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The 'Loc come up short in the McCulloch Cup final [posted 09/08/17]

Less than 24 hours after winning their semi-final, the 'Loc were at Bothwell Castle policies tonight, taking on Ayr in the McCulloch Cup final.  In the field first after winning the toss, the side clawed their way back in to the match after a fast start by Ayr's openers Smith and Papps.  The New Cambusdoon side raced to 49 for 0 in the first seven overs before Taimoor made the breakthrough, claiming the wicket of Papps, who nicked off to Abid.  Smith then fell shortly thereafter, LJ getting him to hole out to Ihty at long-on.  50 for 1 was then 68 for 5 in a blink.  Suddenly the brakes were on, and Ayr's middle order batters - mainly Khan and Miller - had to revert to "hit & scurry".  This they did well and the score ticked over in the third quarter of the innings.  Miller was sixth out in the seventeenth over with the score on 102, and the 'Loc managed to strangle their opponents in the closing stages, to the extent that only 11 runs were scored in the final three overs.  118 for 7 was the final damage.  119 to win. For the 'Loc LJ returned 3 for 26, with Ihty and Timmy taking a brace of wickets each. 


The 'Loc's reply then started well, Owais and Jurie scoring well, and seeming to be in little trouble.  Eight overs in and the pair had taken the score to 50 for 0.  69 needed.  Twelve overs left.  All ten wickets in hand.  Advantage Poloc.  But then the wheels started to come off unfortunately.  Owais (21) departed first, pulling an Andi McElnea "pie" to mid-on where Crawshaw took a good catch above his head.  Taimoor (5) then came and went quickly to give McElnea a second scalp, before, arguably, the pendulum really did swing towards Ayrshire with Jurie (40) getting cleaned up by another McElnea delivery, the Ayr skipper's second-last delivery of his four-over allocation. Grrr.  Now it was 75 for 3.  Actually it make that 75 for 4 as Abdul poor trot with the bat continued when he was unluckily run out at the non-striker's end after Asad hit one straight back to Papps who nipped off the bails with Abdul stranded backing-up.  Asad would then become the fifth batter dismissed when, somewhat inexplicably, after having caressed a boundary four up-and-over extra cover, he tried "Dilscooping" the very next off-break delivery from Papps, only managing to gently flick the ball straight to the waiting Leck fielding at "45" on the leg-side!


Asad's departure then saw a revolving door open in the middle as the tail - facing an increasing required run-rate - couldn't wag.  Save for a montrous maximum from LJ that left the policies, in truth the 'Loc just ran out of batters, as quickly as they ran out of daylight.  103 all out, and defeat by 15 runs. 


A disappointing outcome, in a game that was there to be won, as late as half way through the second innings, at which point they were likely favourites, needing less than a run-a-ball with all their wickets in hand.  But it wasn't to be, and congratulations to Ayr who, in the end, simply did better at the right times in the game. 


A shocker [posted 29/07/17]

There are bad days at the office, there are very bad days at the office, and then there are days when you stub your toe getting out of bed, don't have time for breakfast, cut yourself shaving, bump the car when parking, and then get fired!  Today at the HTO was that kind of work day!  Nothing really went right, and it was windy and raining for much of the time.  To the detail, assuming your scribe can bring himself to describe it:


Losing the toss the 'Loc were in the field first, and likely the tone for the first innings was set early on.  A Louis delivery was edged by Rafiq but grassed at slip.  Rafiq would go on to bunt his way to a 39-ball 41 in an opening partnership with Jawad (63) of 77 (67 balls).  Yup, the home side had raced out of the traps. 


Helped by a very short boundary towards the all-weather net bays, the Prestwick openers were also served up half-trackers from the tennis centre end (pulled for 4s), but - frustratingly and bizarrely - off-side half-volleys from the other end (driven for 4s).  No fewer than twelve boundaries were scored in the first ten overs as Hamza tried four bowlers in the search for some control.  However it never arrived, and though wickets would eventually be taken as the home side batters' played expansively, no less than 104 of the eventual total of 245 would be scored in 4s, with "4-ball'itis" being a complaint seemingly suffered by nearly all the 'Loc bowlers.  To add insult to injury [Ed: literally!] Louis would also be forced off the field after going over his ankle in a slide for a ball.  However Youngy wouldn't see his third sub' fielder appearance of the season [Ed: and second against Prestwick!] as the side decided to continue with just the ten bodies left.  The bowling figures once the last Prestwick wicket fell - they were 245 all out in the 48th over - didn't make pretty reading either, with only Hamza going at under 4.5 runs-an-over.  That said, Humza did take a "4-for" as he cleaned up the tail, however, like the others, he was expensive.  246 to win. 


