Uddingston fired up to get one over county rivals Drumpellier

Uddingston Cricket Club try to dry out their pitch for their match with Drumpellier
Uddingston Cricket Club try to dry out their pitch for their match with Drumpellier

Uddingston Cricket Club’s burning desire to play their game with Drumpellier at Bothwell Castle Policies paid off as they enjoyed a fine win over their local rivals.

The Villagers actually set the pitch on fire in a bid to dry the wicket out and allow their Western Premier Division match to go ahead.

When they did get started Uddingston batted first but lost professional Anwar Hafeez for 12 with the score on 29.

With Gowtham Rai bowled for 20, Gavin Bradley run out for 18 and Aamir Gul contributing just one, the Villagers were left on 65 for 4.

But a partnership of 48 between Niall MacLeod and Sammy Zia, before Zia was dismissed for 21, boosted their hopes and MacLeod went on to reach his half-century before being dismissed for 52.

Uddingston closed their innings on 160 for 8 but were under pressure early on as Saif Sajjad and Gordon Shaw put on 98 for the first wicket.

But the vital breakthrough came when Bradley bowled Sajjad for 61 and although Shaw went on to make 41 the rest of the Drumpellier batting line-up was wiped out by an Uddingston onslaught.

Pick of the bowlers as the visitors were bowled out for just 136 was Hafeez who took six wickets for 20 runs from 9.3 overs.

He was backed up in no small measure by Aamit who picked up three wickets for the loss of 19 runs as Uddingston secured a 24-run victory.

The Villagers will look to build on that success this weekend at West of Scotland.