Stirling break duck with ‘remarkable’ win

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STIRLING skipper Graeme Taylor hailed a “remarkable” performance as his side broke their duck while delivering a hammer blow to Drumpellier’s title hopes.

Having bowled out their rivals for just 48 on a minefield of a track at Langloan, Taylor’s men went on to complete a seven-wicket victory – enough to lift them off the foot of the table.

“It was a remarkable victory,” said a delighted captain.

“To bowl a team out so cheaply is one thing, to bowl a team like Drumpellier out so cheaply is something else.

“Ollie Sutton and Ross Gelderbloem set the tone with their opening spell and anyone else who was asked to bowl came on ready to go and backed them up. We knew we had to get the ball pitched up on that wicket and the bowlers executed the plans.”

Drumpellier skipper Graeme McLaren was the only home batsman to reach double figures as Stirling took a grip on proceedings from the start, Gelderbloem removing the top three batsmen.

Ollie Sutton chipped-in to dismiss the Mohammed brothers, Asad and Zaheer, before Richie Carswell arrived to match Gelderbloem, mopping-up with three wickets for just two runs.

Gelderbloem’s fine day continued with a positive 28 as Stirling reached their target inside ten overs.
Taylor added: “When we went out to bat Ross took it upon himself to set the tone and make sure we didn’t scratch around and lose wickets with next to no runs on the board.