Kilmarnock 480/7 beat Anniesland 31 all out by 449 runs.
By Steven Mckay
Kilmarnock put a Transitioning Anniesland to the sword
Records were broken, maiden centuries were scored and Killie moved to second in the league after a one sided encounter against a brave Anniesland side who played with smiles on faces throughout the match.
After winning the toss, Niamat Ali decided to have a bat on a wicket that looked fit for a premiership match.
Killie got off to a flyer, with Paulo Flanners (35) and Abid Shuja (27) punishing anything loose. The run rate was consistent throughout the innings and despite the odd wicket, Killie looked set to post a big total.
Munir Ahmed (78) and Captain Rana Niamat Ali batted with skill and determination, as they carried Killie through to drinks on 212 for 3. A couple of wickets from Q Qayyum (3 for 96) briefly halted the momentum, as some of the Killie middle order are still striving to find some form. Ali was brutal on anything short and smashed some towering sixes on his way to a maiden century for Kilmarnock, finally falling for 112.
Waleed Iqbal looked to capitalise on the momentum and accelerated the run rate in the final ten overs as he found the boundary with ease. Along with Tariq Farooq (50 not out), Waleed powered to his maiden 50 for the club before accelerating to his maiden century, finishing on 107 not out.
To highlight the brutality of the stroke play, 110 runs came from the final 6 overs, with Tariq bringing his 50 up with the final ball of the innings.
Kilmarnock finished on 480 for 7, which is a new club record. Mention must go to the Anniesland attack who battled bravely despite the challenges that faced them.
After the tea break, Kilmarnock got off to a flyer, with Tom McFadzean continuing his form with the new ball. He got the ball to talk at pace, causing problems for all of the batsmen. Targeting the stumps, he removed one of the openers first ball, before removing the other one lbw a couple of overs later.
Alexander Gibson (2 for 23) was given the new ball after his heroics last week and he also continued his wicket taking form, picking up a couple of scalps. One fortuitously from a full toss, and the other with an excellent piece of swing bowling.
S Ghorela (17) and C Leslie (11) punished some loose bowling, but didn’t last long as Anniesland were dismissed for 31, with McFadzean finishing with 4 for 6 from his spell.
The margin of victory was 449 runs, another club record and certainly gives the players momentum moving forward. However, with Anniesland struggling for players, KCC hope that they are able to come out the other side of this period of transition.