Mark Colman reports, “After a lot of work by ground staff and parent helpers, following the torrential rain on Saturday, the ground at Kilmarnock was declared fit for play. Ayrshire won the toss and asked North Glasgow to bat on a wicket which had been covered and played very true throughout, albeit on the slow side.
“Haider Iqbal (Kilmarnock CC) made the breakthrough in the fourth over, bowling Rayn Sheikh (Glasgow Accies CC) after the North Glasgow opening pair had got off to a decent start. Nari Bhandari (Ayr CC) couldn’t quite replicate the devastating opening over in his last game, and took himself out the attack after two overs to rotate the bowling among the team. This paid dividends as Ayrshire bowled very tidily for most of the innings, with wickets being shared around. Jamie Kerr (Ayr CC) took three wickets in four balls across two overs, and all catches were taken.
“The North Glasgow batsmen tried to play big shots too early in their innings, and against accurate bowling this did not succeed. Wickets fell regularly, and they were all out for 50 to the last ball of the fifteenth over. None of the batsmen really got going after the fall of the first wicket.
“In reply, Ayrshire started cautiously against a very accurate opening attack from North Glasgow. Indeed, the first ten overs only saw one wide bowled, which is commendable at this age group. Iqbal fell to a good ball from Max Cull (Glasgow Accies CC) for 3, and together with Fatima Gardee (Glasgow Accies CC) and Rory Paterson (Glasgow Accies CC), North Glasgow kept things very tight, with the score only reaching 15 for 1 after ten overs.
“However, Ayrshire knew that they had a relatively low score to chase, and had batting in hand. Adam Docherty (Ayr CC) injected some urgency, while Dylan Neil (Irvine CC) continued to play the anchor innings at the other end, before opening out to hit a couple of good boundaries. A few wides from the change bowlers added to the total, and despite another burst from Cull, who bowled Docherty, Ayrshire got over the line quite comfortably to win by five wickets with three overs in hand.
“The bowling attack of both teams impressed the coaches, whilst Dylan Neil showed good application and patience with the bat to guide Ayrshire home. Both sets of players were delighted to beat the weather and get a game of cricket.”