CSL Western Review
Western Premier Division
An amazing capitulation by Clydesdale, an explosive return to action of former Saltires star Ross Lyons and a first win for West of Scotland made for a remarkable day in the Western Union on Saturday.
And, at the end of it all, the biggest winners may well have been leaders Ayr whose match at Drumpellier was rained-off!
To Titwood first were a rather laboured Uddingston innings eventually ended on a modest 143-9, Gowtham Rai top-scoring with 39 while Mo Ali was again Clydesdale’s standout bowler with three victims.
It looked like a breeze for Dale when openers Con de Lange and Mo Awais plundered 58 runs from the first seven overs.
However, Uddingston’s New Zealand professional Matt McEwan applied the brakes with a blistering spell that reduced the hosts to 81-5.
The match swung back in Clydesdale’s favour when Sam Page and Lyle Hill added 51 for the sixth wicket.
At 132-5, the game was in the bag but a second spectacular collapse saw the last five wickets fall for just seven runs as Uddingston prevailed by four.
McEwan claimed the bowling honours with 6-21 but Ricky Bawa’s three scalps included the crucial ones of Page and Hill.
Bryan Clarke, the winning captain, declared: “We showed the sort of fight that won us the league last year.
“It was a great effort from the lads and Clydesdale crumbled as the pressure grew.
“Matt bowled as well as he has for us and really showed his class but Ricky’s second spell was a special effort.
“He’d taken a bit of stick from Con de Lange at the start so to come back and claim 3-3 from three overs was fantastic. Guys take Ricky for granted but he’s still as clever a bowler as there is in the league.”
The defeat dents Dale’s title hopes and there was a similar setback for Renfrew who were on the receiving end of a heavy defeat at East Kilbride where Lyons stole the show.