Villagers beaten in opener

Uddingston Cricket Club’s new Western Premier Division campaign got off to a disappointing start at Dumfries on Saturday.

The Villagers lost by 137 runs in their opening fixture

The home side batted first and racked up 256 for 9

Pick of the Uddingston bowlers was Scott McKenzie with 3 for 36.

Rain meant Uddingston face a revised target of 224 runs under the Duckworth Lewis formula, but it was one they never looked like reaching.

Struggling to master the conditions, the Villagers were dismissed for just 86 with only Aamir with 29 making a score of any note.

Skipper Bryan Clarke admitted: “It was a very poor start to the season for us. They did have the better of the conditions for batting, but we were very poor in the field and will need to improve.”

Uddingston play their first home game of the season when they take on Ferguslie at Bothwell Castle Policies this Saturday.

Clarke said: “We will have Sammy Zia back from holiday and he is a big player for us. We’ve also signed a quick young bowler from South Africa, Ian de Beer, and hopefully he will also make a difference.”

Uddingston’s 2nd XI didn’t fare any better than their senior counterparts on Saturday as they crashed to a heavy defeat at the hands of Numholm, Dumfries’s second string, at Bothwell Castle Policies on Saturday.

The visitors batted posted a total of 234 and then dismissed Uddingston for just 66.