Then of course it rained.  A lot.  But not before the 'Loc's batting had shown itself to be as fragile as the bowling.  43 for 5 was the midpoint, with all the top order, aside Jurie, failing.  Mind you, when we say "midpoint" that's actually not accurate as this would imply the eventual score was 86.  It wasn't.  It was less.  When Faizan holed out for the fourth duck of the innings, Jurie was left stranded on 42 not out and the side had mustered just 80.  80 all out.  Shocker.  And it had rained.  A lot.  


So a very, very, bad day at the office.  Only really Jurie (42*, and 2 for 43), and Hamza (2 for 35) can likely say they performed anywhere near the standards they'd set for themselves.  Humza's "4-for" maybe gets him pass-marks, and meant that at least 5 losing bowling points were gained.  However the rest had days to forget, and Louis one he'll take some time to recover from, his injury being assessed as being a chipped bone in his ankle.  The Prestwick injury curse claims another victim!


Next up for the side is Wednesday's McCulloch Cup semi-final against Greenock and it's hoped that Saturday will, thereafter, be seen to be an aberration.  Time will tell.


Western Union Cup progress [posted 23/07/17]

Unbelievably almost - whisper it! - a Greenock versus Poloc match actually beat the weather today!  Yup, a rarity! The match was the Western Union Cup quarter-final, the venue Glenpark.  And with the 'Loc missing a number of their more experienced players (Ihty, Owais, Abdul, Hamza, Akram, Muhammad and Asad) it was a very young side that Jurie led out to take on the Glenpark side. 


Batting first the 'Loc got off to a flier, with Taimoor and Uzzair going really well after Humza's early departure.  The pair added 90 for the second wicket, Uzzi (36) trapped LBW by McDougall.  However Taimoor would carry on and play the determiming knock of the game, eventually departing for a well-made 73, stumped off Flack's bowling.  Around his innings there'd been a couple of cameos from Jurie (11) and Rambo (12), but in truth the final score of 168 all out owed everything to Timmy and Uzzi


The home side's reply started badly for them.  Flack (5) and Briggs (2), the openers, both went cheaply, Humza picking up both scalps.  However Scrimegour (61), at three, very nearly repeated Timmy's feat of the first innings, as he batted with much of the rest of the line-up in pursuit of the 169 to win.  But the 'Loc kept managing to take wickets, and in a tight finish they'd squeak home by just 8 runs, as Greenock's last four batters mustered just 5 runs off their bats between them.  Ending up on the losing side was tough for Scrimegour who'd batted really well, however credit to the young 'Loc side for holding their collective nerve.  Timmy completed a MoTM performance by claiming four Greenock wickets as the side defended 168, with Humza also contributing with his "3-for", and Louis conceding just the 18 runs from his five opening overs. 


Next up, in the semi-final, is Clydesdale, at Titwood.


Double completed over Uddy [posted 08/07/17]

The 'Loc completed a league double of Uddingston today, chasing 207 to beat their Lanarkshire opponents at a sun-kissed Bothwell Castle Policies.  In the field first, the side made a near-instantaneous breakthrough, Louis bowling Allan third ball of the match.  However home pro' Hafeez, and Allan's opening partner Rai, then steadied any home nerves by putting on 77 for the second wicket.  It was Rai who'd be that second wicket, bowled by Hamza in the twentieth over.  Breaking this burgeoning partnership was important, and came shortly after Asad had to leave the field having been unable to run off a knee injury incurred during the pre-match footy warm-up of all things! Youngy therefore made his second sub' fielder appearance of the season. 


Rai's departure brought Singh to the middle, however he (3), and then Bradley (5) in at five, couldn't hang around and Hafeez was soon joined by the experienced Gul.  These two would then bat through to the end of the innings, taking Uddy's score past 200, to finish on 206 for 4.  One of those odd scores, and though Hafeez's contribution was an unbeaten 104, likely the home side might've hoped for an acceleration in the run-rate towards the back end of the innings, with wickets in hand, that didn't materialise.  For the 'Loc Hamza's 3 for 18 from his ten overs was the stand-out performance with the ball, Jurie's 10-2-23-0 also being important as the run-rate was kept in check. 


