RIYAAD Henry, the Ferguslie captain, claimed his man-of-the-match performance against Clydesdale on Saturday was overdue.
Henry provided crucial runs, wickets and catches as the champions won a rain-affected encounter at Meikleriggs by 49 runs to stay in contention near the top of the table.
The Scotland A all-rounder first top-scored with 45 while Omer Hussain contributed 37 as the Paisley side reached 141-9 from the 32.5 overs that were possible before rain forced a lengthy delay.
Cydesdale having been set a revised target of 148 from 33 overs, Henry then picked up three wickets for just 11 runs as well as producing two spectacular catches to remove Dale’s top scorer Umar Razaq (32) and Scotland star Richie Berrington.
Henry said: “First and foremost it was a great team performance but it’s always a great feeling to contribute – whether as captain or not.
“It’s something I’ve not done enough of so hopefully it can keep going.
“I’d say the catches gave me the most satisfaction as they were the result of a build-up of pressure through very tight bowling and sharp fielding by the whole team so the bowlers deserved something good to happen.
“We all know what an incredible player Richie is and he is normally the one doing things like that in the field so it was nice to get him that way!
“Having said that, Clydesdale have a fair few other players who could have chased that target but the bowling and fielding was some of the best I’ve seen from us.”
Ferguslie remain in fourth place, a little adrift of top two Uddingston and Prestwick who were both frustrated by the weather.
Uddingston might well have been on course for victory against Drumpellier, having bowled out their derby rivals for 97 at Langloan, while Prestwick had made 177 at Stirling but neither game reached a conclusion.
West of Scotland maintained their challenge in third place by ending Poloc’s recent winning run at Shawholm.
In another rain-reduced affair South African international Rory Kleinveldt starred with bat and ball, top-scoring with 47 as West reached 147-6 before a thunderstorm forced the players off.
Set a revised target of 138 from 15 overs, Poloc were rocked when Kleinveldt’s double strike reduced them to 7-2 and the home side fell 15 runs short in their quest for a fourth consecutive win, despite a battling 49 from captain Craig Young.
As the season entered its second half Greenock finally had cause for joy, breaking their duck at Torrance House at the expense an East Kilbride side who remain winless.
Wickets were shared around as EK were dismissed for 140 before an unbroken third-wicket stand of 73 between Saurabh Bandekar (40no) and Neil Flack (37no) carried the visitors to their DLS target of 119.