Captain Calum cracks hundred in Villagers rout

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UDDINGSTON Cricket Club hammered Greenock by 167 runs in their first home Scottish Cricket Western Premier League fixture of the season at Bothwell Castle Policies on Saturday.

Captain Calum MacLeod hit a century to spearhead a good all round performance by his team, still smarting from the previous weekend’s batting collapse at Hamilton Crescent.

On a perfect sunny day MacLeod won the toss and chose to take first use of a very dry wicket.

The skipper sent in Aamir Gul and Alan MacLeod to open the innings and they took the score to 66 before Aamir was out for 36.

Alan was joined at the crease by Calum and in 10 overs the two brothers added a further 49 runs before Alan was bowled for 46, which put the Villagers on 115 for 2.

The captain was joined by professional Ras Priyadarshana and, in a delightful display of stroke play, the pair added 115 runs to take the total 230 for 3 when Ras lost his wicket.

Gavin Bradley joined the fray and the score moved on to 278 for 4 when the captain was out after scoring 127 in 97 balls, including two sixes and 14 fours.

Bradley carried his bat for a brisk 25 as Uddingston posted a target of 310 for 5.

With star Saltires batsman Richie Berrington in the Greenock line-up and a dry hard wicket with a lightning outfield, there was no room for complacency in the home ranks.

Ricky Bawa and Niall MacLeod opened the bowling and the Greenock openers set off at over four an over.

However Ricky Bawa had Prabhu lbw for 8 and Calum MacLeod, who had replaced younger brother Niall at the pavillion end, removed Baum for 18 with his first ball.

The skipper rotated his bowlers and, with David Bill getting Berrington caught in the deep for 29, wickets fell at regular intervals until Greenock were all out for 143. Four bowlers - Bawa, Priyadarshana, Bill and Bradley - took two wickets each.

The 2nd XI travelled to Greenock but despite scoring 187, with Tariq making 82, lost by three wickets.

Next Saturday Uddingston entertain Clydesdale at The Policies with the 2nds away at Titwood.

The Villagers have completed improvements to their ground with the old artificial wicket removed and replaced by a new grass wicket.

A new sightscreen has been purchased following winter storm damage. Practice nets have been repositioned, refurbished and upgraded.

The total cost of the project was £46,704, funded jointly by Patersons Quarries and sportscotland. The club are extremely grateful to the organisations for providing these major improvements.