207 to win then.  And the run-chase got off to a flier as Owais continued his good form from the Dumfries match, and the openers raced to 35 without loss in the first five overs.  Rambo would be the first casualty of the run-chase however, with the total on 35, trapped LBW by Raza.  Taimoor (9), in at three, then came-and-went pretty quickly to see Jurie and Owais together.  26 was added by this combo before the latter departed for a really important 62 (74) to see Jurie and Louis in partnership.  And from the good base that Owais had created, these two were able to see the side home with no further loss of wickets.  Louis (33*) played the anchor role as Jurie, after taking time to get in, scored more heavily towards the end of his, and the second, innings, finishing unbeaten on 82* (118).  The finishing line was reached in the 49th over, ten balls being left unused.  


So a seven-wicket win, and a good one, over a good side. 


Winning continues [posted 28/06/17]

It was back to T20 action this evening with Drumpellier coming to Shawholm in the McCulloch Cup quarter-final.  Batting first the 'Loc struggled to break the shackles of some tight bowling early on.  43 for 2 (with Owais and Jurie both gone) was a far-from strong first half of their innings as the tenth over was completed.  However what a difference few overs would make.  As Saturday's win over Dumfries had been largely dominated by one player - Owais - some the second half of the 'Loc's innings four days later would see the emergence of another match-winner.  This time in the shape of Taimoor.  He'd ground his way through the first part of the innings, in fact all the way until over seventeen you could say.  But then, from nowhere, fireworks!  Over seventeen went for 14, over eighteen for 22 and over nineteen for 16, to completely change the "look & feel" of the 'Loc's innings.  Taimoor smashed five 6s in eight balls, and would eventually finish unbeaten on 89* from just 65 deliveries as 150 for 2 was posted.  Asad was the other not out batter, ending up on 32* (34) to contribute a nice supporting cameo.


The shell-shocked Drumps' players likely still weren't too sure what had just happened when it was time for them to start their run-chase.  After looking like they'd be chasing under 120 for most of the first innings, suddenly their target was more than 150!  And though they'd eventually fall short, they weren't completely out of it as long as Shaw was still in.  He struck 47 (44) opening the batting, and held the visitors' reply together.  But wickets kept falling at the other end, with Ihty, Hamza and Jurie each picking up a brace of scalps.  110 for 8 was the final scoreboard readout when "Time" was called, and the 'Loc had recorded a 40-run win and secured progress to the semi-finals. 


Back-to-back league wins [posted 24/06/17]

Dumfries were the visitors to Shawholm today, and would bat first in the first league encounter between the two clubs for many years.  And pleasingly for the 'Loc an early breakthrough was achieved by the bowlers when Corbett-Byers was bowled by Ihty with the score on just 9.  47 were then added by McBride and Forsyth before the former was second out for 18, in the fourteenth over.  Hamza this time with the wicket, a second clean bowled.  Forsyth's new partner was Bellwood, and these two added another meaningful partnership, 63 being accumulated by them for the third wicket.  119 was the total when the pair were parted, Bellwood being trapped LBW by LJ for 46 (54).  And 6 runs later there were two new batters at the crease when Forsyth's stay ended 2 runs short of his half century.  In fact his innings probably epitomised the Dumfries innings as a whole: batters "getting in" but not "going on".  Beveridge and Carlton were the new batters together in the middle, and they like those who'd come and gone before them made useful but not telling contributions.  Beveridge would end up unbeaten on 48*, whilst Carlton departed for 36 courtesy of a run out from LJ.  222 for 5.  A good, but not imposing total.


The second innings was a tale of one batter really: Owais's 136 not out - from just 126 balls - dominating a successful run-chase.  Around him there were small contributions from others, but - in truth - he all-but single-handedly chased down the 223 needed for the win.  This was perhaps best reflected by how he finished the chase, hitting five 4s off Armstrong's fourth over to see the 'Loc home.  A first senior league century then for Owais, and a big one - and more importantly a match-winning one - at that.  Well batted. 


