Western Premier review

05 Aug

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Stirling skipper Graeme Taylor hailed a “remarkable” performance as his side broke their duck while delivering a hammer blow to Drumpellier’s title hopes. 

Having bowled out their rivals for just 48 on a minefield of a track at Langloan, Taylor’s men went on to complete a seven-wicket victory – enough to lift them off the foot of the table. 

“It was a remarkable victory,” said a delighted captain. 

“To bowl a team out so cheaply is one thing, to bowl a team like Drumpellier out so cheaply is something else. 

“Ollie Sutton and Ross Gelderbloem set the tone with their opening spell and anyone else who was asked to bowl came on ready to go and backed them up.

“We knew we had to get the ball pitched up on that wicket and the bowlers executed the plans. 

Drumpellier skipper Graeme McLaren was the only home batsman to reach double figures as Stirling took a grip on proceedings from the start, Gelderbloem removing the top three batsmen.

Ollie Sutton chipped-in to dismiss the Mohammed brothers, Asad and Zaheer, before Richie Carswell arrived to match Gelderbloem, mopping-up with three wickets for just two runs.

Gelderbloem’s fine day continued with a positive 28 as Stirling reached their target inside ten overs.

Taylor added: “When we went out to bat Ross took it upon himself to set the tone and make sure we didn't scratch around and lose wickets with next to no runs on the board.

“It's obviously an important victory for us as we are at the bottom end of the table, but it's even more vital given that Renfrew and Ayr both lost as it gets us above Ayr and drags Renfrew back into the mix.

“It gives us a platform to build on for the last four games now.”

Stirling’s success spells serious danger for Ayr who were comprehensively beaten by rejuvenated Clydesdale at Cambusdoon. 

Safyaan Sharif led the way for the visitors with his second century in the last fortnight, the Saltires all-rounder hitting 116 in a total of 220-4. 

Pakistani professional lent support with a half-century before Ayr’s stand-in skipper Neil Smith led the reply with a battling 54.

However, Scott McElnea was the only other home batsmen to offer any resistance while four visiting bowlers claimed two wickets each to seal a 54-run win.

Clydesdale may still have one eye on the title especially since leaders Uddingston suffered their first defeat of the campaign. 

The Bothwell men were outplayed at Hamilton Crescent where Dave McNulty and John Blain shared seven wickets to dismiss their visitors for just 137. 

Uddingston did fight back with six wickets but Dylan Pinkstone’s 56 proved decisive. 

Renfrew failed to get the win they wanted to secure top flight status, going down by 97 runs on D/L in a rain-hit match at King George V Playing Fields.

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