WDCU - Week 2 Review

26 May

Andi McElnea, the Ayr captain, admitted to mixed emotions after his side fought out a thrilling tie with Renfrew at King George V Playing Fields on Saturday. 

Initially downcast, McElnea was eventually able to settle on the positives after a game which saw both teams retain their unbeaten records. 

He said: “Immediately after the game it felt like a defeat because you look at the wee things you could have done that could have got you over the line. 

“But on reflection we can take a lot of positives because there were times when it looked like we might lose.” 

That was no more the case than, with his side chasing Renfrew’s 216-6, they lost their ninth wicket with fifteen runs still needed. 

However, Callum Leck and Matthew McClymont showed great composure in the most tense of situations to guide Ayr within a run of victory. 

They had needed three off the final ball but had to be content with just two and a share of the spoils. 

McElnea and Neil Smith had put on 90 for the first wicket as Ayr looked like racing to victory. 

The skipper top-scored with 54 but the visitors were pegged-back by some tight Renfrew bowling particularly from Imran Adrees who did most to bring the hosts back into contention. 

Earlier, Shahid Abassi carried his bat for a brilliant unbeaten century as Renfrew looked to build on their opening day win over Drumpellier. 

The Reivers batsman, though, did benefit from a couple of dropped catches and McElnea added: “These are the things you look back on and realise you have to improve on for the next game.

“But take nothing away from Abassi – he took advantage of the drops and batted beautifully.”

Elsewhere, Sammy Zia was the star of Uddingston’s comfortable 80-run win over West of Scotland at Hamilton Crescent. 

The champions went into this match seeking to make amends after their opening day defeat at Ayr and things got off to the worst possible start when they lost Amir Gul in the first over. 

However, Zia was joined by Gautham Rai and Matt McEwan in partnerships of 53 and 48 as the Bothwell side fought back impressively. 

McEwan, whose 29-ball 36 included three towering sixes, looked like taking the match away from West until he was unluckily run-out at the non-striker’s end thanks to Dave McNulty’s athletic deflection. 

But Zia, a former UAE cap, went on to dominate the remainder of the innings with a well-crafted 97 as Uddingston posted 211-9. 

He looked set for three figures until the inside-out shot over the offside field which had brought several of his nine boundaries also brought his undoing when he spooned a simple catch to Ross Brown off Gavin Smith. 

West’s reply never really got off the ground as wickets fell at regular intervals, Jon Newell and John Blain offering most with 28 and 24 while five Uddy bowlers each claimed two wickets.

Elsewhere, Richie Berrington marked his Clydesdale debut with a half-century as the Titwood club flexed their muscles with a commanding win over top flight new boys East Kilbride. 

Con de Lange also reached fifty while Majid Haq opened the batting with 45 and Muhammad Awais provided the final flourish with three maximums in his 21-ball 40 to propel Dale to 237-8. 

De Lange completed a fine all-round performance with four wickets and Zeeshan Bashir had three as the Torrance House side stuttered to 110 all out. 

Drumpellier suffered a heavy 89-run defeat at Dumfries where Peter Lojszczyk top-scored for the hosts with 40 of his team’s 157 tally. 

Patrick Druce then claimed 5-25 and Niall Alexander 4-21 as Drumps were bundled out for 68.

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