This’ll be a short report, and reading might just about take as long as the ‘Loc batted for in tonight’s thumping by Langside in the latest McCulloch Cup group stage match. “Albert Park” was the venue for the latest southside derby of the season, and after the toss it was the home side batting. And from the get-go, the batters were on top. Ahmad (28) put on 72 for the first wicket with home skipper Hafeez. Ahmad’s departure – caught Calum James, bowled Saad Salim – didn’t seem to affect Hafeez however as he motored on, through his half century, before eventually being bowled by Ahmed-Raza Hanif for 82, 18 runs shy of his hundred. Throw in a cameo 32 not out from Esakhiel, batting at four, and the home side had racked up 154 for 3. 155 to win.
Well, theoretically at least. Because at it turned out that Langside had, in fact, scored three times as many runs as were required. The ‘Loc batting line-up simply folded. No-one got in to double figures, or, indeed, past 7! And only 16 runs in extras saw the ‘Loc finish with a total starting with a 5! 53 all out in under twelve overs. Horrible. [Scorecard]