Aug 3 2012 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
WORRIED Prestwick Cricket Club are hoping home advantage can pull them to safety.
Four of their final five games in the Western First Division are at the Henry Thow Oval and these will be crucial.
Skipper Fraser Macdonald said: “We need to win at least one game to be safe. It’s frustrating because this is the wettest summer I can remember in 10 years.”
Macdonald admits it is ‘highly unlikely’ that pro Sakindar Raza Butt will return from Zimbabwe due to the length of time in him obtaining a visa.
The visit of Poloc became the latest casualty of the wet summer, leaving Prestwick again kicking their heels.
But the St Ninians X1 managed action away to Shawholm, running up 137 with Macdonald hitting 69. The home side chased it down for the loss of five wickets.
The under 15s lost their UK showdown at home to Penrith but were hampered by the loss of Mitchell Rao who was on Scotland duty away to Durham.
Prestwick made 58-8 with James McCrae hitting 16 but the visitors eased home off the last ball of the 12th over with all wickets standing.
The under 11s ran up 123-3 against Glasgow Accies with Sam Cole (26) and Callan Turner (22 not out) the main men. Cole then took 5-10 and Turner 3-6 as Accies were skittled. Earlier, the under 11s beat Ayr in a rearranged game.
The under 18s had to concede Monday night’s game away to Forth Valley because they couldn’t raise a full team.
Fixtures: Friday: U15s v Renfrew (h), U11s v Weirs (a), sponsored by Reid Quantum; Saturday: 1st X1 v East Kilbride (h), sponsored by Prestwick Cricket Club golf; St Ninians X1 v Torrance House (a), sponsored by Brysons Car Centre; Monday: U18s v Kelburne (h), U13s v Drumpellier (a), sponsored by Reid Quantum; Tuesday: 1st X1 v Clydesdale (h).
Ayr’s game away to Greenock was abandoned after only six overs with the Cambusdoon men on 31-1.
Earlier, Ayr beat the same team by 50 runs in the West League Cup semi-final at home last Wednesday.
Ayr got off to a great start with Neil Smith (35) and Craig Thyssen (49) putting on 88 for the first wicket. After they were out, Callum McLaughlin (28 not out) kept the runs flowing as Ayr finished on 148-6 from their 20 overs.
In reply, Greenock lost regular wickets and only South African pro Sekhoto (51 not out) making a meaningful score. Andi McElnea continued his good run of form with the ball as he finished with figures of 4-17 as Greenock finished on 98-7 and Ayr ran out winners by 50 runs.
The Cambusdoon XI had a narrow victory at home to Glenpark. The visitors were bowled out for 82 with most of the damage being done by in form juniors with both Robbie Henderson and Shujja Khan taking three wickets.
In reply, the Cambusdoon men made life hard as some poor shot selection cost them a number of wickets, with most batsmen making a start before getting out. But they made it over the winning line for the loss of eight wickets.
The under 11s beat Poloc by 78 runs at Cambusdoon while the under 15s game against Greenock was abandoned after heavy showers thwarted their attempt to chase down the home team’s total of 45.
This weekend sees Local Life Ayr at home to league leaders Clydesdale while the Cambusdoon XI are away to Titwood.