|28/05/2012 - U18s Continue Good Form as Nic Pyne notches 61* against Glasgow Accies|
Drumpeller 129-0, 20 overs (N Pyne 61*) beat Glasgow Accies 85-8, 20 overs (B Mazzucco 33 - H Sabri 4-7) by 44 runs
Drumpellier U18s appeared in jovial spirits as the team conducted themselves well to make it two wins out of two and a second big score in two for Nic Pyne
Captain Abdul Sabri won the toss and elected to bat on the same wicket that was used four days previous, and which had dried out considerably since its last outing.
Nic Pyne recieved a promotion up the order to open the batting with wicket keeper batsman Kerr Davidson, and the two set about the Accies attack in a ruthless fashion, or rather the Accies attack imploded, bowling 24 wides as the pair took an unbeaten stand of 129 with Pyne hitting a spirited 61, Davidson, who didn't have much of the strike, was left not out on 19, in an innings where 49 extras were bowled.
Abdul Sabri and Ayyaz Qasim opened the bowling and quickly had the visitors reduced to nothing for one, with Qasim making the breakthrough in the second over, removing Russell for a duck. Dhruv Satpute provided some resistance though and accelerated onto 26 before he was trapped LBW by Humza Sabri.
With the key man undoubtdly gone, Ben Mazzucco gave the Drumps attack something to think about as he notched a quickfire 33 consisting of six fours, but he was soon removed as he was caught well at backward point by Dominic Boon, off the bowling of Jordan Pryde. Irfan saw four batsmen come and go for ducks as the Sabri brothers ripped through the middle order, with Humza taking 4-7 and Abdul 2-16.
Drumpellier now take on Uddingston in a local derby at Langloan in the league in one week time.
(Once again thanks to Sue for scoring and Naz for umpiring, really appreciated)
26/05/2012 - West in control as Drumps 50 Over Woes Continue
McCrea FS West of Scotland 179-6, 50 overs (D Lockhart 59) beat Drumpellier 155 all out, 47.3 overs (R Yousuf 30; I Cran 3-18, S Leggat 3-56) by 24 runs - report by Kerr Davidson
Drumpellier's profiligacy in the 50 over format of the game took another turn on Saturday as they were bowled out 24 runs short of their victory total, set at 179 runs by McCrea FS West of Scotland in their CSL West Premier Division opener.
Stand in captain Alistair Rawlinson won the toss and elected to field on a charateristically slow Drumpellier wicket as West set to work on setting a target.
Wicket keeper Ian Young was the first to be dismissed, caught behind for just seven, as Craig McDonald showed that he had the class to bowl at Premier Division level. Gratified was the faith shown in him, as he removed Jatinder Singh for three, with the total standing at 29. A partnership between Scotland U19 starlet Andrew Umeed and former national batsman Douglas Lockhart of 65 went some way to steadying the ship before the former was removed by Rashid Yousuf, making his Drumpellier debut, for 25. Lockhart, however, continued with the partnership building as he and Anjan Luthra went on to form 60 for the fourth wicket, before Lockhart was eventually removed for 59 by captain Rawlinson, and Luthra followed suit soon after as he was run out by Asad Mohammed for 27. West skipper Ross Brown fell victim to Nazar Hussain proficient bowling for just seven, leaving ex-Scotland seamer John Blain and Stewart Leggat not out on nine and six respectively.
After teas, Drumpellier may have felt comfortable in chasing down 179, with the goal of restricting the Partick outfit to 220 reached. Asad Mohammed and Gordon Shaw opened up, and Mohammed was back in the dressing room soon after making five before being bowled by Gavin Smith. Nazar Hussain retired hurt on 13 before returning when Shaw's wicket fell for 24, caught behind by Young off John Blain, and Hussain went on to fire 21 when he was eventually removed by Iain Cran, in the first of his three scalps. Chris Keltie came and went for nothing as he fell to Stewart Leggat and Alistair Rawlinson tipped five as he was caught by brilliantly by Douglas Lockhart in the covers off the bowling of Blain. Rashid Yousuf fell after a stand of 21 with Stephen Allison, falling to Cran, caught by Lockhart, for 30, with Allison following for 15 as Young helped Cran to his third wicket. Coenraad Horn came and went for one as Young again put his hands to good use from Leggat's bowling, but an unlikely cameo between Craig McDonald and Abdul Sabri helped nudge the hosts back into contention, before Sabri was run out in confusion for 12. Darren Pryde managed to hit six runs before he was bowled by Leggat, leaving McDonald not out on 11.
