Factory Cup put on hold

THE annual Factory Cup six-a-side cricket competition - due to be staged at Strathmore Cricket Club this Sunday - has been put on hold.

Strathie first team’s success in the opening round of the SCU Trophy is the reason for the postponement of the annual competition.

Instead, the team will be making the long journey to Irvine, hoping for further progress in the cup tourney.

Meanwhile, Strathmore Cricket Club committee members were due to meet on Tuesday evening (last night) to reschedule the Factory Cup competition.

Fingers are crossed, too, that there is some improvement in the weather for this coming Saturday.

It has been a rather wet season to date, with the heavens seemingly opening every Saturday!

Indeed, the cancellation of Saturday’s trip to take on Mannofield meant that, with the half-way point in the season approaching, the first team has only played three of their ten scheduled league fixtures.

The second team has fared little better, although they did get a game on Sunday.

They travelled to Clackmannan where they faced a tricky wicket - but came up trumps in am low-scoring affair.

The home side were first in to bat and could only manage 73 all out.

Craig McDonald did most of the damage with four for seven runs, including five maidens, while David Sneddon also returned with a four wicket haul.

In reply, Strathie overhauled the paltry Clackmannan total with the loss of eight wickets, Craig McDonald getting them home after only three batsmen got into double figures. Grant McLaren top scored with 19.

All going, well, the first team will be at home to Kinloch this Saturday - the only weekend fixture on the card.