CSL Premier Round Up - Week 8
Renfrew secured arguably the best result in their history with victory over West of Scotland at King George V Playing Fields on Saturday.
Sai Majeed’s side, seeking no more than survival in their first season in the top flight, took a huge step towards securing that goal with what was their first win against West in a major competition.
They did it in some style too, racking up 233-7 before restricting their more fancied rivals to 222-9.
These bald statistics mask a truly remarkable performance from Renfew’s Kamran Saeed who only came in to bat when one of his team-mates was forced to retire due to dehydration.
With his side struggling to make a winning total, Kamran took matters into his own hands by smacking 45no from only 13 deliveries.
Twenty-eight of his runs came from the penultimate over which included four sixes.
Liam Hendrickse had earlier held the innings together while John Blain chipped away for West with four wicksts.
The visitors looked on course when Dylan Pinkstone and Grieg Watson carried them to 100-1.
However, Azhar Sharif and Imtiaz Uddin claimed three wickets apiece as West eventually finished 11 runs short.
“It’s a great win for us,” said skipper Majeed.
“I didn’t tell the lads we’d never beaten West in case it got to them.
“The cameo from Kammy definitely gave us the initiative going into the second innings but West were going well at one stage and we did well to peg them back.
“I don’t think we’re quite safe yet but this result will give us great confidence at the start of the second half of the season.”
Renfrew’s heroics may have upstaged Uddingston and Drumpellier but the Lanarkshire pair will take centre stage again at the weekend when they meet in a potential Western Premier title decider at BothwellCastle.
Both maintained their unbeaten records on Saturday, the former overcoming struggling Stirling at New Williamfield while Drumpellier were ultimately too strong for second bottom Ayr.
It was not all plain sailing for the Coatbridge side who had to overcome the loss of three quick wickets before a century stand between Asad Mohammed and skipper Graeme McLaren proved decisive.
The pair rotated the strike sensibly on a tricky Langloan wicket before opening out during the five batting power-play overs which yielded 48 runs.
Both men reached half-centuries, Mohammed hitting six boundaries in his 64 while McLaren’s 60 included just three fours.
Drumpellier’s 224-5 proved more than enough especially when the wily Imran Adrees went to work on a youthful Ayr batting line-up to claim 4-32 while Will Leslie weighed-in with 3-11 as the visitors were dismissed for 111.
Aamir Gul’s superb season for Uddingston continued as he first claimed four wickets to help restrict Stirling to 158-8.
The all-rounder then added an unbeaten 62 while Raz Priyadarshana top-scored with 70 in a seven-wicket win for the league leaders who will take a huge stride towards winning the title if they get the better of Drumpellier on Saturday.
Safyaan Sharif confirmed his return to fitness and form with a four wicket haul as Clydesdale recorded a much-needed win over outgoing champions Dumfries.
The Saltires pace bowler, sidelined for several months by a side injury and then restricted only to batting, claimed 4-40 including top scorer Chris Bellwood who made 43 of Dumfries’ disappointing 153.
Sharif continued a good day with 38 runs but played second fiddle to Kasim Farid whose unbeaten 52 secured a four-wicket success.
Meanwhile Carlton have replaced Arbroath at the top of the Eastern Premier after a dramatic one-wicket win over SMRH.
The Grange Loan club looked to be cruising after dismissing the basement boys for just 120.
However, Craig Mackellar’s five wickets had Carlton reeling before they staggered over the line with their last pair at the crease – a Wide delivery giving them the winning run.
Arbroath went down by four wickets to Watsonian for whom debutant Brendan O’Connell top-scored with 61.
Aberdeenshire remain in the hunt after skittling Grange for 96 en route to an eight-wicket triumph at Mannofield while Cammy Farrell’s unbeaten century helped Heriot’s beat Stoneywood-Dyce by 13 runs.