Drumpellier now look forward to a West League Cup feud with fiercest rivals Uddingston, a team boasting no less than five former Drumpellier faces, on Wednesday evening, with the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup Quarter Final being played away to Albert Park outfit Weirs on Thursday evening.
Points Awarded: Drumpellier 0, McCrea FS West of Scotland 10
25/05/2012 - U18s edge Kelburne in Frank Smith Trophy tie
Drumpellier 121-6, 20 overs (N Pyne 45* - G Milliken 3-24) beat Kelburne 115 all out, 18.1 overs (Bryson 33 - N Pyne 6-25) by 6 runs
Drumpellier U18s emulated their older counterparts with a six run victory over Kelburne in the Frank Smith Trophy.
Captain Abdul Sabri, who was a part of the 1st XI who emerged victorious 24 hours previous, won the toss and opted to bat, as the match started with Drumpellier having nine men, and Kelburne fielding six as transportation had deviated from the planned route.
Kerr Davidson opened the batting with the younger of the Sabri brothers, Humsa, facing a bowling attack featuring Gavin Milliken who featured in the defeated side the night before. Davidson was dismissed for 9, bowled through the gate by Milliken with the score standing at 18. And Humsa followed soon after for 4 falling to the same bowler before Milliken went on to claim his third in Ayyaz Qasim a ball later. Abdul Sabri and Nic Pyne then shared a handy 23 run stand before the former was caught mistiming a drive off the bowling of Bryson for 17. Nathan Allison and Pyne then went on to a partnership of 36 which proved to be key before Allison was caught again off Bryson for 18. Darren Macey provided some support to Pyne before he was caught off the bowling of Geddes for two but Fraser Hamilton maintained the challenge, backing up Pyne as he eased on to 45 before the close, with Hamilton not out on two.
Abdul Sabri and Ayyaz Qasim opened the bowling for the hosts and it was the later who struck as he took tempted Jak O'Connel into a big one which was palmed to Nathan Allison. Euan Herr was then caught by Qasim off the bowling of change bowler Humsa Sabri for 4 before Nic Pyne came on to bowl, claiming the first of his six wickets with Mark Geddes edging one to 'keeper Kerr Davidson, for three, which was held on the second attempt of asking. Adam Gilmore was back in the hut soon after as Pyne removed his stumps for a duck before the young left arm seam bowler took the off stump out of the ground to remove Ross Arbuckle for 22. Andrew Bryson provided some resistance as he watched Jordan Stevenson and Gavin Milliken come and go for five and 0 respectively, before he was bowled by Pyne trying to go for a big one that wasn't there. Lucas Farndale and Michael Woods did their best to get to the victory target, but it was in vain as Woods was bowled by Humsa Sabri for 0 leaving Farndale not out on 5.
"It was clear that we were in trouble with out batting early on," said victorious captain Abdul Sabri, "but I was delighted to see Nic Pyne and Nathan help us out of that bad spot and to be honest he carried us through to the end with his six wicket haul. But credit must go to all of the nine men on the field who put in a brilliant performance to stave off a strong team, it was great to see the youngest players through to the most exprienced stepping up to the plate, from Dom Boon with his fielding and encouragement all through the game, to the older heads in the team in myself and Kerr with his wicket keeping and my economical bowling. We now need to look on to the next game and get a result from Monday night's game against Glasgow Accies which will give us a confidence boost ahead of the next round at home to a tough Ayr side.
The youngsters will now open their league campaign with a clash against Glasgow Accies at Langloan, before facing Ayr in the next round at Langloan. If they win that they will have an away trip to either Prestwick or Poloc, the failing point of last season's Frank Smith Trophy bid.
(A big thank you to Sue Pyne for scoring the match, and to Naz for umpiring)
24/05/2012 - Drumpellier avenge Kelburne blues with win in Rowan Cup
Drumpellier 123-9, 20 overs (G Milliken 3-25) beat Kelburne 115-5, 20 overs (O Hussain 30, I Bennett 35) by 8 runs (Murgitroyd Rowan Cup) - report by Kerr Davidson
Drumpellier set out at a sunny Langloan to maintain their 100% Twenty20 record this season, whilst getting one back on their conquerors three weeks previous in the Scottish Cup.
