Sep 7 2012 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
SKIPPER Fraser Macdonald hailed spin twins Mitchell Rao and Calum Rodger as Prestwick Cricket Club pulled off a last day escape from a relegation play-off.
The sweat went right to the wire as rain forced their final match to a Duckworth Lewis verdict.
Rodger led with 52 as Prestwick collapsed from 80-2 to 134 all out at home to Ferguslie.
The visitors were then set a target of 125 off 41 overs. But after looking in control at 70-2, they came up short at 107-8 with Rodger taking 3-19 to seal victory by 18 runs.
The win allowed Prestwick to overtake Kelburne whose game against Renfrew was abandoned.
Macdonald said: “Ferguslie were looking good until our spinners changed the game. Mitchell bowled eight overs for 13 runs while Calum bowled 10 great overs and took three wickets.
“It was a sticky wicket but we bowled brilliantly and held our catches.
“The season has proved that we need hired help. We only had a pro for six weeks but now the committee will sit down and see what can be done for next term.”
Prestwick’s season went downhill when pro Sikandar Raza Butt returned to Zimbabwe due to visa problems.
The under 15s never repeated their earlier good form as they struggled to 23 all out against Carlton in the Scottish Cup semi-finals at Stenhousemuir on Sunday. Carlton took only four overs to get the runs without loss.
The under 11s beat Clydesdale home and away to clinch their league and now meet Greenock in a decider.
The under 18s beat Kelburne by 47 runs on Monday night. Mitchell Rao (39) and Samantha Haggo (30) helped Prestwick to 103-6. Kelburne were held to 56-6 with James Pettigrew taking 4-23.
Heavy rain midweek at Uddingston led to Local Life Ayr’s last league game of the season being cancelled at lunchtime on Friday to leave them mid table.
The slightly drier weather during the week in Ayr allowed the Cambusdoon XI to complete their season with a match against Langloan.
Ayr were bowled out for 117 on a damp pitch, skipper Niall McCrossin top scoring with 68 not out. Despite a decent bowling performance by the Cambusdoon men, Langloan cruised to victory for the loss of only five wickets.
The under 18s qualified for Sunday’s Scottish Cup finals day at Stirling by beating Uddingston by nine wickets. Uddingston were restricted to 26-9 in their 10 overs, a total Ayr reached in four overs.
The only other junior game to beat the weather was the under 13 match against Poloc who batted first and were restricted to 68-4, a total Ayr reached for the loss of five wickets. Harry Lynch top scored with 29.
On Sunday, Cambusdoon played host to the ladies Scottish Cup finals day. In the first match, Ayr lost to Glasgow Accies who went on the beat Dumfries to claim a place in the final against Stirling who beat George Watsons. This was a close match with Stirling going on to win by six wickets.
Prestwick’s Samantha Haggo was in the Accies team.