So back-to-back league wins for the first time since the opening two matchdays of the season, with the second half of the season starting next weekend. 


Return to winning ways in the league [posted 17/06/17]

Whitehaugh was the venue today as the 'Loc returned to winning ways in the league, and seeing them move up to sixth in the table.  Against bottom side Kelburne, the nine-wicket win was a convincing one, though not - maybe - as straight-forward as it seems at first.  After winning the toss, skipper Jurie inserted his hosts, and for once early breakthroughs with the ball were achieved.  18 for 3 in fact as Kelburne's top order struggled on a challenging surface.  Two of the wickets came courtesy of good grabs by Owais at slip, the third wicket bringing the experienced Hussain to join "Overseas Amateur" Joynt in the middle.  These two settled home nerves adding 62 runs for the fourth wicket, albeit that the run-rate was very much under control, and noting that Joynt had been given a life early on in his innings, Stouty grassing a skied top-edge.  But their partnership was broken, in the 25th over, Joynt hitting Raza straight to Owais, who took a third catch, this time at short extra-cover.  80 for 4.  From this juncture the run-rate slowed further, and wickets fell at regular intervals, the home side eventually being bowled out for 121 in the 44th over. 


After tea the 'Loc's innings started in the worst possible fashion, Uzzi shouldering arms to a McLister delivery in the first over and departing, first ball, LBW.  2 for 1.  But that was nearly all the success the Kelburne attack would achieve, Owais (57) and Lois (44*) controlling a really good run-chase from that point onwards.  And though Owais would eventually be dismissed (in the 24th over) the game lasted just one more delivery, Jurie hitting the winning runs off the first ball he faced to see the side home. 


A good win, and an important one in the context of the side's league position, as well as seeing them perform well with a few new faces having come in to the line-up.  Raza in his first 1st XI Saturday League match returned 7-0-17-2, whilst LJ - also back in the side - cleaned up the tail with 3 for 13.  Stouty, too, in for Abid, did well behind the sticks, a couple of catches and a stumping his contribution to the first innings. 


Rowan Cup defeat to Prestwick [posted 15/06/17]

After winning through in the McCulloch Cup 24 hours earlier, tonight's cup match saw defeat, and a cup exit.  Prestwick were the opposition, and - in the end - won through comfortably.  Batting first and posting 118 (in a reduced eighteen overs, after a delayed start due to ground conditions after the wet weather), the Ayrshire side owed nearly everything to Rafiq (32) and Jawad (55) whose 89-run first-wicket partnership knocked the stuffing out of the 'Loc.  Again an inability to make an early breakthrough would haunt the bowlers, and dropping Jawad before halfway certainly didn't help.  Hitting seven 4s, he was the more destructive of the two visiting batters, his 55 coming from just 44 balls.  At least the extras count was lower in this match however, only 6 wides being bowled.  118 for 6 was the final score, aside Rafiq and Jawad no Prestwick batter getting in to double figures.  For the 'Loc Ahmed-Raza again impressed - in only his second competitive 1st XI match - returning figures of 4-0-19-2, with the [relatively!] more experienced Taimoor also delivering good numbers with 3-0-15-2.  The seamers, by contrast, took some tap, their combined seven overs costing 63 runs. 119 to win.


The 'Loc's run-chase - in truth - never really got going.  6 for 1 set the tone, Owais (0) departing in the first over.  And though 31 were added by Rambo (9) and Louis (25) for the second wicket, this second dismissal simply triggered the start of a revolving door in the middle.  37 for 2 became 50 for 3, then 79 for 8, before the side were bowled out in the final over for just 93, Ahmed-Raza the last man out.  Louis's 25 was the top score and had come from just 22 balls as he continued his good form from Wednesday.  And Taimoor's 23 (19) was equally free-scoring.  However neither could "go on", and when they were both out the rest of the batting line-up failed to deliver.  None got in to double figures, and two more ducks were added to Owais's earlier blob.  So defeat by 25 runs, and exit from the Rowan Cup. 


