Uddingston Cricket Club kept alive their chances of catching Western Premier Division leaders Clydesdale with a 33-run victory at West of Scotland last Saturday.
Uddingston – helped by man-of-the-match Anwar Hafeez who scored 75 runs and took five wickets – ended with a 187 total for the loss of eight wickets at a sunny Hamilton Crescent.
This was a target which the hosts couldn’t match, giving Uddingston the points and securing fourth position for them in the latest league table standings.
Another outstanding performer for Uddingston against West of Scotland was Scott McKenzie, who took three wickets for the concession of just 36 runs in what was an impressive show.
Uddingston Cricket Club captain Bryan Clarke said: “It was a really good batting performance by us and our bowlers backed it up.
“We are now in a group of three teams just behind the leaders, but we have the opportunity to get closer to Clydesdale as they are the team we play this Saturday.
“I would say that we have a team which is capable of finishing in the top three. Although we are capable of catching Clydesdale, I would say that it is an outside bet.
“However, we will be doing our best to make sure that we make a decent crack at it and try to push them all the way.”
Although Uddingston Cricket Club won the league two years ago, last season was a different story and they ended the campaign languishing down in sixth place.
Bryan said that the rebuilding job at Uddingston Cricket Club over the past couple of seasons had been a factor in the disappointing campaign last time around.
He said that, all things considered, he was happy with the team’s current league placing of fourth with five of their 18 league matches still to play.
Meanwhile, Clydesdale Cricket Club’s latest step towards the league title came by beating the elements and their closest challengers at Titwood on Saturday.
While much of Glasgow basked in one of the better days of this wretchedly cold and wet summer, storm clouds gathered above the south-side venue while East Kilbride, having won the toss, worked their way to 123-5.
With seven overs remaining the visitors, having laboured in testing conditions early on, had laid a platform from which they might have hoped to go on and post a challenging total.
Instead, the heavens opened in spectacular style and within minutes water was beginning to lie on the Titwood square.
As the rain continued to fall in torrents, there seemed little prospect of further play and yet another “No Result” looked set to go down in the record books.
However, the storm eventually subsided to be replaced by welcome sunshine and Cyril McLatchie, Clydesdale’s weather-weary groundsman, went to work.
Fully three hours later his labours bore fruit when the umpires announced that play could resume with Dale set a revised target of 95 from twenty overs.
Clearly determined to make the most of an unexpected opportunity, openers Mo Awais and Majid Haq showed the same refusal to be beaten as McLatchie and they too got their reward as they coasted to victory.
Awais led the way with seven boundaries and a maximum in his unbeaten 51 while Haq, again shouldering the responsibility of captaincy, lent support with a solid 39 not out before finishing the match in the grand manner with a six over long-on.
Haq’s effort was all the more commendable given that he had been unable to bowl due to back spasms.
His bowling colleagues had done an efficient job with wickets shared around, Mo Ali taking the key one of Ross Lyons who top-scored with 24 though the deluge.