Aug 24 2012 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
Ayr Cricket Club beat Clydesdale to win West League Cup
AYR slumped by 34 runs at home to bottom of the table Stirling but on Sunday bounced back to beatClydesdale in the final of the West League Cup.
On Saturday, they batted first and were bowled out for 215 with pro Craig Thyssen continuing his good run of form, top scoring with 90. He got good support from skipper Mark Renny (33) and Like Speirs (37).
In reply, the Stirling innings was heldtogether by opener Josh Edwards who top scored with 70 as the visitors got home with 10 balls to spare.
On Sunday against Clydesdale, Ayr again batted first and posted an impressive 171-2 in their 20 overs, Thyssen again in dominating form with 103 not out which included eight sixes.
He shared an opening stand of 98 with Neil Smith (34) before Luke Speirs joined him to hit a quick-fire 23.
The Clydesdale reply was always behind the run rate thanks to some tight bowling and excellent fielding by the home bowlers as they finished on 126-8 to give Ayr their first silverware of the season.
The under 13s had a mixed week which started with an eight wicket win against Ferguslie. The following night they travelled to Glasgow play West of Scotland where they lost by 25 runs.
The under 15s bowled out Prestwick for 69 with Adam Gordon the pick of the bowlers with 3-6. Ayr then knocked off the runs for the loss of only two wickets with Muhammed Azeem top scoring with 40 not out.
This weekend sees Local Life Ayr away to Uddingston while the Cambusdoon XI entertain Bothwell.
MGM Prestwick, missing a host of players, slumped by four wickets at home to Renfrew to sink to bottom of West Division One.
Kevin Lawler (46) and Gavin Pitt (30) top scored as the Oval men collapsed from 81-0 after 26 overs to be bowled out for 139 after 48.4 overs. Renfrew eased home at 140-6 after 36.1 overs.
Skipper Fraser MacDonald and several other key players were missing. And it will be the same this weekend as former Oval star Alex Bonner gets married.
Prestwick close at home to Kelburne and Ferguslie and need to win them both to be assured of beating the drop.
Lawler said: “If we beat Kelburne and don’t play the following week that may be enough. But winning them both is the only way to guarantee staying up.”
Sunday’s Strathclyde League game at home to Irvine was washed out with Prestwick 120-7 and Gurapreet Singh on 37.
On Monday night, the under 18s beat Glasgowq Accies by nine wickets. Accies made 86-6 (Mitchell Rao 5-24) with Prestwick replying at 87-1 (Rao 46 not out).
Five teams take part in the super eights on Sunday from noon with a bar at the ground and barbecue courtesy of Laurence Hood. Music from Ian Wolfie Macadam.
Teams are Prestwick Cricket Club golf section, holders Glenburn MWFC, Flanagans, St Cuthbert GC and MGM. The event is sponsored by Sharp Building Supplies of Auchincruive.
Fixtures: Wednesday: U18 v Kelburne (h); Friday: U15s v Stirling (a), U11s v West of Scotland (h), sponsored by Reid Quantum; Saturday: 1st X1 v Kelburne (h), sponsored by Brian Rodger; St Ninians X1 v Whitehaugh (a), sponsored by Brysons Car Centre; Sunday: super eights, sponsored by Sharp Building Supplies; Monday: U18s v Poloc (h), U13s v Weirs (a), sponsored by Reid Quantum;