) trapped LBW by Steber 5 runs shy of that milestone.  Kess would, however, continue to bat well, and responsibly, with the rest of the tail, and would finish unbeaten on 23* (44), and having managed the score to 157. 

 

158 wasn't, obviously, the total the 'Loc had been looking at after being 70 for 0, however on a dusty track it wasn't "un-defendable".  And when Prestwick slumped to 37 for 4 it was - for the second time in the game - arguably, advantage Poloc.  And by this stage in the innings, a key moment had already come-and-gone.  After Rafiq was dismissed early, Prestwick number three Macdonald was in early.  Coenie was the bowler, and Pasty was at short-leg.  Defending forward the ball was squirted out to the leg-side where Pasty took the looping catch.  Big appeal and celebrations.  "Not out", the verdict.  End of celebrations.  Question asked, "Why not?".  Answer given, "Because he's hit it.".  'Loc players' celebrations start again as they'd been appealing for the catch, the umpire having - apparently - turned down the LBW appeal.  Decision?  Still not out.  Bemusement.  Re-termination of celebrations.  And Macdonald - to shom no blame attaches at all - then capitalised on his good fortune.  His eventual unbeaten 66 being, comfortably, the highest score of the day saw his side home as - around him - others struggled to both hang around and score.  Loose bowling in the latter part of the Prestwick innings didn't help it should be stressed either, with Crazy Horse struggling for control on his return from injury, and the tight bowling of the early overs not being able to be replicated.  Kess again bowled well in his first spell, taking two early wickets, and Coenie was similarly effective in picking up his brace.  As alluded to earlier there were also good catches to reference: Coenie's diving effort after parrying a drive from Chaudhary was terrific, Jurie's caught and bowled to dismiss Fleet was exceptional, and Pasty's two at short-leg [Ed: sorry, one!  ] and the steepler over his head he held on to dismiss Patterson, were also high quality. 

 

But in the final analysis the 'Loc just didn't do enough, or were consistent enough, in thi match and ended up on the wrong end of a four-wicket defeat which, under this season's points system, sees them get no points at all in a losing effort. 

 

Double completed over West of Scotland [posted 30/06/18]

The 'Loc's run of home matches continued today with the visit of West of Scotland to Shawholm.  And it was the visitors from the north side who would bat first on a gloriously sunny and hot Glasgow day.  However the warmth of the day probably quickly became a chill to the bones of the visitors as they collapsed to 94 all out in just 32 overs.  Losing wickets from relatively early on, West struggled to stem the tide of dismissals and partnerships proved impossible to build.  The 'Loc's bowlers should take some credit obviously too, with Gary the pick, returning figures of 10-3-27-3.  However all the 'Loc bowlers did their jobs, Kess proving miserly in bowling his seven overs for just 6 runs.  In fact it was only a beligerant late 19* (12) from Hulatt that saw West post a total that neared the three figures. 95 to win. 

 

The 'Loc run-chase - as often happens in low-scoring matches - was far from straight-forward however.  Though a six-wicket win would ultimately be recorded, there were some nerves on show as Rambo, Pasty, Jurie and Saif were all dismissed.  However the side crossed the finish line in the 26th over to see the win points secured. 

 

Progress in the McCulloch Cup [posted 27/06/18] 

Prestwick were the visitors in the McCulloch Cup quarter-final this evening, and on another warm and sunny summer's evening it was the 'Loc who progressed to the semi-finals, and an away match at Meikleriggs.  The visitors batted first this evening, but it was the 'Loc who started better, taking the wicket of Prestwick's skipper, Rafiq, without him troubling the scorers.  Rao, Rafi'qs opening partner, and Macdonald then built a good partnership, putting on 68 for the second wicket, their partnership seeing Macdonald as the heavier scorer but Rao play the more creative shots.  They'd be eventually separated when Rao (31) was trapped LBW by Gary.  Fleet (15) then came and went reasonably quickly, before Macdonald opened his shoulders a bit and the run-rate rose.  His new partner Singh also added real momentum, his buntalicious 34* coming from just ten balls and seeing a few big maximums.  155 for 6 the final score, when - until the late overs - 120 looked more likely.