The 'Loc sneak through [posted 14/07/16]

The 'Loc were indebted to Louis this evening as a match-winning 40* (37) rescued the side from McCulloch Cup elimination.  Chasing 121 to win, the side slumped to 54 for 5, West of Scotland's pro' Ramanayake having ripped through the top order en route to 5 for 25, and it was left to Louis and the rest of the lower order to try and somehow turn looming defeat in to the win necessary to see the 'Loc into the quarter-finals.  And he delivered.  First with Asad (20), with whom he put on 45 for the sixth wicket, then with Aky and Hamza, Louis steered the good ship Poloc back to port, the winning runs coming in the final over.  A three-wicket win, with four balls to spare.  Louis's knock included two 4s and a maximum.  Earlier in the run-chase things had looked pretty good for the 'Loc, Owais (20) and Rambo (13) giving the side a decent start - 21 for none in the first five overs.  However Ramanayake's introduction to the attack in over seven changed all that.  32 for 0 after six became 54 for 5 in the eleventh, and suddenly the game had taken on a completely different complexion.  Until that is Louis settled the nerves, and played the decisive innings.


Chasing 121 had resulted because of more sloppy bowling and fielding, 12 runs in wides and no balls being conceded as six bowlers were tried in the first innings.  Gibb (31 from 40), Mills (34 from 24) and Ramanayake (20 from 22), batting at two, three and four respectively, had scored seemingly at ease, with only a late innings fightback from the 'Loc's bowlers eventually seeing some control gained.  Only 23 runs were scored from the last five overs of the innings, in fact, to see 120 posted, when - maybe - 140 looked on.  But 121 to win it would be, and - thanks to Louis - it was just small-enough a target that it was achievable in the circumstances. 


Next up in the quarter-finals is Drumpellier, at home, who finished runner-up in the East Section. 


Weir'd game all round [posted 07/06/17]

You get these games from time-to-time.  Games where everything surrounding them, and in them, is just a bit odd.  Tonight's McCulloch Cup loss to weirs at Albert Park was such a match.  24 hours before the scheduled start the Albert Park square was - literally - flooded, heavy rains combining with a covers shambles seeing the pitch lie uncovered as it rained for a day.  However, and remarkably, the ground was playable by 6.15pm this evening, and so it was expected the umpires would say "Game on!".  Except of course no umpires showed up!  Calls to the WoSACO Appointments Officer, WDCU Administrator and CMC Chairman were all responded to by voicemail messages, and so - as the minutes ticked by, it was decided that the game be reduced to eighteen overs-a-side, and Willie Russell and Youngy would officiate.  To the toss: Jurie calls wrongly and the 'Loc are batting.  A changed line-up with Mo off visiting a sister and others at the Pakistan -v- South African match [Ed: we told you it was one of "those" games!] resulted in a re-jigged batting line-up, influenced by the reduced-over match.  Owais and Jurie opened.  However as at Titwood a few days earlier, Owais would depart quickly, flicking a delivery in the first over to deep square leg.  4 for 1.  Asad joined Jurie and these two added 22 - albeit carefully - before the latter holed out to long-on for 16 (27) and the side were 26 for 2 in the eighth over.  The run-rate wouldn't really speed up much until much later too.  34 for 2 was the ten-over snapshot score, and with three overs to go the side were 59 for 3 after fifteen overs, Taimoor having been run out for 9 (15) in the fourteenth over.  Asad would bat through the remainder of the eighteen overs to finish on 27* (44), and had Abdul (17) and louis (11*) for company.  87 for 4 the final score. 


Now if the 'Loc scored slowly, they would look like speedsters midway through the Weirs reply.  Chasing 88, the home side crawled to 28 for 1 in the first nine overs, the 'Loc's bowlers getting on top.  And even though over eleven from Abdul did cost 12 runs, with two overs left the Albert Park club needed 21 to win.  They'd scored at 4.18-an-over and now needed 10.5-an-over.  Over seventeen then cost just five, with a fifth home wicket falling.  So, six balls to go, and 16 runs needed for the win.  Weirs' opening batter Shahid was still in, but had - himself - crawled to 19 not out from 44 deliveries.  Odds-on a 'Loc win, surely?  "Don't call me Shirley!"  Yup, you've guessed it: 6 . 6 . 2 2 and it's Weirs that win, by five wickets, and it's the 'Loc that are lefting wondering what had just happened.  Of course the focus will be on those last six balls, however - and as always - such tight matches are decided from ball #1, not on balls #211 to #216.  And with the 'Loc batters dotting back over half the deliveries face, and there being at least a handful of runs lost in the field and 7 runs conceded in wides, every player should take the view they had the ability to had contributed to a different result.  But a loss it was, and progression in the McCulloch Cup now depends on beating west of Scotland at Shawholm in seven days time.


