West Win at Weirs
By David Hinchliffe
Scottish Cup progression
McCrea West of Scotland progressed to the next round of the Scottish cup after a high-class bowling performance led them to a 9 wicket victory at Albert Park on a warm Sunday afternoon.
A few sets of weary eyes were disappointed with skipper Ian Young calling incorrectly - Weirs electing to bat first on a used pitch, sending West into the field. Rory Kleinveldt,started well. However, Gavin Smith struggled to contain opener Kamran who capitalised on any width offered, cutting Smith for two fours then launching one over midwicket for the first maximum of the day. Weirs continued to bat well with pace on the ball, reaching 46-0 after 10 overs. Young needed a breakthrough and turned to Simon Brown, who continued his brilliant season taking a wicket in his third over – caught by an energetic John Oliver at cover.
That wicket brought skipper Shahid to the crease, and with that brought a change of style from the Weirs batsman. Defensive play and good bowling from Brown and Fennah reduced the run rate dramatically, which led to regular wickets for West. After a good powerplay, Weirs had been reduced to 58 for the loss off 3 wickets after 20 overs, having added only 16 runs since the 10th over. Brown bowled his entire spell before drinks, picking up 3 wickets for only 27 runs – another brilliant performance from the medium pacer.
After the drinks break, Weirs batsman continued to struggle, losing wickets in regular intervals as all of West’s bowlers fired. Weirs were reduced to 93 for 5, hoping to get up to 150 to put some sort of score on the board. That didn’t happen, with Smith coming back into the attack to clean up the tail, taking 2 wickets for no runs off his final 4 overs. Weirs eventually all out for 103, well below par on a flat wicket at Albert Park.
Congratulations to Keiran Chance who after his 5 wickets on debut on Saturday, took a further 2 wickets to finish the weekend with figures of 7 wickets for 38 runs off 14.1 overs: A stellar performance from the young man.
West’s opening batsman of Young and Braithwaite headed straight back out, with 50 minutes to bat before the tea interval. Braithwaite excited the fans on the surrounding banks, dispatching the first ball of Zulfiqar’s over and his fourth, over extra cover and into the nearby river. A new ball was required.
West continued to bat with positive intent, picking up singles while hitting the bad ball to the boundary with the score 52 at the tea interval. Weirs needed wickets after the break.
The wicket did come, with Braithwaite caught sharply in the slips for 29 but it was all too late for Weirs. The victory coming in the 23rd over, West winning by 9 wickets. Skipper Ian Young scored a composed 48 not out off 62 balls including 4 fours and 2 sixes.
McCrea West of Scotland will now travel to Edinburgh to face a talented Heriot's side who sit third in the Eastern Premier Division on 7th July.