CSL West and East Wrap
Kelburne may just be emerging as a potential dark horse in this season’s CS Western Union Premier division.
Promoted along with Paisley neighbours Ferguslie, the Whitehaugh side marked their debut in the top flight by beating Renfrew a week ago.
Yesterday they hosted 2012 champions Dumfries and rose to the challenge to record an impressive 135-run win.
Such a scenario had looked unlikely when they found themselves in all sorts of trouble after skipper Qasim Sheikh had won the toss and boldly elected to bat on a green wicket.
As so often in the past, veteran seamer Pat Druce was the man who did the bulk of the damage with three quick wickets as the Paisley team slumped to 21-4.
Sheikh and overseas amateur Brad Williams were among Druce’s victims while there was excellent support from Stuart Alexander who bowled unchanged for fifteen overs to claim 1-32.
Kelburne were in desperate need of resistance to the threatening new-ball pair and it was provided in part by Omer Hussain and Jack O’Connell.
Hussain, the former Saltires batsman, accumulated his runs mainly in singles while youngster O’Connell displayed commendable restraint.
The pair had added 30 valuable runs when Hussain appeared to deflect a rising delivery onto his stumps.
However, having found their feet, Kelburne were now in the mood to show some belligerence and Stevie McLister was the man to provide it.
The all-rounder, on the radar of Reivers selectors a couple of seasons ago, showed why with some expansive strokes on both sides of the wicket.
He added 38 for the sixth wicket with O’Connell whose dogged vigil ended on 24 when he skied a catch but it was McLister’s eighth-wicket stand with Dougie Wylie which caught the eye and brought the home side decisively into the contest.
The pair added a brisk 64 as the Dumfries attack for the first time looked a little weary.
McLister played the lead role with seven boundaries and two sweetly struck maximums though Wylie almost stole his thunder with a “switch-hit” off Scott Beveridge that soared over the boundary.
Druce returned to the attack to bowl Wylie for 31 while McLister was caught in the deep for a splendid 65 as Kelburne posted 199-9 –a total which had looked beyond them.
Dumfries suffered a dreadful start as they slumped to 20-4 in an opening spell which mirrored that of their hosts a little earlier.
Man-of-the-match McLister took two of the wickets and Ross McLean one while Hussain ran out Chris Bellwood with an excellent direct hit.
Unlike Kelburne, Dumfries were unable to dig themselves out of a hole especially whenScott Hamilton joined the attack to claim four wickets as the visitors fell to 64 all out.
Elsewhere, East Kilbride carved out a thrilling win over West of Scotland in a low-scoring affair at Torrance House.
West looked on course for their first win after Dave McNulty’s four wickets helped dismiss the hosts for just 118.
However, East Kilbride fought back superbly with Ross Lyons, who had earlier hit 30 crucial runs, picking up three wickets including top scorer McNulty for 25 as the home side bowled out their rivals for 111.
Con de Lange, newly qualified for Scotland, may have caught the eye of the selectors with a brilliant 103no for Clydesdale in their win over Drumpellier at Titwood.
Ayr pace bowler Scott McElnea is another pushing for international honours and he did his chances no harm with a five wicket haul as Renfrew were skittled for 53 before the champions raced to a nine-wicket win at Cambusdoon.
Ferguslie matched their Paisley neighbours by beating 2013 champions Uddingston at Bothwell Castle.
Meanwhile in the Eastern Premier Division a bit of history was made when
Aberdeenshire’s Adrian Neill produced the best bowling display in the history of Scottish league cricket.
The 21 year old became the first player to claim all 10 wickets in an innings as the Granite City men demolished Watsonians at Myreside.
Seamer Neill, who stands 6ft 8ins tall, ripped through the hosts’ batting line up, his remarkable haul coming at a cost of only 31 in 12.4 overs.
Watsons were shot out for 89, leaving the stage clear for Eastern Premiership champions Shire to recover from a shaky start at the crease and stroll to victory by seven wickets.
They were in a bit of bother at 8-2 and 34-3 but Hayes van der Berg and Graeme Tomlinson eased any jitters with an unbroken partnership, the South African finishing on 40no.
Craig Wallace maintained his rich vein of form as Forfarshire prevailed against Stoneywood-Dyce.
Wallace top-scored with 67 while there were also half-centuries from Matty Parker and Scott Cameron as the Forthill side posted 278.
Arbroath overcame Falkland in a low-scoring affair at Scroggie Park while Grange were too strong for RH Corstorphine but the clash between Heriot’s and Carlton was rained-off.