 

The 'Loc run-chase, and a successful one - centred on Jurie's and Pasty's second-wicket partnership, the two adding 112 before being separated after they'd come together early on after Saif nicked off to Stafford.  Both 'Loc batters scored at more than a-run-a-ball, Jurie's 63 coming from 37 deliveries, Pasty's 44 from 37.  After they were both dismissed - and there was a mini-scare with both Rambo and Amaan Ali coming-and-going for ducks, Coenie saw the side home with a cameo 17* (14). 

 

A good win then, and the cup run cointinues.

 

Record-breaking win [posted 25/06/18]

The first thing to say about today's win over Greenock - and, accepted, this might at first seem odd - is that the visitors to Shawholm didn't, actually, bowl that badly.  Why start with this comment?  Answer: the 'Loc, batting first, racked up no fewer than 369 runs,.....for the loss of just two wickets.  And more extraordinarily, the two wickets lost were on ball #1 and ball #295!  In between there was a 258-run partnership between Pasty (128*) and Jurie (209).  But to repeat, Greenock didn't bowl that badly.  Honestly.  The visitors from down the Clyde were also affected by two injuries incurred in the first innings.  Firstly they had to swap 'keeper early on after Hempsey dislocated a digit, and would field thereafter in the outfield.  Then Flack, who'd initially replaced Hempsey behind the stumps, injured his hand after swapping as replacement 'keeper with Prabhu and coming on to bowl.  Did these injuries result in the flood of runs that came off Pasty's and Jurie's bats?  No, but they would certainly have impacted morale. 

 

So to that first innings where it rained runs.  Actually more accurately it rained 6s, and they all - all fifteen of them - came from Jurie.  After scoring just 27 from the first 50 balls he faced, Jurie then went through the proverbial "gears", reaching his 100 from 103 balls (meaning he'd scored 73 from the second 53 balls he faced), before racing to 200, his second 100 [Ed: even writing "second 100" sounds insane!] seeing him use up only 38 deliveries! Pasty meanwhile was compiling what you might call a "normal" hundred - if there is such a thing - his 50 coming from 84 balls, his second 50 from 57.  Whilst Jurie eventually holed out for a fabulous 209, Pasty ended up unbeaten on 128*, the 28 coming from just sixteen deliveries after having reached his ton.  369 for 2, and with Rambo having been bowled first ball and Saif being 0* at the end, this meant that all bar the extras came from just two batters' blades.  It's likely there won't be another partnership, or indeed individual innings, like today's seen again for quite some time.  And what was pleasing was that Saleem Sajjad who had, for more than twenty years, held the club's record for the highest score in a league match - 198 against Stoneywood-Dyce - was in the crowd watching Jurie surpass his mark. 

 

The Greenock reply to the mammoth score posted was, perhaps understandably, subdued.  Prabhu at the top of the order scored a cameo 35 (49), and Indian Professional Bandekar, batting at four, also got in to the 20s.  However with Flack obviously batting in some paid, and Hempsey unable to bat because of his injury, Greenock were always very much outsiders as regards being the eventual winners in the game.  And so it turned out as they were [effectively] bowled out for 92, Gary taking 3 for 8, and Coenie - going one better wicket-wise - returning figures of 4.4-2-6-4.  The 'Loc winners by 277 runs. 

 

A record-breaking day then, and here's the craziest stat' of all maybe: Jurie's 209 from just 146 balls included.....66 dot balls! Bonkers really. 

