DOMESTIC CRICKET ROUND-UP
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.