CSL West Premier goes down to the wire

30 Aug

From Cricket Media: Willie Dick

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PSL TEAM SPORTS CLYDESDALE v McCREA FS WEST OF SCOTLAND

Clydesdale will be champions should they win and long-time leaders Uddingston lose. However, even if Uddingstson win, the Titwood men still have a chance of over-hauling the Lanarkshire side’s superior net run-rate. Such a scenario would require Clydesdale to overcome their Glasgow rivals by a massive margin and manager Colin Mitchell admitted: “It is not impossible to become champions that way but it is improbable. What we have to focus on, first and foremost, is beating West and then seeing what has happened elsewhere. To be honest, four weeks ago we didn’t expect to be in with a chance of winning the league on the last day of the season so in a way we have nothing to lose. Whatever happens, it’s great that for the second year running the title has gone down to the final round of matches. West are a dangerous side and they carry a threat so we will take nothing for granted.” Clydesdale are at full strength while West will make changes that lost to Uddingston in the CS Trophy final last Sunday.  

Prediction: Home win

TUNNOCK’S UDDINGSTON v DUMFRIES

Uddingston are in pole position to end a long wait for a league title – their last success having come in 1934 when they were crowned Western Union champions. There has, of course, been much more recent success in cup competitions with two Scottish Cups in the last six years while the CS Trophy was won as recently as six days ago. However, there is no doubt that winning the Western Premier would trump these triumphs for the Bothwell club. With Clydedsale breathing down their necks, Uddingston must beat outgoing champions Dumfries to be sure of completing the job. They appear to have overcome a wobble suffered as the finishing straight beckoned and skipper Bryan Clarke summed-up the mood when he said: “We’re looking forward to tomorrow especially after some big performances last weekend. Ras’ (Priydarshana) ton was exceptional on Saturday as was Calum’s (MacLeod) 85 on Sunday. Thrown in Vasu’s (Reddy) 5-22 in the Trophy final and you’ve got three matc-winning performances in two days. Everyone has contributed all season and we’ve got a really good group who know they’ve achieved nothing yet. We’re not interested in what’s happening elsewhere as we know we need to concentrate 100% on our own game.” Uddingston are without Derek Allan whose place goes to Allan Laycock. Dumfries may have little to play for but showed their threat by beating West last week with Alan Davidson claiming 7-9.  

Prediction: Home win 

STIRLING v AYR

Prediction: Home win

RENFREW v DRUMPELLIER

Renfrew secured their premier division status last week while Drumpellier will finish fourth regardless of the outcome today so this is the only match on the card with only pride at stake.

Prediction: Home win

 

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