 

Back-to-back league wins [posted 09/06/18]

This game was a bit like the Uddingston league match, kind of, except the other way round.....and different!  Hope you're still with us?!?  By this we mean that the 'Loc batted first against Uddy, got off to a great start, then collapsed, before having their opponents 53 for 5, but then letting them off the hook to secure the win.  This week it was Ayr visiting, and the outcome would be different.  But here are the similarities: [batting first] Ayr slumped to 38 for 5, and in reply the 'Loc got off to a great start, Rambo and Pasty putting on a 100-run opening partnership.  However the rest of the day would play out differently.  Ayr wouldn't get off the hook as Uddingston had done, and 38 for 5 became 75 for 7 before a good partnership between McElnea (77) and Bhandari (42) saw 190 eventually posted.  And the opening partnership of 100 for the 'Loc would be added to, and would only be ended with the total on 169 and the side just 22 runs shy of their target. 

 

Rambo top-scored with 81, and Pasty finished 76 not out, both having batted well in a new opening partnership, Saify keeping wicket in the match, and dropping down to five in the order.  The first innings that saw Ayr restricted to 190 saw "3-fors" for both Kess and Itty, with Gary's figures of 10-3-24-0 and Jurie's 1 for 27 from ten overs being the standout bowling performances.  There was also a champagne fielding moment [Ed: no, not Kess's triple juggle at fine leg that saw him hang on to a skier to dismiss Ayr's professional!] - Scotty Millen, on his return to cricket after at least two years away, somehow clawing back a McElnea missile from over his head and beyond the long-on boundary to save 5 runs!  Love it! 

 

So a good win, by nine wickets, and - as importantly - a third competitive win on the trot, building confidence. 

 

Weirs defeated in the McCulloch Cup [posted 06/06/18]

The 'Loc completed the double over Weirs in the group stages of this season's McCulloch Cup, winning by just 6 runs in a tightly contested match this evening at Shawholm.  Batting first, the 'Loc lost Jurie (8) early on with Saif (28) and Pasty (41) then putting on a decent second-wicket partnership of 56 to provide the base for the rest of innings.  The rest of the top-, and middle-, orders then scored quickly to keep the scoreboard ticking over and allowed the side to post 132 for 7.  20 runs in extras from the Albert Park side were also gratefully received. 

 

The Weirs' reply saw them also "in the game", with Zia (25), Butt (17), Shahid (28) and Shah (39) - the visitors' top four - all "getting on" but, ultimately, unable to really "kick on".  The 'Loc took ickets at kep points, with Jurie's two late overs costing just 11 runs being critical in Weirs eventually falling 6 runs adrift.  Itty took a "3-for", and Crazy Horse's and Gary's combined 8-0-32-0, bowling first and second changes, were also important. 

 

The win leaves the 'Loc a-top the group table, with one game in this stage of the competition to come.

 

Welcome win [posted 02/06/18]

Often when we report on "catches win matches" we're referring to a 'Loc side having grassed chances that contributed to losses.  Today's thumping win over Stirling County was the opposite.  A huge partnership of 195 between Jurie (148*) and Coenie (84) all-but sealed what would be a 129-run win over the visitors from New Williamfield, however it was a case of "what might have been" as both were dropped twice en route to their big scores.  Jurie's first home ton [Ed: yes, true - his others have all been away from Shawholm] saw him hit sixteen 4s and five 6s, whilst Coenie's 84 featured thirteen boundaries and one maximum.  282 was a big total to post, and - surely - wouldn't be chased down.  That said the last time the 'Loc posted such a first innings score was at New Cambusdoon last year when,......Ayr then chased it!  Caution to be exercised therefore.  Also a factor was the threatened thunderstorms for later in the afternoon, and so with these in mind, Pasty opened with Coenie and Crazy Horse to rattle through the required twenty overs to see, at least, a result under DLS possible. 

 

The Stirling County reply started badly, for them.  Only 65 was on the 'board when the fifth wicket fell, this seeing them well behind on DLS.  However maybe the rain gods were favouring the 'Loc too, as the threatened heavy rain never materialised, and only light, and warm, drizzle watered the policies for a period during the second innings.  The Stirling County reply was held together by McMullen's 51, with support in the middle order from Anderson (23).  However once this partnership was broken the "fight" seemed to evaporate from the visitors' reply and they'd eventually be bowled out for 153.  For the 'Loc with the ball, Gary - on his return to the side - returned figures of 10-0-31-3, whilst Itty took 3 for 20 as he cleaned up the tail.  Mention too, to Coenie, whose opening six overs cost just 9 runs, and were run through at a good pace.