Depressing [posted 03/06/17]

This wasn't just depressing because it was a derby defeat - the second in four days! - no, it was depressing because it was cold, damp and dreary; the game was an on-off affair, eventually reduced to just 26 overs-a-side; and because in losing, the 'Loc really just capitulated.  Not much to smile about really at all.  To the game then.  Well after a long delay it would be 26 overs-a-side as noted [Ed: a delay in which most of the 'Loc players, knowing they'd be bowling first, decided a good pre-match regime involved toasties and Irn Bru in the Toytown bar, whilst watching the Champions Trophy on Sky Sports!]  And when play finally got underway it was the home side that raced out of the traps - a "4-ball-an-over" pattern being set from the start, and the Dark Side reaching 72 for 0 in the first ten overs, again an opening ten overs where the 'Loc hadn't managed to make the breakthrough.  There's that recurring theme.  However the first wicket did fall shortly thereafter, and by over fifteen the score had moved on to Nelson with another 'Dale batter "back in the hutch".  111 for 2 then became 154 for 4, as two more wickets fell in the third five-over segment of the innings, and with the departures of Awais, Berrington and de Lange, the home side's ability to score quickly had been curtailed.  So much so that "only" 33 were added in the last six overs, during which time a further three scalps were taken.  187 for 7 was the final score, and the 'Loc would be chasing 188 to win.  A big enough challenge certainly, and to make things all the more cheerier in the away dressing room, news was delivered of a one point deduction for a slow over rate!   


The run-chase started disastrously,.....and got worse!  1 for 1 after one over with Owais (1) having been run out wasn't the start that was needed.  And six overs in, the score having moved on to just 26, the side then found themselves two down, Louis nicking off to Scobie for 9.  When jurie was then bowled for 21 with the score on just 39, the side were further in trouble.  21 were added by Taimoor and Abdul, but any thoughts of building a genuinely-meaningful partnership vanished with two wickets falling with the score on 60: Abdul holed out in the deep [Ed: again?!?] and then new batter Asad was run out without facing a ball.  From this point it was simply a case of when, not if, the home win would be secured.  And with the 'Loc way, way, behind on DLS, when they were eventually bowled out for just 106 in the 22nd over with the rain just starting again, the fat lady was not just singing, she was in full voice!  Defeat by 81 runs, but more importantly a poor performance where none of the players could likely say they played to their ability. 


Thumping win in the Scottish Cup [posted 28/05/17]

As bad as Saturday's depressing loss to Prestwick was, today's win in the Scottish Cup at Meikleriggs was as good.  Everything really went right for the 'Loc, from dismissing their hosts for just 117 to chasing down the required 118 runs to progress to the quater-finals for the loss of just two wickets before the drinks interval.  And all on a cracking day weather-wise, in front of a large home support. 


Things started well from the beginning, with Jurie and Louis bowling tightly to the Ferguslie openers, and limiting them to 23 for 0 in the first ten overs.  So no wicket, but still a decent start.  The first wicket wasn't too far away however, and fell in the eleventh over when Abdul got rid of "Overseas Amateur" Holt, caught by Asad at mid-on.  The second wicket followed in the next over too, English following Holt back to the changing room, nicking off Ihty to Owais, who took a really good low catch at first slip.  27 for 2 in the twelfth over.  A good start was now a very good one.  And importantly the wickets would keep coming, as the bowlers would continued to bowl tightly.  Only Allan (19) of the top order, batting at four, managed to dig in, and would face 51 deliveries before being sixth out with the score on 78.  Hamza was doing most of the damage with the ball, as regards taking wickets, and would finish with 6 for 17, getting plenty of help from the sharply turning wicket.  117 all out was the eventual total posted when Cook (23) was last out, well caught by Abdul running backwards off Ihty's bowling in the 40th over.  118 to win.


