East Kilbride batsmen remained glued to the crease tonight as 8 of them perished to some good slow bowling by Greenock. EK fought back in 2nd innings.
On a surprisingly good evening weather wise, EK won the toss and surprisingly opted to bat first on a dampish green track. The EK batsmen were in generous mood ,as they gifted Greenock U 13s' 8 wickets ,all clean bowled, by remaining static in the crease and watching the stumps being hit.
The Greenock bowling was accurate but not hostile, and if EKs' batsmen had shown some basic batting skills on the night,several wickets would have remained intact. Greenock however ,accepted the gifts and had captured 9 EK wickets after 20 overs.
As EK took the field for the Greenock innings ,attitudes had changed, as the EK opening bowlers ,C Edmond and T Turner charged in with accuracy and hostility, backed up by some excellent fielding and in no time Greenock were reduced to 14 for 5 .The EK openers took 2 wickets apiece supplemented by a sharp run out by F Belmore.
The question was could EK' s secondary bowlers keep up the challenge.Alas no, as the Greenock opener scored a sound 19 NO supported by their number 7 batter.
This was Jekkyl and Hyde performance by the EK team.
After such a poor batting non performance ,they showed terrific fighting spirit in the second innings and for a while Greenock did not know what had hit them.,
The fielding was very good ,led by some excellent long barrier stops by C McCann ,who stopped everything in his path.T Turner also fielded well ,with 2 excellent catches.
Despite a couple of misfields, C Blackwood had a good match behind the sticks and was top scorer with the bat.
Some serious basic batting practice is needed by the whole team, after which I am sure that elusive win will be obtained
|Total||for 9 wickets, 20 overs||49|
|Total||for 5 wickets, 12 overs||51|