Shawholm lose out in low-scoring game

Partick made the short trip over the river from their eponymous home to take on Shawholm this afternoon.  And after a week of rotten weather, Adam Richardson had miraculously presented the ground in great shape, and the day would be blessed with fine weather.  The visitors, after winning the toss, decided to insert their hosts, and so Shawholm batted first.  And the Partick skipper’s choice seemed genius as the home side struggled from the get-go.  32 for 5 was bad, but it turned out it was actually pretty much par, as the second five wickets generated only 1 more run.  Extras, in particular wides, comfortably top-scored, as only Usman Baig, with 14 (48), got in to double figures.  65 all out, including 19 in wides!  And as if to reinforce his decision to insert Shawholm, Partick skipper Sandhu helped himself to figures of 9-3-12-4.

66 to win then.  Surely the runs would be knocked off quickly, and at least everyone would get in to watch the FA Cup final?  At 34 for 4 it wasn’t quite so clear who might prevail, though the rate of dismissals certainly meant that Wembley’s 4.45pm kick-off didn’t looked like being missed!  Aasim Khurshid, as seven days previously against Bothwell, had ripped out the opposition top order.  Last week it was the Bothwell top three, today Partick’s.  He’d finish with 3 for 22 in seven overs, but would be challenged for the bowling plaudits by Hamaad Anwar who bamboozled the Partick middle order with his off-spin, returning figures of 5-4-1-2.  Remarkable.  But, and despite losing two more wickets (Hasan Rafiq grabbing the other one), Partick would get across the finish line in the 24th over, to run out four-wicket winners.

The combined scorecard read 131 for 16 in just 50.4 overs – bonkers really!  [Scorecard]