May 23 2012 by Donald Morton, Stirling Observer Wednesday
FOR the second successive week Stirling County fell foul of the weather when their game at Drumpellier in the CSL Western Premiership was called off due to rain.
Although Saturday was dry, heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday had made the Coatbridge side’s Langloan ground unplayable.
The weather also hit Stirling 3rd XI’s home match against Edinburgh South 2nds in East League Division Five and the 4th XI’s game in Edinburgh against Morton 3rds in Division Nine.
Hard work by ground staff got one of the New Williamfield pitches ready for the visit of Langloan (Drumpellier 2nds) in the Western Premier Reserve League against Williamfield (Stirling 2nds).
The locals batted first and looked good for a decent total on a slow wicket and even slower outfield when they reached 100 for two. But a batting collapse saw the Stirling side slump to 149 all out with main runs coming from Sean Ferrie (46 not out) and Paul Bielby (31).
It was a similar tale when Langloan batted as they raced to 100 for the loss of only one wicket but the introduction of Mohammad Waqas changed the game.
He took five for 14 in 10 overs and Langloan saw themselves eight wickets down with 14 to win. No more wickets were forthcoming and the visitors were winners by two wickets.
On Saturday County are at home to Dumfries; Williamfield are away to Nunholm; the 3rds are at home to Murrayfield DAFS 3rds and the 4ths are away to Largo 4ths.