WDCU Update - Western Cup
On what became a chilly and breezy Saturday, the Western Cup threw up a couple of minor shocks. Inverclyde of the WDCU Championship travelled to a CSL Premier ground at Deanpark to soundly defeat the home side by 38 runs in the biggest upset of the day.
Newly promoted Helensburgh were mightily impressive in piling up 288 for 6 on the back of Richard Lewis making a century at home to Glenpark who crumbled in the face of such a daunting target to be 65 all out.
Kilmarnock travelled to The Tryst and continued their resurgence of recent years after impressive cup and league campaigns in 2012. In a thrilling finish to a match that saw 9 ducks, it was veteran Niamet Ali who took Kilmarnock to a narrow 6 run victory with 5 for 15.
Irvine's new signings impressed as they crushed Premiership rivals Galloway by 233 runs, former Galloway professional Sachin Choudhary rubbing salt heartily into the visitors wounds with a century.
Over in Rothesay, a delayed start saw a reduced overs match set off frantically with Glasgow University 97 for 7 in 15 overs, but old head Frank Johnstone and diminutive Rao Habib added 73 as they posted a healthy 170 all out in difficult conditions. Early wickets saw Bute in trouble and only Guy Crichton's fluent match-high 39 took Bute to 60 all out.
In the all-CSL Reserve League matchups, Titwood and Williamfield defeated lower ranked opposition but Shawholm hosted Cambusdoon and chased down 160 with a couple of overs to spare, Will Robinson starring with bat and ball.
Hillhead and GHK defeated Championship rivals Vale of Leven and Motherwell respectively, with Partick also achieving full points.