KELBURNE’S nightmare start to the Cricket Scotland League season continued as they slumped to their latest defeat.
The Paisley side’s poor form has seen them lose their opening three games and slide straight to the bottom of the Western First Division.
Their latest vanquishers were a youthful Poloc side, who ran up an 118-run triumph.
Recent league results are all the more disappointing after the East Enders’ bright start to the season with victories in their Scottish Cup ties.
Kelburne’s troubles started even before this match with the unavailability of four of their most experienced players – Scott Hamilton, Andy Robin, Dougie Wylie and Javaad Ashraf.
Those absences decimated the bowling attack which they have come to rely on to keep opposition totals down.
The fact that these players are also experienced batsmen made it a double whammy for ’Burne.
Poloc batted first on the most batsman-friendly pitch that Whitehaugh has had this season.
At 45 for two, Poloc had started brightly but the home team were holding their own.
However, opposition pro Carl Huyser came together with Nicky Lafferty and they enjoyed a partnership of 112, in perfect batting conditions, which took the score to 157 before Lafferty was run out for 44.
Despite a batting collapse towards the end in the chase for a big score, Poloc finished on 255 for nine.
Most successful bowler for Kelburne was Jamie McDonald, on three for 48, having been drafted in from the 2nd XI.
Throughout the Poloc innings, the Kelburne fielding was below par, although, on a brighter note, there were two brilliant catches by Muhammad Kashif.
Against that, there were too many missed chances and wayward bowling, with Kelburne conceding 45 extras, 27 of them wides.
In their reply, the Whitehaugh outfit lost Mark Christensen with only six runs on the board, at which point Omer Hussein was joined by Graham Burgess – another draftee – and they took the score to 41 before Burgess was caught out.
This brought Ian Bennett to the crease and, despite losing partners, he dug in and saw the score to 112 before being caught for 30.
A further worry for Kelburne was a muscle injury to coach Matt McMillin, who had to have the services of a runner before falling lbw to Coyle on 17.
Apart from skipper Willie Allan’s spirited 12, the tail didn’t wag and they finished 137 all-out.
Committee member Hamilton may have missed the game but he admits he and his team-mates need to up their game next week against second-placed East Kilbride.
The all-rounder said: “It was a bad result but we were down to the bare bones.
“We have now lost our first three league games so we need to focus hard on turning this around.”