Friday’s matches

Wet weather claimed a few victims this evening, as localised downpours put paid to a number of league games.  Matches that did beat the weather however saw wins in the Under 11 League for Kilmarnock CC, Ferguslie CC and Glasgow Accies CC.  Kilmarnock CC’s win came in the Ayrshire derby against Ayr CC, the match at Scott Ellis Field sering the home side win by 45 runs.  Ferguslie CC’s victory was a closer affair, their 18-run success over Stenhousemuir CC again resulting in a home win.  A win “on the road” did, however, take place at Bothwell Castle policies where Uddingston CC went down to defeat against Glasgow Accies CC, the Glasgow side securing a 32-run win.

In the Under 15 League, two matches were washed out, two survived, the survivors being games in Ayr and Paisley.  The former saw the Greenock|Helensburgh combined side run out winners over hosts Ayr CC, the home side being dismissed for just 65, a total their visitors passed, six down.  In Paisley it was also the visitors who secured the win, Stenhousemuir CC defeating the combined Ferguslie|Kelburne side, but only just, the winning margin a solitary run.  For the winners, Calum Grant’s 27 and 3 for 21 were important, as was Kai Reed’s remarkable spell of 3-2-1-4!  Lucas Laing’s 4-1-7-1 also contributed to the stranglehold applied to the combined side’s ultimately unsuccessful run-chase.  This had looked certain to be successful when Cameron MacLean (33) and Shazad Ahmad (38) had taken the Ferguslie|Kelburne combined team to 104 or 3 after twelve overs and needing just another 11 runs to win.  However in a remarkable final eight overs, Stenhousemuir somehow restricted their opponents to 9 runs as they took seven wickets to secure the win.  The Greenock|Helensburgh combined team’s win at New Cambusdoon was an altogether less dramatic affair, Ayr CC being bowled out for 65 thanks to Tom Forrest’s 4 for 7, and Liam McCahill’s 3 for 3.  The combined team then chased down their target inside fifteen overs, for the loss of just six wickets.