Renfrew arrived at Inverleith hoping the wicket would be better than on previous occasions, unfortunately these hopes were shortlived as the wicket was green and spongy as it normally is, with rain also being forecast for about 4pm it was going to be a crucial toss to win.
Renfrew skipper Sai Majeed called incorrectly again and lost, the SMRH skipper Greg Bisset put Renfrew into bat.
Renfrew openers Ahmad Said and Kashif Pervez looked as if they would continue from last week in reaching a big 1st wicket partnership but unfortunately Kashif was caught at point after being dropped earlier in the same position for 21 in the 11th over with score on 34, a disastrous batting collapse followed with Ahmad Said being really unlucky when playing a forward defence the ball taking an inside edge onto his pad and agonizingly rolling onto the stumps dislodging the bails. He departed for 9 with the score still on 34, followed by Mohammed Ramzan in the next over clean bowled for 0 with score unchanged on 34. Their was a brief fightback from Anjum Aslam and Zia Ul haq before they too perished for 11 and 8 both lbw, taking the score to 53 and then 56 , Mohsin Majeed followed without troubling the scorers for 0. Abdul Shakoor and Kamran Saeed added 16 before Saeed was caught behind by the wicketkeeper for 3. The score now at 72 for 7 the pressure was on the remaining Renfrew batsmen to try and at least put a total on the scoreboard which would give the bowlers a fighting chance. Skipper Majeed was now out in the middle with Shakoor and with 19 overs remaining , Shakoor was starting to turn the tables on the SMRH bowlers hitting several boundaries and forcing field changes and putting SMRH on the back foot, he took one chance too many and was caught for 22 at mid on trying to loft it over the mid on fielder. The score was now 90 and Imtiaz Uddin strode out to the wicket with his last innings being 50 not out, he took on where Shakoor had left off sharing in the highest partnership of the innings, 43 with Majeed before Uddin was bowled for 28 including 3 fours and a six. Babar Khan was last man out on 5 with 6 overs still remaining and Majeed stranded on 12 not out. Renfrew reached a total of 139 in 44.1 overs.
Renfrew were very positive they still had a chance to win this game but before they could even start, it got worse as it started raining after tea , the players eventually took to the field whilst it was drizzling, Renfrew got the early breakthrough they needed with skipper Majeed clean bowling A.Shaw for 4 with the score on 8 in the 4th over, it was difficult for the Renfrew bowlers, bowling with the wet ball and it got worse with heavier rain leading to the teams coming off returning about 20minutes later giving a revised Duckworth/Lewis target of 131 in 43 overs for SMRH. It was becoming harder for the bowlers with the heavy outfield making the ball heavier and damper, it did not help with the bowlers bowling too short resulting in a succession of boundaries. It was not until the 24th over with the score on 98 that the next wicket fell of S.Parker for 43 bowled by M.Ramzan,K. Pervez followed with removing G.Bisset lbw for 47 with the rain having stopped and the ball becoming easier to bowl with the Renfrew bowlers Ramzan and Pervez causing problems for the new batters but it was all two late with SMRH hitting the winning runs to victory in the 35th over winning by 7 wickets.
The conditions yet again against SMRH went against Renfrew, but the batsmen did not help by having a poor shot selection and did not bat with the responsibility shown by the SMRH batsmen. We would hope a lesson has been learnt and more responsibility is shown for the upcoming games.
Sundays Scottish Cup game against Dumfries has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and persistent rain it is rescheduled for the 29th of May, Renfrew will entertain Prestwick at home in a Murgitroyd/Rowan Cup game on Tue, weather permitting.