And they did so with the help of young guns Abdul Sabri and Jordan Pryde, with a wicket a piece, and some quick hitting at the top of the order.
Having won the toss Graeme McLaren put his side into bat, and looked comfortable until the skipper knicked one to wicket keeper Jak O'Connel. Chris Keltie added just three before he was bowled by Kelburne captain Willie Allan.
But a helpful partnership of 31 between opener Asad Mohammed and Alistair Rawlinson put the hosts back on the front foot, before Asad Mohammed was bowled by Gavin Milliken for 25. Rawlinson followed not long after with a useful 23 off 24 balls, bowled by Milliken and caught by Steven McLister.
Wickets continued to fall with Stephen Allison the next to feel the wrath of Milliken as he was caught by Dutch international Muhammad Kashif in the deep for 4, and Mahmood Aziz was caught by Omer Hussain off the bowling of Kashif for 15. Abdul Sabri also came and went in the space of a single ball, caught by Steven McLister for a golden duck.
Fellow South Africans Craig McDonald and Coenraad Horn had a late rally as their chemistry really showed with the latter adding 12 to the score before being dismissed by Alex Miller, but McDonald held on to stay not out on 8, with Darren Pryde run out on the last ball for 1, as Drumps closed on 123 for the loss of nine men.
Willie Allan and Omer Hussain opened up for the visitors but their partnership lasted only 20 minutes as Allan found himself back in the clubhouse after he was removed by current U18 captain Abdul Sabri, but Hussain accelerated to 30 before he was bowled by former U18 captain Darren Pryde with the total standing at 76.
And things descended for Kelburne as Ian Bennett was caught LBW by U15 captain Jordan Pryde for 35. Craig McDonald then grabbed the prized wicket of Muhammad Kashif as the Dutchman was bowled by the Zulu for just 5.
With Kelburne needing 14 runs off the last over the ball was handed to McDonald, things couldn't have been tighter after they got five off the first half of the over, and after two delivieries slid down for leg side wides nails were being bitten.
But McDonald came up with the goods to bowl a dot off the last and hand Drumpellier the victory they needed to progress in the tournament.
Drumps will now face Weirs in the quarter final of the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup.
16/05/2012 - Pro Hits The Spot as Drumpellier sweep Stenhousemuir aside
Stenhousemuir 151-7, 20 overs (E Nagel 67*; AM Rawlinson 3-27) lost to Drumpellier 162-2, 20 overs (N Hussain 79, A Mohammed 43) (West League Cup) - report by Kerr Davidson
Drumpellier continued their West League Cup form with a win over Stenhousemuir at an overcast Tryst.
Having lost the toss, Drumpellier's opening pair Asad Mohammed and Nazar Hussain took to the middle looking to continue their good batting performances. Runs have came easily to them with both batsmen already having attained half centuries.
And they did so with Asad Mohammed falling just seven runs short of his 50 off 41 balls as he was caught by Greg Halcrow in the deep from the bowling of Shaz Rafiq, trying to go for a maximum, in the 16th over with the total standing at 116. Naz Hussain managed to get his half century and accelerated onto a measured 79 from 67 balls before being bowled, again trying to hit a piledriver, by Rafiq.
Captain Graeme McLaren also hit a quickfire 24 from 11 balls and Chris Keltie came in at the tail end to take one run off the one ball he faced, with Drumpellier ending their innings on 162 for 2 from their 20 overs.
Drumpellier bowlers then entered the fray with Alistair Rawlinson getting the wicket of opener Shaz Rafiq and then taking Stenhousemuir's pro and captain for six, thank to a catch from Kerr Davidson, making only his second 1st XI appearance.
Naz Hussain then removed Amir Shahzad who knicked the ball to Stephen Allison behind the stumps for 26. Iain McDonald was the next to fall for 17 as Gordon Shaw took a back-pedalling catch to give Chris Keltie his first wicket.
Craig McDonald then bowled Chris Halcrow for six, before Hussain removed Ross Jones for one and Rawlinson taking Greg Halcrow, lbw for 1, leaving Etienne Nagel unbeaten on 67 and Robert Angus also not out on 0.
Drumpellier now welcome Kelburne to Langloan in the rescheduled Rowan Cup game on Thursday night, however it is very much dependant on the weather overnight, before playing Stirling County again at Langloan on Satuday.
