Uddingston win 2013 CS Trophy

26 Aug

Calum MacLeod on his way to 85Tunnock’s Uddingston claimed an 88 run victory over local rivals McCrea FS West in the Cricket Scotland Trophy Final.

After winning the toss West of Scotland elected to field first in sunny conditions at the New Williamfiled ground as part of a cup final double-header on Sunday.

West made the early breakthrough in spectacular fashion, with the score on 24, when Derek Allan attempted to fend off a short delivery by former Scotland seamer John Blain, only to see ‘keeper Dylan Pinkstone take a diving one handed catch down the leg-side.

Things soon got worse for Uddingston when Gavin Smith picked up the wicket of Aamir Gul after Blain took a comfortable catch on the boundary with the score showing 37/2.

Scotland batsmen Calum MacLeod then showed his class as he entered the fray, and together with professional Ras Priyadarshana the pair put on a superb century stand. MacLeod survived a huge caught behind appeal when attempting a reverse-sweep but the umpire remained unmoved.

Pryidishana was in fine form hitting seven fours and six as he recorded a run-a-ball 59 before being caught and bowled by the leg-spinner Richard Cox.

MacLeod though looked to make the most of his opportunity as he took an aggressive approach, hitting seven fours on his way to helping his side to set a more than defendable total. He did however fall 15 runs short of a deserved century when he was given out LBW.

Gowtham Rai and Nick Martin were able to play with freedom after a solid foundation had been made, and the pair hit some big sixes as Uddingston concluded their innings on 293/9.

West knew it would be a difficult total to chase and, after losing Jatinder Singh for 2, Uddingston had the wind in their sails.

However, Pinkstone and Gregg Watson set about the bowling. The duo put on 73 runs for the second wicket before Vassu Reddy made the breakthough when Pinkstone was caught behind by Clarke for 43.

Leggat and Lockhart soon perished and with that so did their teams chances of winning the CS Trophy. Watson was a one run short of his half century before he was caught by Reddy from the bowling of Sammy Zia.

Reddy shone with the ball and claimed a five-wicket haul when he trapped Sandhu in-front for 4, leaving the score on 115/7.

John Blain compiled an unbeaten 63, and although Uddingston had several opportunities to finish the game quickly, a number of dropped catches meant West would reach 200 before Gilchrist was the final wicket to fall allowing Uddingston to celebrate  a convincing CS Trophy win. 

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