The 'Loc opening combo was the Shah brothers, Uzzi in the side as the only change from Saturday.  And the brothers got their side off to fast start, albeit they were separated in only the fourth over when Henry nicked off Uzzi to slip.  Owais was joined by Louis, batting at three with Pasty's absence through injury, and these two continued to score freely.  56 for 1 was the score after ten overs, and almost half the required runs had been scored.  But their partnership wouldn't reach the eleventh over, Louis slog-sweeping Tahir straight to Cook, the only fielder out on the leg-side.  Louis (14) departing brought Jurie to the middle, and this'd be the final 'Loc partnership of the day.  Owais and Jurie both batted positively, though watchfully, with Ferguslie's two spinners operating in tandem and the ball turning sharply.  Bad balls were despatched however and the winning post was passed in the 24th over.  Owais's 56* (72) including four 4s and an all-run 5 (!), whilst Jurie's 37* (35) contained a similar number of 4s along with maybe the biggest 6 seen at Meikleriggs for some time.  118 for 2, and an eight-wicket win secured.  Next up in the cup is a home tie against Carlton at the end of June. 


After Saturday's performance, Sunday was a pleasing reversal of fortunes, with maybe the biggest take-home message being the need to find greater consistency of performance. 


Depressing and damp defeat [posted 27/05/17]

The 'Loc went down to defeat in their league clash with Prestwick today, in a match recurringly interrupted by rain.  The final 'card shows a three-wicket win for the visitors, under DLS, their final revised target being 76 in twenty overs.  And as it turned out they got there with eight balls to spare.  Whilst it's disappointing to lose, and frustrating to not "get out of jail" courtesy of the weather, the more frustrating factor in this match was the batting capitulation.  Whilst the weather wasn't great, and conditions were therefore tricky, the first innings shouldn't have been a 150 all out affair.  Only Pasty (46) and Owais (35) get pass marks, with no other batter getting into double figures.  Pitt was the main tormenter for Prestwick, cleaning up the top order with the dismissals of Owais, Asad (2) and Jurie (4).  The middle order then failed to both accumulate - Louis, Taimoor, Abdul and Aky facing a combined 93 deliveries for their 32 runs.  When Pasty was then seventh out in the 44th over this triggered a collapse, the tail failing to wag and the last three wickets falling in sixteen deliveries to see the side bundled out for just 150 with three overs unused.  And as things would turn out, not batting those last twenty deliveries likely cost the 'Loc, (a) because this would've added more time to the game meaning Prestwick probably wouldn't have been able to have the minimum twenty overs needed to chase their revised target and make it a game, and (b) the 'Loc would've, surely, added another ten or more runs to their score, ten runs that - again - could've been pivotal.  The old adage of "bat your overs" never, perhaps, being better illustrated.


To the Prestwick reply.  This was rain-interrupted more than once, their eventual DLS target being 76 in twenty overs, which translated to needing 37 from 7.4 overs when play resumed for the final time.  And though wickets fell in the frenzied action that is such a run-chase, in truth Prestwick were never really in danger of not reaching their target, something they duly did with eight balls left, seven down.  Coach Chaudhary had anchored their innings, and finished 21* (41).  For the 'Loc Hamza returned 3 for 13. 


Renfrew beaten in the Rowan Cup [posted 25/05/17]

Wednesday night had seen the 'Loc chase down 107 to beat West of Scotland in just over fifteen overs, and tonight's win in the Rowan Cup over Renfrew featured another - even quicker - successful run-chase.  After restricting their hosts to 78 for 9 in their innings (Hamza with 3 for 13), the 'Loc then knocked off the 98 runs needed to progress in the competition, inside ten overs.  Taimoor ended up 31 (28) not out, with Louis having contributed a cameo 21 (13) before he was stumped, this after Mo and Owais had both departed cheaply, in consecutive deliveries, in over two. 


Second McCulloch Cup win [posted 24/05/17]

After last week's midweek defeat to Weirs, a return to winning ways in the McCulloch Cup tonight at Hamilton Crescent was welcome.  In the field first, the 'Loc seemed powerless in the early overs to grab anything like a stranglehold on this game however, West's openers Fennah and Gibb both scoring freely.  32 were scored off the first four overs, with both batters finding the boundary with an alarming regularity.  Cue a change of bowler, with both Aky and Louis replaced, by Ithy and Hamza respectively.  This brought two things: 1. a wicket; and 2. control.  32 for 0 after four overs was then dragged back 43 for 1 after eight.  This meant that this second fifth of the first innings had seen just 11 runs scored, Fennah the batter out.  The second wicket wouldn't fall until over twelve however, home pro' Ramanayake the batter to go, stumped by Abid off Hamza.  60 for 2 in the twelfth.  This represented a good comeback given the start.  And with the second wicket, came more.  In fact West would eventually finish 106 for 6, as four more batters were dismissed in the last third of their innings.  Gibb ended up unbeaten on 46 (62), and had anchored his side's innings.  For the 'Loc there were braces of wickets for Pasty and Taimoor.  107 to win. 


