Continuing our series of league reports from Cricket Management Committee members. Today’s offering is from Duncan Paterson of Ferguslie CC.
This year the Premier Reserve League was won comprehensively by Partick (West of Scotland CC’s 2nd XI) who went the whole season unbeaten winning all fifteen of their completed fixtures. This was an excellent achievement in a very competitive league and broke the recent dominance of Titwood (Clydesdale CC’s 2nd XI) in this division who had been unbeaten in the previous two seasons. Partick’s success was built on a really strong group of players who all contributed during the season with several of the team’s players finishing at the top end of the individual run scoring and wicket taking charts. It shows the depth of talent at the club that their victories were not reliant on one or two star players but a real team ethic. Titwood pushed hard and ended in second position and confirming that Clydesdale continue to produce fine young cricketers while Meikleriggs (Ferguslie CC’s 2nd XI) came third after narrowly avoiding relegation in 2017 – an excellent turnaround for the Paisley team.
Torrance House (East Kilbride CC’s 2nd XI) toiled hard with little luck this year and found themselves in the bottom two along with Deanpark. (Renfrew CC’s 2nd XI).
Shawholm (Poloc CC’s 2nd XI) and Whitehaugh (Kelburne CC’s 2nd XI) both finished comfortably in mid-table positions and with nine and seven wins respectively and will feel they had solid seasons with plenty to build on going into next year.
David Sturgeon of Meikleriggs topped the run-scoring charts with an extremely consistent season of 563 runs which included two centuries and a 99. Jamie Cook, also of Meikleriggs, topped the wicket-takers list with 34 wickets at just over 9-a-piece with his leg-breaks, and included a magnificent seven wickets for 10 runs against Whitehaugh. Imran Mughal from Torrance House hit an epic 215 in their game against Whitehaugh which was the top individual score of the season. David Sturgess and Paddy Barbour of Titwood, and Russell Lauder of Whitehaugh, all scored in excess of 150 in a single innings this year, amongst 22 centuries scored in the division.
Well done to all the teams and players in the Premier Reserve League this year.