 

So a good win.  And two really good knocks from the club's two overseas players - well batted.  However there's still work for others to do, to step up and play their own match-winning performances.  Next up for the 'Loc in the league are Ayr, at Shawholm, a week today, with Weirs visiting before that on Wednesday in the McCulloch Cup. 

 

Not much to say really [posted 30/05/18]

There isn't a whole lot to say about tonight's defeat to Clydesdale in the McCulloch Cup, a loss that still sees the side sit top of the group table given Weirs' win over West of Scotland.  The reason there's not much to say [Ed: the highlights package of 4s, 6s and wickets, must be the shortest ever!] is that it was a totally low-key, uneventful match.  Neither side sparkled, but it was the Dark Side who came out on top. 

 

Batting first after losing the toss, the 'Loc started slowly,.....at least as regards runs off the bat.  However 'Dale generosity saw a plethora of extras conceded, a trend that would continue throughout the innings eventually seeing 29 gifted.  Aside this top-scoring effort, only Rambo (23) and Coenie (23*) really got going, with the rest kind of meandering, or getting out cheaply.  113 for 7 would be the eventual total, a kind-of-a-nothing-score, sometimes defended, often-times not. 

 

So to the second innings.  At least this had some excitement, mainly it must be said Clydesdale batters scurrying around, diving in to their ground and 'Loc fielders fumbling returns to execute run outs.  Aside this, it never really got that tense.  It promised to for a bit after Clydesdale slumped to 9 for 2 in the fifth over, and then had reached only 50 by the end of over twelve.  However the 'Loc's bowlers couldn't deliver their skills when it was needed.  Itty came in to the attack in over thirteen with the plan he bowl through to the death.  But when his opening over went for 15, including a 4 and a 6, that plan was shelved.  Things were then marginally dragged back again until, returning to the attack after a good first couple of overs, Kess's third over - over eighteen - went for 12.  This meant Clydesdale needed just 13 to win from two overs.  They barely needed the last one when over nineteen then cost 11 runs, and their win was secured on ball one of the final over.  Coenie's spell with the ball was economical (3-0-9-1), and Imy returned figures of 4-1-14-1, which got pass marks.  Aside these two the control and consistency needed to close out this game couldn't be found by the other bowlers used. 

 

So not really much to write home about, or indeedc write about at all.  This game reinforced much of what has been seen already in the early part of the season: the side's bowling  lacks control and consistent delivery, and the fielding energy, anticipation of consistently good execution.  Improving in these areas is the target.  Back to practice. 

 

Second league defeat [posted 19/05/18]

This was a strange one.  At least twice in today's match against Uddingston at Shawholm, the 'Loc looked to have the upper-hand.  But to adopt the adage, it's never over 'til it's over, somehow these advantages were not pressed home and the 'Loc ran out two-wicket losers.  In the first innings the 'Loc, batting first after winning the toss, had progressed to 113 for 2, then 163 for 3, and looked on course for a sizeable total, before a batting collapse of quite epic proportions ensued.  163 for 3 became 181 [Ed: yes, just 18 more runs!] all out.  Wow!  None of batters six through eleven got more than 5, this after the top order had committed the equally cardinal sin of "getting in" only to get out.  All of the top five got to 20, but none got past 37.  Frustrating isn't the word,.....well, actually, maybe it is!  For Uddy, Awais, the part-time leggie had done most damage, somehow collecting a "4-for" as batters got out to his - apparently - fairly innocuous slow bowling.  182 to win for the visitors therefore. 