Points Awarded: Stenhousemuir 0, Drumpellier 2
05/05/2012 - Depleted Drumps face Scottish Cup doom as they fall to classy Kelburne
Drumpellier CC 128 all out, 41.4 overs (A Mohammed 50; M Kashif 4-22, D Wylie 3-5) lost to Kelburne 210-8, 50 overs (D Wylie 41, M Kashif 40*) - report by Kerr Davidson
Kelburne travelled to Coatbridge on Saturday to take on a Drumpellier side and made the game of cricket look easy, despite a spirited half century from Asad Mohammed.
Drumpellier were without captain Graeme McLaren, as well as missing Gordon Shaw and Rashid Yousuf, with Mahmood Aziz keeping his place from midweek's West League Cup win over East Kilbride; Josh Allison, Craig McDonald and Coenraad Horn coming in to the line up.
With professional Nazar Hussain, stand in captain Alistair Rawlinson and young Abdul Sabri the only recognised 1st XI bowlers the strain soon showed, as Kelburne accelerated to 210 for the loss of eight wickets from their 50 overs.
And Drumpellier weren't helped in their reply as opener Stephen Allison was out cheaply, quickly followed by professional Naz Hussain.
But a partnership was building between Chris Keltie and Asad Mohammed, with the latter making his fifty with the aid of a runner.
Alistair Rawlinson pitched in with a quickfire 24 before getting out, with the remaining batsmen coming and going for a paltry four or five.
Drumpellier welcome Kelburne to Langloan again in the Rowan Cup on Thursday 10th May, with Graeme McLaren and Gordon Shaw expected to return and Rashid Yousuf a doubt.
Points Awarded: Drumpellier 0, Kelburne 2
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02/05/2012 - Naz takes centre stage as Drumps triumph in West League Cup clash
Drumpellier CC (103-4, 18 overs - N Hussain 52*) beat East Kilbride (83 all out, 17.4 overs - AM Rawlinson 4-13, N Hussain 3-21) (West League Cup) - report by Kerr Davidson
Drumpellier finally got their competitive season started on Wednesday as they beat East Kilbride in a thrilling match at Langloan, with professional Nazar Hussain hitting a measured 52 not out, as well as taking impressive figures of 3-21 with the ball.
Having won the toss, Drumpellier elected to bat on a clasically slow Drumpellier wicket, an element which would later be crucial. The innings started quietly with both Asad Mohammed and Naz Hussain rotating strike nicely before the former was given out LBW.
Things went from bad to worse for the Langloan outfit as influential captain Graeme McLaren was caught by Scottish international Ross Lyons for 4, and Chris Keltie followed soon after for 10, this time caught by Peter Bocock off the bowling of Lyons.
The arrival of Mahmood Aziz to the crease helped to steady the ship as he hit 14 runs with a one hundred per cent strike rate before being ran out by that man Lyons.
Hussain then turned on the style, smashing two maximums in the last three overs whilst rotating the strike with veteran Stephen Allison to fire Drumps to 103 for four wickets.
In a similar style to the first innings, Drumpellier started bowling quietly, with the partnership of Peter Bocock and Ross Lyons generating pace. However talismanic spinner Alistair Rawlinson soon broke the team by removing Bocock, leg before wicket for 15 runs.
Wicket keeper batsman Craig Smith was next to feel Rawlinson's wrath as he followed suit with Bocock and was out LBW for 13 before young starlet Abdul Sabri forced Lyons to go big without success, as he was caught by McLaren for 13.
Harinjeet Singh was next to come, and go, as he was caught brilliantly by Hussain for 8 off Rawlinson, before Rawlinson bowled East Kilbride captain Umair Saeed around his legs, in a quite extraordinary spell of bowling; the slow, grassy pitch definitely a factor.
Joel Richardson added six runs before being bowled by Nazar Hussain who came into his own as the team heaped pressure on the tail enders, with Umair Khan, Gavin Meikle and Andrew Kampman not troubling the scorers. Tom Richards was stumped by Stephen Allison off the bowling of Chris Keltie as East Kilbride fell 21 runs short of their victory target.
Drumpellier will host Kelburne on Saturday in the revamped Scottish Cup while the 2nd XI travel to St Michaels on Sunday in the Western Cup.
Points Awarded: Drumpellier 2, East Kilbride 0