CRICKET club convenor Stuart Nye hailed Ferguslie’s first team for the way they fought right to the end during their latest outing in the SNCL First Division.
The Meikleriggs side returned to the bottom of the division in the wake of Saturday’s defeat away to Forfarshire.
But Nye believes there is true grit in the team as they came very close to pulling a tremendous result out of the bag.
Forfarshire set an impressive target of 278 for the loss of five wickets and the ’Lie had a tough task in chasing such a score.
Ferguslie, though, did manage 255 for the loss of eight wickets in a rain affected game.
But the disappointing defeat does not tell the full story surrounding the Paisley side’s performance.
Nye said there were some great displays, none more so than that of Indian batsman Pravanjan Mullick.
Ferguslie’s top order batsman kept up his impressive run of form and offered his side a chink of light by smashing home another impressive score, hitting 116. And Stuart Kennedy also chipped in with a very useful 64.
Unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough to prevent the visitors from going down to a 23-run defeat.
Nye said: “There were some very good performances with the bat but our bowling wasn’t great.
“It was a rain affected game and, even though Forfarshire scored more than 270, to get quite near that target in reduced overs of 47 does say a lot about our team.
“We had a partnership of more than 150 from Pravanjan Mullick and Stuart Kennedy.
“It’s got to be said that, while we are disappointed with the defeat, we are really encouraged by the batting in our side.
“We put up a really good fight and we had players at the crease still believing that we could win the game.
“It’s very easy in those circumstances to just give up but we didn’t do that.
“We fought right to the end and that’s very positive.”
Meanwhile, Ferguslie completed their West of Scotland Cup round robin campaign with a healthy six-wicket victory over Ayr at Meikleriggs on Sunday.
Although the Buddies cannot qualify for the latter stages of the tournament, there is still plenty to be optimistic about for the remainder of the domestic campaign.
Ayr set a target of 223 but Ferguslie completed their mission with four overs to spare.
The highlight was the performance of Mullick, who bagged nearly 100 runs, while John Rooney hit 47 not out and Gavin Mories, brother of club skipper Alan, chipped in with 37.
Nye said: “Pravanjan is such a prolific scorer. People at the club are beginning to say he’s the best overseas player we’ve had for several years.”