Burne Bat Their Way to the Top

KELBURNE ...........................264/4
ST MICHAELS ..............112 all out

A RUTHLESS batting performance helped Kelburne to their second win in two matches and propelled them to the top of the Western District Cricket Union First Division.
Dumfries side St Michaels were the visitors to Whitehaugh, but they had no answer to the Paisley men?s form with the bat.

Imran Butt was the stand-out for the second week in a row, hitting an unbeaten 101 while professional Clinton ?Doza? Bailey showed his class with a superb 57.
Skipper Ian Bennett?s quickfire 35 pushed ?Burne beyond the 250 mark, a total his vice captain Scott Hamilton knew would be insurmountable for the visitors.
Hamilton said: ?That is a really big total at our ground and we knew we would be able to defend it.
?St Michaels were throwing the bat around trying to chase the score but we picked them off and we?re delighted with the way the season has started.
?It was a much more cohesive team performance than last week. Imran was superb again and Doza looked in good form too.?
Bennett was the pick of the bowlers once again. The off spinner took four wickets for 10 runs and was supported by Hamilton and Willie Allan who took two wickets each.
With another home game to come this
weekend, against Shawholm, Hamilton is hopeful of 25 points and keeping their 100 per cent record alive.
?We knew that starting with three home games would give us a great opportunity to get off to a flyer,? he said.

?But nothing comes easy and we will have to be on our toes against Shawholm. We?re confident of a win and keeping our percentage as high as possible is what this league is all about.
?We?re at 100 per cent just now which looks good on paper, but one defeat will drop us right down to 66 per cent so we can?t afford to be complacent.?
Title favourites Hillhead and GHK met on the same day and after a tight match that ended in a draw, Kelburne went top of the table in their own right.
Meanwhile, Kelburne?s second XI also kept their 100 per cent record going with a slick away win at Langloan.
The home side were bowled out for 108 and the Paisley men cruised to victory for the loss of three wickets.
A stunning 55 from Ryan Morrow and a brilliant supporting innings of 32 not out from youngster Enslin Watson were the highlights.

Report Courtesy of Paisley Daily Express