CSL week 5 round up
From Cricket Media (William Dick and David Kelso)
Drumpellier may have relinquished their lead at the top of the table but not their proud unbeaten record following a thrilling tie with West of Scotland at Langloan.
A match which ebbed and flowed throughout finally ended all square when the Lanarkshire side’s last pair just failed to score the ten runs needed to pull off an unlikely win.
Instead, Gurjit Sandhu emerged as West’s last-ditch hero when he had Ally Rawlinson caught behind by Ian Young with just one run needed for victory.
Home skipper Graeme McLaren, while disappointed not to win, said: “It was a great game which swayed both ways but in the end a tie was a fair result.
“We needed ten runs with our last pair at the crease and West bowled a few Wides which got us close.
“I thought we were going to get there but we’ll still take the positives from this result and we remain unbeaten.”
Drumpellier’s cause was not helped by the fact that player-coach Muhammed Ramzan suffered a facial injury while fielding and was unable to bowl.
In his absence Will Leslie proved an able deputy, claiming four wickets including that of former Scotland batsman Dougie Lockhart.
Leslie’s efforts helped restrict West to 139-8 in tricky batting conditions.
Drumps may have been favourites at this stage but four wickets apiece for Dave McNulty and John Blain quickly had the match in the balance.
It took a battling 45 from McLaren, backed by Jarrod Armitage’s 29, to put the hosts back on course before that dramatic finale.
McLaren added: “Ramzan had stitches in his eye and returned to bat but losing him from our attack was a big loss.”
West player-coach John Blain agreed the tie was a fair result, saying: “Neither team played well enough for long enough to deserve the win.”
Drumpellier’s tie paved the way for Lanarkshire neighbours Uddingston to claim pole position which they did thanks to victory at Renfrew.
A brilliant century from Sri Lankan professional Ras Priyadarshana proved the difference between the sides at King George V Playing Fields.
Ras finished unbeaten on 106 while Amir Gul contributed 69 as Uddingston cruised past Renfrew’s total of 226-5 with seven overs and seven wickets in hand.
Stirling captain Graeme Taylor asked his batsmen to use their full allocation of fifty overs prior to their New Williamfield clash with Clydesdale.
They duly obliged but it still wasn’t enough to get the better of the Glasgow club.
Confidence in the home camp must have been high when Ross Gelderbloem and Andy Carswell scored 76 and 73 respectively to hoist the tally to 225-5.
Hopes of a first win of the campaign would have been even higher when Stirling reduced the visitors to 80-3.
However, an unbroken 146-run partnership between Pakistani professional Shoaib Khan (80no) and Kasim Farid (72no) led Clydesdale to an ultimately comfortable win.
Like Stirling, Ayr are still searching for their first win after champions Dumfries proved too strong at Nunholm.
Teenage pace bowler Niall Alexander was the pick of the home bowlers with 4-36 while Alan Davidson claimed three victims as Ayr could only muster 175.
Chris Bellwood then continued his rich vein of form with 72no as Dumfries cruised home with more than fifteen overs to spare.
Michael Leask admitted to having a cocktail of emotions in the wake of his century in vain for Stoneywood-Dyce against Grange.
The all-rounder had watched another sidelined Scotland star Ryan Flannigan thump a ton for the Edinburgh outfit at Peoples Park.
And for both, it was a timely message aimed at national squad selectors who have persisted in picking English-based players who can't command regular slots in county starting line-ups.
The current tussle between the Scots and Australia A at Raeburn Place is a case in point, with the likes of Leask and Flannigan being denied the chance to measure themselves against glamorous and talented opposition.
Leask said: "Saturday was a good day for me personally, but the result was not what we were looking for.
"In terms of the Scotland situation, all I can do is keep performing to the best of my ability and hope that I get noticed."
Flannigan figured in a second wicket stand of 117 with Josh Edwards to propel Grange to 245 for six.
There was also a useful 42 by Neil McCallum, while Elton Willemse was the pick of the host attack with four for 53.
The SD response got off to the worse possible start as George Ninan saw his stumps being shattered by Raj Routray before a run was on the board.
And at 88 for six, a total capitulation looked on the cards.
However, Leask had other ideas and he reached the three-figure mark with an array of impressive strikes before becoming the last man to fall, snapped up by George Munsey off Gregor Maiden with the total on 180.
Routray finished with four for 46, while Andrew Brock took four for 52.
Arbroath tightened their grip at the head of the division with a success at the hands of SMRH at Lochlands.
Petrie struck 78 to rule out any fightback from the Edinburgh side, for whom Cedric English had made 87 in their 174 all out.
Petrie was well-supported by Greig Peal, who followed up a tight bowling spell which featured four wickets with a stout 29 not out.
Aberdeenshire took out their frustrations on champions Watsonians as they revived their challenge.
Rattled by the derby defeat at the hands of Arbroath, the Dons got back on tracks in devastating fashion at Mannofield.
Harsha Cooray emerged as the star of the show with a brilliant all-round display to snuff out the challenge of the Myreside men.
He launched the demolition job by smashing a quick fire 63 not out - then grabbed four cheap wickets to send Sonians sliding to 145 all out in pursuit of 247.
There were also two wickets apiece for Daya Singh and Tyler Buchan.
Carlton were always in charge in the capital showdown with Heriot's at Grange Loan.
The writing was on the wall for Heriot's the moment Adam Lockhart-Krause was trapped lbw by Fraser Allardice - his first wicket in only his second over of cricket at this level.
That left Heriot's on 31 for two - and even worse was to come when another youngster, Cheeky Gossain, also earned an lbw verdict, the victim being player-coach and former Scotland opener Steve Knox.
Allardice was back in the spotlight to take another scalp before snapping up a fine catch at point and he finished with three for 31.
The slump was halted by pro Cameron Farrell's half century, however Heriot's could only reach 140 for seven.
Robust early contributions from Fraser Watts (45) and Hamish Gardiner (42) ensured there would be no fightback and some big-hitting by Gordon Drummond took Carlton to their modest target in the 29th over with six wickets to spare.