 

And if the first innings had seen Uddingston let off the hook, the second was a replica, only the other way round, as the visitors from Lanarkshire escaped from 53 for 5 to secure their win.  Their win owed much, actually almost exclusively, to Lyons' 62 (98), with the lack of any run-rate pressure allowing the Uddy middle-order batter to play a measured knock.  He was aided and abetted by Bradley (21) and MacLeod (20), but, in truth, steered his side home nearly single-handedly.  The 'Loc's early breakthroughs had seen Kess take a "3-for", and Coenie bowl a miserly spell of 10-3-21-2.  But the 'Loc just hadn't posted enough runs to seal the win, getting bowled out inside 42 overs being never likely to result in a big enough target being set. 

 

So back-to-back league defeats for the 'Loc, with next up a trip to Meikleriggs to play Ferguslie. 

 

Back to winning ways [posted 17/05/18]

Pleasingly, last weekend's batting horror show proved contagious,.....to Weirs!  The Newlands club were the 'Loc's hosts in the McCulloch Cup this evening, as the midweek cup competition got underway at the second attempt after last week's washout at Titwood.  Batting first, Weirs got off to the worst possible start, Syed holing out to debutant Buggsy at deep mid-wicket off Coenie's bowling.  36 were then added for the second wicket, Butt being trapped LBW by Crazy Horse for 16.  And this would prove to be the catalyst for said horse to grab a "5-for" - his first - as he got rid of Shahid, Syed, Raja and Qamar!  Well bowled you mad equine creature, you!  The home side never really recovered from the clatter of wickets, their other four wickets seeing scalps for Pasty (one) and Jurie (two).  Mention of Pasty's two good grabs too, and his hand in the run out that saw to Amhad and ended the Weirs' innings on 76.  77 to win. 

 

The 'Loc's successful run-chase was basically the Jurie Snyman Show.  Jurie smoked 47 from just eighteen balls as 77 was reached inside nibe overs.  Job done, and some impressive smiting.  Next up for the 'Loc in the McCulloch Cup is West of Scotland in a week's time.

 

Bad end to a bad weekend [posted 13/05/18]

If yesterday's defeat at Toytown saw the 'Loc bat poorly, it was nothing compared to today's Scottish Cup batting effort, in a reduced 38-overs-a-side match that saw East Kilbride progress in the competition at the 'Loc's expense.  After a delayed start that resulted in the loss of overs, the side then capitulated to 26 for three with Saify (3), Rambo (6) and Pasty (5) all out cheaply.  This left Jurie and Coenie with work to do, and briefly they were productive in the rebuilding task at hand.  However after taking the side safely past 50, and getting their partnership to 51 they were parted  and the side were 77 for 4.  In fact their separation would trigger a revolving door of sorts as no batter after them got past 7! Ouch.  Jurie's 45 (46), before being bowled by one that, admittedly, kept low, would prove to be the only score of significance, Coenie's 17 the only other individual score in double figures.  For East Kilbride, in bowling out the 'Loc for just 121 there were "3-fors" for Kampman and Iqbal.  122 to win then. 

 

Ultimately EK would get across the finishing line seven-down, and there was some scrabbling around at the death.  However, in truth, the visitors from South Lanarkshire didn't look much like not getting there after a good start.  Their openers put on a 50 partnership that all-but killed off the 'Loc's chances of "defending the indefensible", 56 being on the 'board before a breakthrough was made.  Thereafter there was a bit of wobbling, and towards the end, as that winning post appeared, the wobble was pronounced.  All the 'Loc bowlers' figures look okay, but in hindsight someone had to "have a blinder" if 121 was to be defended.  Only 9 in wides and no balls, these days, was okay too,....however, and again, not defending 121.  The EK top-three scored 96 of the 122 runs needed between them, the next six batters to reach the middle only mustering 15 between them.  Oh for another 25 or 30 runs even, and to have batted 38 and not 30 overs! 

 

So, out of the cup, and concern that batting frailties need to be addressed, and future collapses avoided!

