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Encouraging pre-season chase [posted 23/04/17]
Skipper Lewis James reports from New Cambusdoon, "At 140 for no loss after the first nineteen overs of the day, a comfortable win looked a foreign prospect for the boys travelling to Ayr for what was for most of the team, the first outing of the season.
"After losing the toss, Shawholm were asked to have a bowl on what looked like a firm but green wicket (on further inspection it turned out to be a road). Ayr had raced to 54 for 0 after the opening bursts of Ishtiaq and Graeme Etheridge [Ed: on 'Loc debut] finding the outside edge of Aussie "Overseas Amateur" Crawshaw on two occasions but both going down at first slip. When spin was introduced into the mix the run-rate began to increase rapidly as 'set' batsman Crawshaw opened up and caned Gary and LJ to all parts.
"However, after Crawshaw departed for a brutal 90, caught in the deep by CJ off Sobo, things began to change. 140 for 0 became 141 for 2, 147 for 3 and 153 for 4 as tight spells from Sobo and Rohail Gilani [Ed: another 'Loc debutant] created pressure, and pressure equalled wickets. After a late flurry from Bandari, Shawholm were set a target of 222 in 40 overs. Sobo had returned figures of 7-1-19-3, and Rohail's 7-1-28-2 were also decent.
"After a quality Ayr tea, Abdullah and Sobo were tasked with seeing off the opening bowlers for the 'Loc. And this they did,.....and some. Batting with a plan of getting to 30 overs with wickets in hand and evaluating then, Abdullah and Sobo had chancelessly cruised to 114 for no wicket, after twenty overs, when Abdullah fell for a well made 54. And just like the first innings it was a case of bang-bang as Sobo departed for 38.
"However, unlike their opponents it was not panic stations just yet. The old head of Dr Uzzi steadied the ship with a composed 43 not out. Usman was helped along by Graeme who hit a cameo 36 batting at number five, his departure leaving CJ to come in and seal the victory with five overs to spare.
"A good win then to prepare us for what will be a tough encounter against Meikleriggs next week and pleasing to chase down a total with smart batting, executing our plans. Onto next week!"
Man of the match: SMS Shah
Match cancelled [posted 15/04/17]
Sunday's second scheduled pre-season match, away at "Henry Thow Oval" against Prestwick, has, like today's first pre-season match against Clydesdale, been cancelled. Next Saturday's away match at the "The Grange" against Grange will, therefore, be the season-opener.
Match cancelled [posted 13/04/17]
Saturday's opening pre-season match, away at "Titwood" against Clydesdale, has been cancelled, the early April weather not allowing for the preparation of a suitable wicket. Sunday's away match at the "Henry Thow Oval" against Prestwick will, therefore, be the season-opener.
Pre-season fixtures [posted 13/03/17]
We've added another fixture to the pre-season match programme, agreeing to play against Prestwick CC, at Henry Thow Oval, on Sunday the 16th of April.
Pre-season matches [posted 17/01/17]
The club is busy organising pre-season friendlies with season 2017 now only three and a half months away. Fixtures agreed thus far are Poloc XI games against Grange away and Uddingston at home on the weekend on 22 and 23 April 2017, and a Shawholm XI game away at Ayr on Sunday 23 April. The full global fixture schedule, 2017, can be found online here.
Other fixtures 2017
Poloc and Shawholm XIs