Kirkstyle travelled to Glenpark on Saturday and claimed a vital victory in a tense encounter.
After overnight rain, (some of which managed to get onto the pitch) the toss was vital. Glenpark won and quickly put Kirkstyle into bat.
Alun Johnstone (32) & Sandeep Dhaliwal (43) made a fantastic start. Waiting patiently for the bad ball they reached drinks at 85 without loss.
With a score of 200 now the target Dhaliwal looked to move the score on until he was bowled. Johnstone fell not long after bringing Gareth Walsh (13) & Asghar Ali Tabasum (28) together. They pushed the score on with some great shots down the ground until Walsh was caught in the deep off a rank full toss.
Steven Mckay (31) kept up his fine form and as ever ran like a man possesed, when Tabasum fell Steven Rice came to the crease and although he only scored 5 off the bat his running with Mckay really put pressure on the field. Both sacrificed their wickets in the hunt for quick runs and it was left to Drew Campbell ( 10 Not out) & Jack James Brian Hurford (2 not out) to see the innings to a close on 189- 6.
A challenging score on a pitch that wasn't the easiest to bat on.
Glenpark showed their intent early with the young opener hitting some booming drives off opening bowlers Blair Dearie (2-61) & Colin Doyle (1-29).
Glenpark were well up with the rate until mystery spinner Tabasum came on and turned the screw. He bowled 10 overs straight through, taking 1 wicket for 5 runs. Only 2 runs came off the bat from his 60 deliveries.
Campbell (2-37) kept pressure on at the other end and pickes up vital wickets.
With 6 overs remaining all 3 outcomes were possible. 40 runs 35 runs needed with 4 wickets in hand.
Dearie came back into the attack after his expensive earlier spell and bowled like a man with a point to prove. He picked up 2 wickets in his final over to swing the game back in kirkstyles favour.
Mícheál Riise returned to the attack and took a wicket with his first ball pinning the batsman on his back foot half way up middle. Inexplicably he then broke protocol and rather than listen to his captain his next ball was a loopy wide full toss that landed on the next pitch. A few "stern words" later and Rice ended the game, knocking back the tailenders middle stump to stun the large Greenock crowd into silence.
A fantastic all round team performance which has been the way for Kirkstyle all season but Man of the Match went to Tabasum for his ridiculous spell of spin bowling. When asked after the game about his master class Tabasum simply said:
" well you know, they couldn't pick my Doosra, they shouldn't of scored 5 from me, 2 of them were not wides"
In 2 weeks time Kirkstyle travel to Bees with promotion firmly in their sights.