WDCU Update - Rowan Cup and rain
A miserably wet and dismal Saturday led to the cancellation of 21 matches in the WDCU as the league’s got off to a sadly familiar start under leaden skies.
The one point of relief was an absolute thriller on the CSL Western Premier Reserve League's north-easterly edge at Stirling County where the hosts welcomed visitors from Bothwell.
Williamfield had first use of a typically decent home track but were indebted to Ian Shaw with 44 and Adnan Akram's unbeaten half century in compiling 192 all out in the 49th over. Bothwell's veteran skipper Sandy Bawa was as dependable as ever with the ball in taking 4 for 45 and the equally experienced Eddie Hambley weighed in with 3 for 12.
Bothwell set off in pursuit but struggled against Simon Lambert (5-27) and Mubarak Ali (3-24) who shared 8 wickets between them. However, Bothwell were held together by their captain's all-round excellence as he compiled a stylish 50 to add to his earlier wickets. The excitement and tension rose and with two balls left, all three results were possible but Stirling made the final breakthrough and claimed a thrilling 4 run success.
This week, weather permitting, Scotland's premier T20 competition gets underway in the west with the 1st round of the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup.
The world's oldest T20 competition will kick off for the 91st successive year with 14 CSL clubs entered, along with Kilmarnock and Glasgow Accies representing the WDCU Premiership. Indeed, Accies will host the most intriguing tie of the round with their young and exciting side hosting the might of West of Scotland at New Anniesland. Accies players have performed admirably in both recent WDCU select teams and they will hope to put West under pressure on Thursday night.
Holders East Kilbride face a trip down the M77 to 2012 West League Cup holders, Ayr, in the WDCU equivalent of the T20 Super Cup, while high flying Drumpellier, and their ex-Renfrew stalwarts, facing Sai Majeed and his team who will need no encouragement to perform well. Kilmarnock will also look to continue their impressive recent cup record but will not find things easy at powerhouse Uddingston.