AYR on Sunday progressed to the second round of the Citylets Scottish Cup with a comfortable win at home to East Kilbride.
Kiwi professional Michael Papps was star of the show with a superb 147 not out to follow his 3-37 in the visitors innings.
East Kilbride had won the toss and chose to bat first, posting what appeared to be a challenging total of 252-9, but were unable to contain Papps whose total came off 141 balls and included 18x4 and 2x6. He got great support from Andi McElnea (56) as the pair put on 159 for the second wicket as they ran out winners by 7 wickets with almost 7 overs to spare.
Wednesday night saw the first local derby of the season as Prestwick visited Cambusdoon in the McCulloch Cup. Ayr batted first and scored 141-7, with decent contributions from Papps (29no), Crawshaw (21), McElnea (20) and Miller (20). Craig Morrison was pick of the Prestwick bowlers with 3-18. The Prestwick reply got off to a disappointing start losing their captain, Rafiq for one, before Jawad (40) and Chaudry (29) put them in control as they reached their target with seven balls to spare.
The Cambusdoon XI won a close encounter at home to Bothwell on Saturday. In a match eventually reduced to 41 overs per side after a couple of rain breaks, the Cambusdoon men scored 204-8 with Douglas Johnstone top scoring with 92. He was well supported by Callum Leck (27) as the pair put on 50 and then George Pilley (2 not out) in an 84-run partnership. Due to the rain interruptions the Bothwell target was then reduced to 193 under the Duckworth/Lewis/Sterne calculations and despite the loss of a couple of early wickets appeared to be in control of the match and with Douglas Johnstone unable to bowl due to a shoulder injury, young wicket keeper Richie Simpson took off his pads to bowl two of the last three over overs with only 20 required and struck with his first ball removing Bawa (42) thanks to an excellent catch from young Ryan Parry and then ran out Baxter to leave Bothwell requiring four to win off the last ball and managed to keep them to a single as they won by three runs.
Simpson had been in fine form the previous night as he led his under his U15 team to victory away to Poloc, top scoring with 76 not out in a seven wicket victory. The U11’s were in action against the same opposition at Cambusdoon, but were only able to complete half the match before the rains intervened and the match was abandoned.
This week sees Ayr at home to Poloc on League duty on Saturday and Irvine in the McCulloch Cup on Wednesday. The Cambusdoon XI are away to Shawholm and the Development XI are at home to Uddingston in the Western Cup on Tuesday.
Meanwhile Prestwick eased through their Scottish Cup First Round tie against Fifers Falkland.
The hosts were all out for 197 in 42.5 overs, Kevin Lawler firing 45 ad Sachin Chaudhary 40.
Falkland were all out for 173, giving the hosts a 24-run win. Fazal Jawas took 3 for 2 in a dazzling spell and Craig Morrison 2 for 38.