Week 2 CricHQ Cup Review
The predicted rain stayed away and the CricHQ40 Cup took further shape in a cold West on Saturday and remarkably, with only one round of matches remaining the fight for places remains open with 13 of the 16 still in with a hope of qualification for the Quarter Finals.
Poloc’s Craig Young will look forward to joining up with the Reivers squad for the North Sea Pro Series after a traumatic fortnight for the young skipper’s side. Fresh from a miserable batting performance against Clydesdale last week, things look so much better as ‘Loc restricted Renfrew to just 140 and strolled to 102 for 1 and the cusp of victory, and then the wheels came off. Shahid Abbasi picked up Malcolm Nofal and from then on there was a trail of destruction and misery as Poloc subsided to 132 all out. Veteran Sai Majeed and Abbasi were the tormentors-in-chief as Renfrew bounced back into contention for the CricHQ40 Cup. Ferguslie will be bitterly disappointed to have made only 88 against Clydesdale who went on to win by 5 wickets.
Uddingston defeated Drumpellier by 5 wickets at Langloan and secured a guaranteed home match in the Quarters. Only Reivers’ Graeme McLaren stood in the way of the Uddy attack and Scott McKenzie in particular. McLaren’s 39 helped the Coatbridge side to 108 as McKenzie took 4 for 16, but that total was never enough to seriously trouble Uddingston on a decent track as they coasted home for the loss of 5 wickets. Stenhousemuir chased down 190 at Glenpark to secure and impressive win after their disappointing performance with the bat last week.
Group C remains in the balance although Dumfries have one foot in the Quarter Finals after defeating Ayr at Cambusdoon. Batting was tough at the Ayrshire venue as Dumfries posted only and attritional 119 for 7 in 40 overs with Scott McElnea and Eliot Speirs particularly miserly. Davie Davidson’s 35* proved invaluable though as Ayr stumbled to 72 all out. Only Neil Smith, another Reivers selection, impressed with 34 but his team-mate in the matches against the Dutch Pro side, Niall Alexander, picked up 4 for 14, and another 4 wickets from Alan Davidson was enough to see Dumfries triumph. East Kilbride bounced back to form after Peter Bocock and Syed Irfan Shah rescued them from a stumbling 84 for 4 to get up over 200 and Prestwick never recovered from the early loss of 5 quick wickets as they fell for just 62.
Kelburne and Stirling County were successful as Group D finally took to the field. Scott Hamilton helped rout Weirs for 52 by taking 5 for 14 and the Whitehaugh boys sprinted to the target in just over 10 overs. Stirling County made 155 in their 40 overs at Hamilton Crescent but it was enough as West came up 17 runs short.