Ferguslie Humbled

KELBURNE .............197/7
FERGUSLIE .......16 all out

By STEF LACH

KELBURNE?S youngsters were in devastating form as they bowled over their fierce rivals in this Sunday League fixture at Whitehaugh.

Both clubs fielded young, inexperienced sides for what was expected to be a close-fought derby battle between SNCL Premier Division outfit Ferguslie and Kelburne, who play three leagues below them in the WDCU First Division.

Batting first, the home side, whose average age was just 18, scored at a steady rate with no fewer than four batsmen getting decent totals.

Top scorer was captain for the day, 19-year-old Donald Campbell, who was desperately unlucky to be caught behind off the bowling of John Rooney on 47 runs, just three short of a half-century.

Ross Maclean batted superbly for his 40 and both Ryan Morrow and Craig McLardie got good starts.
Morrow was eventually out on 35 to a good catch from Monty and McLardie was run out on 31.

Ferguslie bowlers performed well enough, but could not knock off the final three wickets and Mick Donaldson and Andy Stafford were not out at the end of the Kelburne innings.

That gave the Whitehaugh team a sizeable total of 197 to defend from their 40 overs, although as it turned out they would have the job done in as little as nine.

Campbell and MacLean opened the bowling attack for Kelburne and from the very first ball of the innings, Campbell knocked over the stumps of Grant Darroch.

He also claimed the scalp of the other Ferguslie opener, R Thornie, who turned out to be their top scorer with eight runs.
Campbell finished with figures of four wickets for 12 runs from his five overs to cap a fine performance.

MacLean claimed five wickets for just five runs from his 4.4 overs, including a brilliant four wickets in four balls as he powered through the visitors? attack in a man-of-the-match performance.

Happy skipper Donald Campbell said: ?We made a really big
total so Ferguslie came out knowing they had a lot of work to do and that they really needed to score quickly.

?So we went with the simple plan of bowling nice and straight and keeping it on the stumps. As Ferguslie got more and more frustrated they started to go for bigger shots and we got the wickets pretty quickly.

?It was a superb performance from a very young team and it?s good news for the future of the club.?

A thoroughly convincing win for ?Burne and the Meikleriggs men will be desperate for revenge when the reverse fixture comes around.

Report Courtesy of the Paisley Daily Express