Mitchell makes sur­prise come­back as lead­ers win


COLIN MITCHELL, the Cly­des­dale man­ager, had a more event­ful day out in Dumfries on Satur­day than he bar­gained for.

In­juries to Akram Shakoor and Mo Afzaal meant that Cly­des­dale were short of field­ers at Nun­holm and Mitchell, who re­tired nine years ago, was called to fill the breach. “I thought it was a joke when the guys shouted from the mid­dle for me to get the whites on but the penny dropped that there was no-one else,” Mitchell said.

“I was in the field for thirty overs while the in­jured guys were off at hos­pi­tal. Mer­ci­fully, I got through it with­out any real cock-ups – though the body is feel­ing it to­day.”

The pain was ul­ti­mately worth it for Mitchell as his side pro­duced a fairly clin­i­cal per­for­mance to win by three wick­ets.

Josh Ed­wards led the way for Dumfries with 95 and Cly­des­dale were left to chase 239 runs. They came out fight­ing with a rapid 36 from Mo Awais be­fore Ma­jid Haq and Richie Ber­ring­ton pro­duced a match-win­ning part­ner­ship of 123.

Else­where, Kel­burne again showed their ti­tle cre­den­tials with vic­tory over de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Ayr. Openers Neil Smith and Andi McEl­nea pro­vided a solid base for Ayr be­fore Kel­burne fought back to dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect.

Ste­vie McLis­ter joined the at­tack to re­move both openers and the visi­tors had an even big­ger boost when Bradley Wil­liams clean-bowled dan­ger-man Len­ert van Wyk for just five and Ayr, at 96-3, were in dan­ger of los­ing their way.

Young­ster Shu­jaa Khan stead­ied them with a com­posed 52no but Zee­shan Bashir claimed three late wick­ets that re­stricted Ayr to a mod­est 217-8.

Bashir then dis­played his all-round skills by an­chor­ing Kel­burne’s re­ply with a solid 46, al­low­ing Wil­liams to seize the ini­tia­tive with a hard-hit­ting 72. Qasim Sheikh weighed in with 39 and, de­spite a late Ayr fight­back dur­ing which Cal­lum Leck claimed three wick­ets, the Pais­ley side reached their tar­get with 10 balls and four wick­ets to spare.

East Kil­bride re­main firmly in the hunt, the Tor­rance House side com­fort­ably dis­pos­ing of Drumpel­lier. Craig Smith (64) Muham­mad Ramzan (52) and Ross Lyons (48) were the main con­trib­u­tors in a to­tal of 244 be­fore Moneeb Iqbal’s four wick­ets re­stricted Drumps to 193 de­spite a fine 87 from Asad Mo­hammed.

Fer­gus­lie, too, still har­bour hopes of ti­tle glory af­ter they proved too strong for West of Scot­land at Meik­leriggs in a 124-run suc­cess.

IN FORM: Ma­jid Haq com­bined with Richie Ber­ring­ton to pro­duce a match-win­ning part­ner­ship of 123

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