Partick beat Shawholm
By David Hinchliffe
Partick continue push to retain the Prem Reserve title.
Stand in skipper Jesse Mills won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat despite the grey conditions. This decision seemed injudicious when he nicked behind for 3 and was followed next ball by Galloway leaving Partick reeling at 7-2. Things looked better as Shah and Coats combined for a 90 run stand taking Partick past the hundred mark, Coats scoring 44. The pair were assisted by a large number of wides from a range of bowlers, the 8 used giving up 69 between them.
Coats fell but a number of decent partnerships formed between Shah, who made 46 and the middle order though noone reached double digits. Rain took the players off in the 43rd over and when play resumed after an early tea the final flourish was applied by Sutherland who scored 27 before Partick were bowled out in the 47th of 48 overs for 237, a score reckoned to be par by the longer lasting batters.
After a quick turnaround play resumed, before being swiftly interrupted again by some unexpected visitors at the bottom end. Toby Gardiner took advantage of this break in play to have one opener caught behind next ball, and Graeme Etheridge took no time in resuming his love affair with playing against his old club. A series of hooping inswingers reduced Shawholm to15-5 and the match seemed dead and buried.
A strong partnership between Siddiqui and skipper Sajjad game some impetus to the Shawholm innings but the required rate continued to grow as Partick's middle over bowlers kept it tight, particular credit goes to Sutherland and young Robbie Walsh on Partick debut who bowled two impressive spells, picking up 8-2-33-1: a maiden wicket with many more to follow.
Sutherland's first broke the important partnership, having Siddiqui LBW before Etheridge returned to complete an impressive five-fer and Gardiner finished the game off: Shawholm 154 AO off 44.1, Partick win by 81 runs (DLS).