 

Well beaten [posted 12/05/18]

The first Dark Side clash of a new season took place at Toytown today, the 'Loc coming off second best in a match that - only briefly - they looked like being really competitive in.  And that was near the start after - having won the toss and inserted their opponents - the 'Loc had taken two quick wickets to leave Clydesdale 16 for 2.  However - and unfortunately - the third wicket wouldn't fall for another 163 runs, and more than 33 overs as Guy and Berrington built what would prove to be a match-winning partnership.  However it could maybe - just maybe - have been different had Guy been caught when on just 29, the chance being dropped at deep mid-wicket by Rambo.  A life given,.....and gratefully received.  When the third wicket eventually fell - Berrington's - the base had been set for the home side to launch a late inning's assault on the 'Loc's bowling.  Not assisted by some sloppy fielding and wayward bowling, it's, therefore, perhaps almost remarkable that only 251 was eventually posted.  Seven wickets would eventually be taken, but, likely, some of these came as a result of the aggressive intent of the incoming Clydesdale batters in the knowledge plenty of wickets remaining in hand.  Guy (90), Berington (80) and Scobie (30) had accumulated the most runs, however it was a decent collective effort to post the score that would eventually be made.  252 to win. 

 

And when chasing 250+ it's usually not smart to lose quick wickets.  Unfortunately this is what happened: Saif (2) and Amaan (3) both departed early, and before you could say "This is looking trickier", the side was three down, Pasty having joined the two openers on the sidelines.  Jurie (47) and Coenie (67) then rebuilt, and for a while starting accumulating a partnership that was beginning to look a bit like Guy's and Berrington's.  However it would end when - and borrowing the old adage of "catches win matches" - Jurie was caught at deep backward square-leg by Farid [Ed: ironically almost on the exact spot where Guy had been dropped].  After Jurie's departure, Coenie struggled to retain partners, batters coming and going with fairly regular frequency.  Only Kess (10) would get in to double figures of the lower order batters, and the side was eventually all out for 187.  Coenie's 67 was comfortably top score, his dismissal resulting from a smart catch, standing up, by Guy off Bashir's bowling. 

 

So derby defeat, and by a margin of 64 runs.  Not horrible with 3 of a maximum possible 5 bonus points being picked up, however worrying signs of a fragility in the batting line-up and the seam bowlers struggling for consistency of line and length.  Stuff to work on therefore.

 

Poloc squeeze past East Kilbride in the Rowan Cup [posted 10/05/18]

The 'Loc secured a second round berth in this season's Rowan Cup tonight, squeezing past visitors East Kilbride with just five balls to spare, and winning by four wickets.  Their target was just 96, in a match that saw the first game played at Shawholm this season.  Bowling first, the 'Loc restricting EK to 95 for 6 owed much to the economy of the slow bowlers.  Hasseeb's three overs cost just 8 runs, Pasty's four went for 13 and Murtaza's two resulted in just 7 runs being scored.  Coenie two 2 for 18, with the other wickets being shared around, bar Murtaza.  For the visitors, Mughal (24), Hussain (28) and Khan (19) all got starts, but none could put in what might've been a match-winning display.  So 96 was the target. 

 

The 'Loc's run-chase started with Saif and Amaan, and both gave themselves chances of making scores, however their departures quickly one-after-the-other for 23 and 15 respectively left Pasty with work to do, first with Coenie for company.  However the introduction of Iqbal in to the attack would nearly see a win ripped away from the 'Loc.  Starting with Coenie (2), Iqbal proceeded to tear the heart out of the 'Loc's middle order, taking four quick wickets: Akshay (0), Hassan (0) and Murtaza (1) joining Coenie on Iqbal's victims list.   Suddenly Pasty was batting with the tail.  Luckily however he found someone to stay with him, CJ (5*) remaining calm in the circumstances to bat with the skipper, who finished unbeaten on 40 (40) to secure the win.  So a wobble for sure, but progression nonetheless.  Next up is West of Scotland, at Hamilton Crescent, in the second round. 

