KELBURNE Cricket Club dominated with bat and ball away to Drumpellier as they left themselves nicely poised in their Scottish Cup qualifying group.
An 82-run victory over the hosts puts ’Burne in a strong position at the halfway point of the group stage.
At a very cold Langloan, Kelburne skipper William Allan won the toss and elected to bat.
The Buddies got off to a perfect start with openers Andy Robin and Scott Hamilton taking the score to 52 without loss in the 14th over.
Robin and Hamilton did well to shut out the threat of Drumpellier’s overseas quick bowler.
And, with some wayward bowling at the other end, they were able to lay a solid foundation before Hamilton departed for 14.
After this, Kelburne suffered a double blow when Steven McLister quickly followed, adjudged LBW and Kelburne were 55 for 2 in the 15th over.
This brought new recruit Omer Hussain to the crease and immediately signalled his intentions with a couple of powerful fours as he looked to impose himself on the opposition attack.
Hussain and Robin were able to take the score to 78 before Robin departed for a hard-working 22.
Hussain and first team coach Matt McMillin then set about building a partnership to put Kelburne back in control and took the score to a comfortable 103 for 3 off 25 overs – before Hussain and McMillin departed in quick succession to leave the innings delicately poised at 103 for five.
Douglas Wylie and Mohammed Kashif set about steadying the innings and mixed caution with aggression to form a vital match winning sixth wicket partnership of 92 to take the score to 195 for 5 in the 47th over – before Wylie departed for 41.
Kelburne finished on 210-8 with Kashif scoring an impressive and well-constructed 40 not-out which held the innings together and again displayed the strength and depth that ’Burne have in their line-up.
Kelburne were assisted by some haphazard bowling from the home team who conceded a massive 49 extras.
In response, Kelburne had the perfect start when the Drumpellier opener was out caught at point by Kashif off the bowling of Allan with the score on four.
Then, several overs later, Ross MacLean was introduced to the attack and he took an excellent one-handed caught-and-bowled chance off professional Hussain to leave the men from Coatbridge in a difficult position at 22 for 2 in the 10th over.
Kelburne were then able to pick up a third wicket off the bowling of Ashraf and the visitors had slipped to 40-3 in the 17th over.
Drumpellier opener Asad Mohammad, however, continued to bat well at the other end and recorded 50.
And along with his skipper Rawlinson, they managed to progress the Drumpelier innings to 111-3 thanks to a couple of dropped catches in the field.
They looked to be in a good position to mount a serious attack on Kelburne’s total of 210.
At this point, skipper Allan introduced Wylie and Kashif to the attack in a double bowing change which paid immediate dividends with Wylie taking two wickets in two balls to turn the tie in Kelburne’s favour.
At the other end, Kashif also took a wicket with his first over as the ‘spin twins’ ripped through the Drumpellier middle and lower order to leave them 128 all-out in the 42nd over.
Wylie finished with three wickets for just five runs and Kashif four for 22.
This 82-run victory leaves Kelburne sitting top of group F and well positioned to progress from the group stages when the competition resumes in early July.