Semi-final berth booked

West of Scotland were tonight’s visitors to “Shawholm”, making the short trip over the Clyde for a Rowan Cup quarter-final tie.  And, likely, they made the trip confident of success given the ‘Loc‘s horror show less than 24 hours previously in the McCulloch Cup.  Being the Rowan Cup it was coloured-kit time too, the ‘Loc‘s black kit reflecting appropriate mourning after being skittled for just 53 by Langside.  Winning the toss, the visitors had no hesitation in batting first, eager, no doubt, to put pressure on their hosts by making them chase again.  But, unlike yesterday, the ‘Loc bowlers started well, and picked up early wickets.  Mills (9), Malik (1), and Oliver (6), all went cheaply, leaving Australian “Overseas Amateur” Colgan with work to do.  And after Spensley (5), batting at five, also came-and-went quickly, it was left to Colgan (26) and Strachan (31*) to try and post a defendable total.  Colgan departed having made 26, being one of Sufian Ali’s four wickets, Ali bamboozling the “Hamilton Crescent” batters from the Burrell End.  106 for 8 was the eventual total, McNulty’s 15 (14) providing some late-innings momentum to get his side into three figures.  107 to win.

The run-chase started well too: Hunnain Sohail and Calum James raced out of the traps, stroking a flurry of boundaries, and had put on 21 before Sohail (14) miss-pulled a Smith short ball, and departed caught at mid-on.  James then added 34 with Ali, again the two scoring quickly.  They were separated when James (24) also holed out, this time Smith was the catcher off the bowling of Dutia.  55 for 2.  There then followed a bit of a wobble, as 55 for 1 became 66 for 4, Ali (15), Fahim (6), and Mallichan (8) all returning to the hutch.  But would the wobble see the ‘Loc stumble and fall short of their finish line?  Answer: no.  Mohammad Chaudhry (27*) steered the good ship PCC safely to a semi-final berth, Hasan Rafiq (0*) at the other end, the winning runs coming in the final over, Chaudhry carving Smith through extra cover for 4.  108 for 5, and a win by five wickets.

So what a difference a day makes.  A good win, in a game that had a tense finish.  And a semi-final tie against Ferguslie secured.  [Scorecard]  [YouTube recording]