Scott Mackenzie did his chances of a Scotland call up no harm after destroying the Fauldhouse batting line up on his way to incredible figures of 6-18 off 8.1 overs.
The veteran Uddy seamer has been one of the more consistent and exciting performers in the domestic scene over the past decade, yet has been surprisingly overlooked for representative honours.
Fauldhouse lost the toss and were sent in by new Uddy skipper Calum Macleod
, who showed maturity beyond his years in an impressive showing of on-field leadership at the beautifully manicured Castle Policies.
The West Midlothian outfit were on the backfoot from ball one, as MacLeod and Ricky Bawa
made inroads. Bawa was visibly upset during his spell and found it tough without his former new ball partner Hoffmann at the other end. However, he did not let his sorrows affect his form, as the miserly seamer bowled an astonishing 8 overs for just 2 runs, with a couple of wickets for good measure.
came on in place of MacLeod at the Pavilion end and despite a rusty first couple of overs, the youngster displayed good wheels and was only hit for one biscuit. Infact, the radar measured one of his deliveries at an impressive 84.5mph that smacked violently into the gloves of Bryan Clarke
. Clarke had to call for some extra padding as a result.
However, the star of Uddy's attack was the unflappable Mackenzie. In one amazing over, the lanky quick took 3 wickets in 4 balls as the Scottish selectors took notes. With Scotland's pace bowling stocks limited by a spate of injuries, Macca may well be knocking on the door after this polished performance.
Uddy were set a modest D/L target of 81 for victory and Macleod decided to open with Hoffmann and Amir Gul. The two Uddy stalwarts tried to go ballistic, but were slightly pegged back by the disciplined Fauldhouse attack.
Hoffmann was first to go for a stylish 16, caught at long on. MacLeod came on and showed why he's arguably Scotland's most dynamic batsmen, sweeping and stroking his way to a majestic 20 before being outfoxed by the Fauldhouse left arm spinner.
In a dramatic twist, rain halted play with Uddy needing just 18 for victory. The rain pelted down for a good hour, but relented for a brief moment, allowing the play to continue. Needing 2 to win under the revised D/L, Allan MacLeod
was out for a quack, but Gul held his nerve and whooshkared a boundary to ensure Uddy get their Scottish Cup defence off to a successful start.