Jun 1 2012 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
AYR Cricket Club are nursing their wounds after a heavy defeat away to Clydesdale.
The home side batted first and were in trouble at 28-2 as opening bowler Scott McElnea took a couple of quick scalps before a sixth wicket stand between Farid and Bashir got their innings back on track.
Ayr suffered a blow midway through the Clydesdale innings when they lost Callum Leck with a broken finger as he tried to take a difficult caught and bowled off Farid.
Clydesdale were eventually bowled out for 212 with Scott McElnea finishing with figures of 6-43.
In their reply, Ayr made a poor start with the early loss of Neil Smith, but a stand of 46 between Andi McElnea (31) and Elliot Speirs (21) gave some hope before an excellent spell of spin bowling from Scottish internationalist Majid Haq (4-10) took the game away from Ayr as they were bowled out for 85.
The Cambusdoon XI scored their second league win as they beat Titwood at home. The visitors were bowled out for 100 with Sada Pali taking six wickets.
The Cambusdoon reply got of to a solid start with Luke Speirs and Ross Mitchell putting on 50 for the first wicket. A flurry of quick wickets saw them needing 20 to win with only three wickets remaining before Sujja Khan (11 not out) saw them home.
The under 11s suffered a heavy defeat away to West of Scotland. Sam Jefferson, with three wickets, was top performer for Ayr.
The under 13s scored 106-7 at home to East Kilbride with Jason Weaver top soring with 30 retired. In reply, East Kilbride were restricted to 67-6 with Lloyd Jefferson taking three wickets.
The under 15s lost away to Prestwick in the Scottish Cup and had a 10 wicket win away to Renfrew as Robbie Henderson (30 not out ) and Jonathan Baines (35 not out chased down the home team’s total of 63.
On Saturday, Local Life Ayr host table topping Dumfries in a match sponsored by Malcolm Renny and on Wednesday are away to Irvine in the West League Cup.
Ayr hope to have South African pro Craig Thyssen available now that he has been granted his visa. The Cambusdoon XI are away to Nunholm on Saturday.
MGM Prestwick crashed by six wickets away to East Kilbride and now sit sixth in the eight team Western First Division with 40 per cent, ahead of only Stenhousemuir and Kelburne.
Prestwick were restricted to 194-9 off their 50 overs with top knocks from Gurapreet Singh (47) and Sikandar Raza (38).
But it wasn't enough as the home side edged home at 196-4. Best scores came from Peter Bocock (78 not out) and Josh Richardson (51).
Earlier, the 1st X1 crushed Irvine by nine wickets in the Rowan Cup. Chasing Irvine’s 117-8 (Craig Morrison 4-14), they cruised home at 118-1 (Willie Rowan 48 not out, Calum Rodger 53 not out).
The 1st X1 beat Poloc in the evening league. Kev Lawler took 3-7 as Poloc made 69-9. Prestwick replied at 71-3 with Ross Patterson (24 not out).
Phil Stafford hit 70 of the St Ninians X1’s 255 all out against Torrance House. Chris Scott made 44 and Nazar Iqbal 36.
David Carlyle took five wickets as the visitors were dismissed for 122.
The under 15s beat Ayr in the National Trophy. Prestwick hit 122-6 (Mitchell Rao 50 retired) while Ayr were restricted to 69-7.
The under 13s made 87-8 against Greenock who replied at 88-2.
Greenock under 18s conceded to Prestwick in the Frank Smith Trophy while Kilmarnock conceded to Prestwick’s Sunday X1.
Fixtures: Wednesday: 1st X1 v Hillhead (a), West League Cup, sponsored by Adam & Co; Thursday: 1st x Clydesdale (h), Rowan Cup; Friday: U15s v Glasgow Accies (h), U11s v Glasgow Accies (a), sponsored by Reid Quantum; Saturday: 1st X1 v Stenhousemuir (h), sponsored by Robert Pitt; St Ninians X1 v The Tryst (a), sponsored by Brysons Car Centre; Monday: U18s v Ayr (h), sponsored by Reid Quantum.