Kirkstyle secured a hard fought draw in the top of the table clash with Hamilton Crescent at Scott Ellis Park, sponsored by Gillespie & Anderson Chartered Accountants, on Saturday.
After winning the toss Captain Walsh opted to bowl first. With a depleted bowling attack and a man missing in the field a lot rested on the shoulders of Colin Doyle (2-47) & Blair Dearie and as ever the prolific opening partnership delivered. Crescent were reduced to 31-5 after 10 overs but fought back to post 252-7 from 50 . Drew Campbell, Tabassum & Johnstone had no luck against an exceptionally strong lower order. Dearie the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 5-45 from his 10 overs. Credit must go to Kirkstyle, they stuck to the task ans never let their heads drop. Walsh & Campbell both took 2 stunning catches each.
Alun Johnstone (27)& Andy Neil (2)looked to get the run chase off to a positive start but it was obvious very early on that 253 was going to be too big a total to chase for the depleted line up from Kilmarnock against a strong, accurate bowling attack.
Tabassum (57) batted sensibly and gave the score some credibility.
With 16 overs remaining Walsh (12 not out) came to the crease with survival the name of the game. When Tabassum fell, with 5 overs still to play, Dearie came out and set the tone in his first 2 balls with a solid forward defence followed by an exaggerated leave.
Walsh & Dearie saw the game out without offering as much as a sniff of a chance.
Kirkstyle closed on 124/4.
The draw ensured Kirkstyle remain unbeaten at the top of the league and they will be looking to continue the run away in Dumfries next weekend