CSL Round Up - Week 3
The natural order of things was restored on both sides of the country yesterday as Clydesdale and Grange basked in the early summer sunshine with bounce-back wins following surprise defeats a week ago.
Western Premier champions Clydesdale ultimately made light work of Drumpellier at Titwood though they were aided by a dreadful batting collapse from the visitors who are still seeking a first win.
The Lanarkshire side made a solid start and were eyeing a sizeable total when they reached 88-2.
However, their old nemesis Majid Haq returned to haunt them with a devastating spell of spin bowling that saw Drumps crumble to 108 all out.
Haq may not have managed to equal the 7-20 he took when the sides met at Langloan last season but his 4-11 on this occasion was still impressive.
He was ably backed up by Basit Ali whose 3-15 included the big wicket of Graeme McLaren for a duck.
Dale had no problems reaching their target, losing only Mo Awais for 34 while Carl Huyser completed the chase with 46no.
Elsewhere, there was a run-feast at Cambusdoon as Ayr also recovered from their disappointing 82 all out at Ferguslie last week.
Neil Smith and Michael Papps both hit centuries – the former for the second time this season – as the Alloway side piled up 346-2 against Stenhousemuir.
Rushdi Jappie also reached three figures and Yasir Arfat hit 53no as the visitors mounted a spirited response before falling 69 runs short.
Ayrshire neighbours Prestwick recorded a second consecutive win as Dumfries were brought down to earth following their win over Clydesdale.
The Nunholm men could muster just 125 all out at the Henry Thow Oval before home skipper Shazad Rafiq, aided by several spilled chances, hit an unbeaten 73 to seal a five-wicket success.
Kelburne and Ferguslie continue to lead the way after maintaining their 100% records against East Kilbride and Uddingston respectively.
The former had to dig deep at Whitehaugh where tight bowling from the visitors made run scoring difficult.
However, good contribution from Omer Hussain (39) and Sameer Zia (38no) allowed them to post a challenging 192-7.
In reply, East Kilbride looked to be out of it on 62-4 but a brilliant century from Ross Lyons saw them fall only 11 runs short.
Ferguslie hit an imposing 259-8 at Uddingston with Michael English falling just three short of a century before the Bothwell side closed on 193-7.
Meanwhile Eastern Premier champions Grange were just as convincing as Clydesdale in demonstrating their powers of recovery.
Heavily beaten by Carlton last week, the Edinburgh side travelled to Arbroath and were much too strong on the day for last season’s runners-up.
Preston Mommsen led the way with his first century for Grange, the Scotland skipper hitting an imperious unbeaten 107 while Ryan Flannigan hammered 87 in a total of 262-2 at Lochlands.
The Arbroath reply never got off the ground as the visiting bowlers took control to send their rivals tumbling to 119 all out.
Carlton made it three consecutive wins though they were pushed all the way by top flight newcomers Glenrothes at Grange Loan.
Hugo Southwell hit a superb 96 as the home side posted 252 before 81 from Chris Greaves raised the Fifers’ hopes.
However, the visitors fell 30 runs short.
Brendan O’Connell fell just one run short of a century as Watsonians maintained their winning start to the campaign with an impressive eight-wicket win at Stoneywood-Dyce.
Forfarshire stayed in contention towards the top end of the table with victory over Falkland at Scroggie Park.
Four wickets from Aman Bailwal helped restrict Falkland to 174 before Graeme Beghin (45) and Craig Wallace (43) were the main contributors in a five-wicket triumph.
Heriot’s are emerging as potential dark horses after an impressive 11-run win over Aberdeenshire at Mannofield