 

Maybe the craziest finish you'll ever see [posted 28/04/18]

In many seasons, you've to wait a while until a thriller comes along.  But not so this season, as matchday one saw a truly bonkers matches take place at Hamilton Crescent, the venue for the Loc's league season-opener against West of Scotland.  Losing the toss, Pasty was invited to bowl first, and after a steady start from the home sides' openers, West had progressed serenely to 62 without loss.  Fennah was the more aggressive batter, with Watson playing the anchor role.  However, this said, the early season conditions meant that boundaries were going to be few and far behind, and so 62 for 0 was likely, in fact, a bit better than that.  But it was with the score on 62 that the 'Loc made the breakthrough, Fennah being dismissed for 34, courtesy of CJ's glovework behind the sticks.  62 for 1 then became 71 for 3, as three quick wickets fell, CJ having a part in all three.  Another stumping saw to Watson (13), before Young (2) nicked off to Coenie, CJ taking a good catch standing up. 

 

A period of consolidation then took place as slow bowlers wheeled away at both ends over the middle overs.  Runs were accumulated, but wickets also fell.  And though five West batters would get in to double figures, only Fearn (47) made a really meaningful contribution.  And so, after the last of the legitimate 300 deliveries was bowled, 199 for 8 was what the scoreboard was showing.  200 to win.  The 'Loc would likely be frustrated with their efforts with the ball that, though they'd restricted their hosts to under 200, had seen them gift 24 runs in wides and no balls.  Pasty (3 for 41) and Jurie (3 for 30) were the main wicket-takers, with Coenie's figures of 10-3-16-1 also being worthy of highlighting. 

 

To the reply.  Well, the less said about the start the better.  30 for 4.  End of.  And so to the middle order's efforts.  And these would be all about Coenie, on league debut, and others batting round him,.....until the crazy finish.  Coenie played brilliantly well in scoring 105 (109), batting with almost the entire middle and lower order, and blasting seven 6s en route to his maiden 100,.....in any cricket!  And what a time to deliver.  He scored pretty much all round the ground, hitting the ball cleanly to most parts.  In fact the game had swung so much in the 'Loc's favour that, with two overs to go, it was actually they who were in the "box seat".  Less than a run-a-ball needed, and Coenie on strike.  West's opening bowler Smith had the ball, and Coenie was on strike.  Now the fun started.  Incredibly after hitting the ball so cleanly 'til that point Coenie then, metaphorically, "couldn't land a glove" [Ed: far less a bat!] on any of Smith's deliveries in this penultimate over.  And then, finally, did hit one,.....and played on.  The pendulum had now very definitely swung back in West's favour.  It was now the 'Loc's last two batters in: Crazy Horse and Immy.  Imran was on strike, Hasseeb the observer! Leg-spinner Hulatt would bowl the final over, up the hill with a truly vast leg-side boundary that was being patrolled by three boundary riders.  13 needed from twelve deliveries.  Odds-on a home win.  Eh, no.  Ball one was despatched over mid-wicket for 6.  Okay, 7 from five now.  Ball two was hacked into an open space at mid-on, and Hasseeb and Immy scampered a couple.  Now it was 5 needed from three balls.  Time for hit-and-run?  Nope.  Ball three was simply despatched again; another maximum, and another up-and-over mid-wicket's head!  Astonishing.  The 'Loc win, and with three balls to spare.  West shell-shocked, and understandably so.  These kinds of finishes happen once in a blue moon, and - likely - the most exciting match of season 2018 has already now been-and-gone!

 

Credit to Imran for his final over heroics therefore, but really the MoTM award goes to Coenie for his first innings economic bowling, and that hundred.  Well played.  And, as they say, "a win's a win"!

 

  

Archived match reports

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

 


 

1st XI league and cup fixtures 2018

 

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.

 

SNCL_fixtures

 

Scottish_Cup_fixtures

 

Rowan_Cup

 

West_League_Cup_fixtures

  


 

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.