The Clydesdale Bank 40 roadshow came to Uddingston last Sunday as the Scottish Saltires faced the Welsh Dragons.
Despite some terrible weather in the lead up to the match, Paul Hoffmann had the ground looking in tip-top condition for the start of play, in no small part thanks to 6 hours spent on his beloved '180' cutting the outfield to perfectly match that of the hallowed Lords turf.
After a 15 minute delay the Scots were invited to bat first by their visitors and soon Josh Davey was back in the sheds, falling LBW to 2005 Ashes hero Simon Jones. Uddy captain Calum MacLeod was resolute at the other end though while Ryan Flannigan at number 3 helped the Scots to 25-1 in 6.5 overs. Jones had been extracting some lightning pace and steep bounce from Hoffmann's wicket (some say the best ever seen in Scotland), at one point forcing the Welsh keeper to leap high in the air to take a ball above head height!
The 35th ball of the occasion was to be the last though as an increase in windspeed and the rain brought the umpires together and to the conclusion that the conditions were not suitable for cricket. This brought an audible groan from the crowd as well as some disappointment from both teams as they had been keen to continue if at all possible.
This was not to be the end of the sporting drama for the day though! Calum MacLeod, well known for his support of Manchester United thought all his dreams had come true as the reds seemed destined for the Premier League title, but it was not to be as the City side, assembled at a fraction of the cost of the United superstars, stormed back in extra time in their match to wrestle the title from their rivals grasp! MacLeod was seen to be almost in tears at the final whistle though whether this was due to the football or having been denied the opportunity to bat on a 'belter' of a wicket is yet to be decided...
This week sees 4 matches in the Uddy calendar!
Wednesday sees the Villagers take on their East Kilbride, including Josh 'Plug - Huh?' Johnston, before taking on Glasgow Accies on Thursday in a re-arrangement of last week's postponed fixture. West of Scotland provide the opposition on Saturday in the CSL West before CB40 action returns on Sunday and the Hampshire Royals visit the BCP!