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