The run-chase then - as it happened - turned in to a bit of an exhibition in shot-making by Owais.  He, along with, first, Jurie, then, Pasty and Asad, rattled off the required runs inside sixteen overs, of which he scored 65 of them.  65 from just 46 deliveries, with nine 4s thrown in for good measure.  As ever he favoured the mid-wicket area heavily as he - from the get-go - looked to dominate the bowlers.  Whilst not risk free - he was dropped off the delivery that took him to 50 - Owais's knock was great to watch.  Next up in the group stages is Clydesdale, away, the first of the return fixtures.


The wrong side of 538 runs [posted 20/05/17]

Let's start with the plusses: this was a good game, played in great spirit, that saw 538 runs scored and the win being secured in the final over after a really good run-chase.  That said, and because the 'Loc lost, it can always be reviewed slightly differently!  In other words, how on earth can you fail to defend 267!    Ooops.  But let's get back to the start.  Winning the toss, the 'Loc opted to bat first, a decision that seemed sensible enough as Mo and Owais navigated the choppy waters that are the opening overs.  Well the first first four anyway.  After getting past 20 inside five overs the home side made the breakthrough: Mo miss-pulling a McElnea delivery to give a simple catch to Leck.  22 were then added by Pasty and Owais before both openers had come-and-gone, Owais cleaned up by Khan.  43 for 2.  This brought Jurie to the middle and, as has happened a few times, Pasty and Jurie managed to build a decent partnership, 81 being added before - inexplicably - Pasty stroked the ball to mid-on, called "Yes!", ran, and saw McElnea run him out at the non-striker's end with a direct hit.  Gone for 30 that should've been more.  "Should've been more" might actually be the key phrase to describe the 'Loc's whole innings, as Jurie would depart having reached 89 when a really big score looked on, Louis would, like Pasty, run himself out having made 41, and both Abdul and Akram both went cheaply.  Only Taimoor (30* from 23 balls) could be said to have really done his job to the maximum.  Anyway, all that said, 267 for 7 wasn't that bad,.....even though it should likely have been nearer 300.


268 to win.  And as you know already dear reader, "win" was what Ayr did.  Hampered again by poor control with the new ball from one end, and the lack of early wickets, Ayr's openers - Papps (95) and Smith (51) - put on 99 for the first wicket, a base that allowed McElnea (61) and Khan (26 from nineteen deliveries) in particular to add the later momentum that saw their side home with three balls to spare.  At no stage did either side, in that second innings, look to be nailed-down favourites, though as the overs ticked by, and despite taking wickets, maybe the 'Loc became growingly the more likely to sneak home.  And as late as six overs to go, with Ayr needing 59 more runs, this was probably the safer bet.  However over 45 would prove pivotal as regards the pendulum beginning its swing back to a home win, Aky's over costing 20 runs and meaning that what had been a run-rate of 9.83 at the start of that over was now just 7.8.  And so, despite three wickets falling in those final five overs [Ed: maybe too little, too late?] Ayr scrambled the required runs and ran out winners. 


A good game to watch certainly, and pretty exciting as it neared its end, but certainly one the 'Loc might feel "got away".  The now-established patterns ultimately cost the side: all the top order getting in, but none really "going big", combined with not getting those crucial early breakthroughs with the new ball.  Congratulations to Ayr nevertheless on a top run-chase.  Next week sees Prestwick visit Shawholm.



Archived match reports

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



1st XI league and cup fixtures 2017


The 1st XI compete in the Western Union as well as the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup, a Twenty20 knock-out competition, the Scottish Cup, West League Cup and WU40 Cup.













Senior practice


Senior coaching and net practice takes place, at Shawholm, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 6pm, with structured practice commencing at 6.30pm sharp.  Sessions involve net practice whenever possible but, even if underfoot conditions are not conducive to having "nets", fielding and catching practice is 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.