WDCU Cup Round Up
A remarkable Sunday of four Cup Finals on 31st August saw drama, controversy, sensational bowling and one particularly important partnership as the sun shone on the Western Union.
At Albert Park, Clydesdale completed the WDCU T20 double with a solid win over Uddingston.
Having set a target of 124, Zeeshan Bashir excelled with the ball for the second Sunday in a row picking up 6 for 8 in a decisive spell as Clydesdale held off the Uddingston challenge to retain the PlayerRegTM West League Cup.
Earlier in the day at Albert Park, a strong batting show and some fabulous catching helped Active Life to victory in a feisty and, at times, controversial encounter with Uddingston's Queens Park in the Final of the Greenwood Cup.
Kilmarnock completed a cup double of their own by adding the Glasgow Cup to the CS Challenge Cup in a low scoring clash at Langloan.
Despite only posting 103, Kilmarnock's bowling overshadowed their usually impressive batting as they comfortably held Langloan to just 93 and lifted their second trophy in 7 days.
Perhaps the greatest drama came at Glenpark where the Western Union 40 Cup Final saw another pulsating day of ebb and flow as the Forth Valley teams served up a suitable follow up to 2013's superb final.
Stenhousemuir had first use of the Glenpark pitch and posted a useful 192 for 3 in their 40 overs.
Stirling County set off at pace in pursuit but despite racking up 6 an over, wickets fell regularly and they were stumbling at 157 for 8 when Paul Bielby joined Chris Morton at the crease.
The run rate slowed but the batsmen remained steady and Stirling County nudged closer before finally securing a remarkable triumph in the 39th over in front of another healthy crowd in a competition that has certainly proved popular in its first two years.
One incredibly pleasing aspect to be seen at these four finals was the presence of so many representatives from other WDCU clubs at the matches with players from Ferguslie, Kilmarnock, Kelburne, West of Scotland, East Kilbride, Victoria, Ayr, Prestwick, Inverclyde, Motherwell, and Renfrew, along with members of the host clubs and participant teams all enjoying some superb cricket in the Scottish sun.
The WDCU expresses huge thanks to all the match managers, the umpires involved, the host clubs Weirs, Drumpellier and Greenock, and particularly the 8 clubs who provided massive entertainment and drama on a thrilling Sunday.