DO­MES­TIC CRICKET ROUND-UP

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re­spec­tively, but it was another young­ster, Niall Ma­cLeod, who top-scored. Ma­cLeod, the younger brother of Scot­land and Durham star Calum, re­sponded to a mid­dle or­der wob­ble by hit­ting an un­beaten 44 as the Both­well men reached 206-8 from their overs. Few would have con­sid­ered that enough, but Ud­dingston had their tails up when Adil Raza re­moved Neil Smith and Michael Papps early on. “There was a feel­ing that we were 40-50 runs short after Ayr’s big to­tal last week, but, after Adil got Papps and Smith, we con­trolled things and I didn’t see a bad ball bowled,” said Clarke. Else­where, the day’s big game may have been de­layed by the ef­fects of Fri­day’s rain, but there was no damp­en­ing the mood of Fer­gus­lie, now top of the table, after their nar­row win over cham­pi­ons Cly­des­dale at Meik­leriggs. In a match re­duced to 23 overs, Fer­gus­lie were in­debted to Mishkal Ram­sa­roop whose 56 saw them reach 112-6. The cham­pi­ons looked favourites at the half­way stage and that re­mained the case as Con de Lange stroked three bound­aries in his 34. How­ever, the Pais­ley side pressed hard and Hamza Tahir’s 3-29 helped se­cure a tense seven-run win. Kel­burne were left to rue missed op­por­tu­ni­ties against Dum­fries as they ap­peared to hold the up­per hand in both in­nings. Robert McBride’s 33 and cameos from Alan David­son (21) and Niall Alexan­der (19no) helped Dum­fries re­cover from 55-6 to reach 140-8. Alexan­der then had four wick­ets as Kel­burne col­lapsed from 56-2 to 91 all out.

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