Stenhousemuir cricketers have their pro to thank for cup victory

Stenhousemuir professional Rushdi Jappie bats against Uddingston
Stenhousemuir professional Rushdi Jappie bats against Uddingston
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Stenhousemuir had another fine win at the Tryst on Saturday when they defeated West Premier Division side Uddingston as the Scottish Cup league stage resumed.

The home team scored 231 for four off 50 overs and bowled out Uddingston for 219 to win by 12 runs.

Once again they were indebted to their pro, Rushdi Jappie, who scored a magnificent 135 not out, but the bowlers backed him up by sealing the victory.

‘Muir did not look comfortable at 121 for four, with Tim Doonan out for 41.

However, as has happened on several occasions this season, Jappie found the ideal partner in Ian McDonald.

McDonald kept the score ticking over and fed Jappie the strike as they put on 110 in an unbroken stand for the 5th wicket, their second century partnership of the season. McDonald’s contribution was a valuable 19 not out.

Uddingston were well set to chase down the runs but Jappie followed up his fine batting performance by taking the vital wickets of Pryadashrana lbw for 49 and Zia caught and bowled for 69.

Amir Shahzad had Reddy caught at the wicket by Tim Doonan the innings subsided and Uddingston were all out for 219.

Amir Shahzad took three wickets, Rushdi Jappie and Nick Lister two and Craig Black one.

‘Muir now play Aberdeenshire at the Tryst on Saturday.

Aberdeenshire lead the section with eight points while Stenhousemuir are level with Uddingston on four points. In theory, if ‘Muir won their last two games against Aberdeenshire and Glenrothes - and Uddingston defeated Glenrothes - then all three teams would be level on eight points and it would be down to run rate, but that is a very long shot indeed.

Meanwhile, the second XI lost to their Uddingston equivalents in the Western Cup. This Saturday, the seconds are away to Kilmarnock in the Western Cup.