Hillhead triumph as Holland shows Killie instinct
Hillhead overcame Kilmarnock in a nail-biting finish in Ayrshire on Sunday against Kilmarnock in the Western Union Knock Out Cup competition.
Having won the toss Hillhead opted for first use of the wicket. It was yet another now familiar shaky start by Hillhead. Fergus was first to fall against a ball that seemed to just stop, allowing McFadzean to snaffle the catch off his own bowling.
With the score on 30, a comfortable looking Mehmood was the victim of some excellent wicket keeping with Flanagan whipping the bails off for a leg side stumping. Only Patel and Nair managed to exceed 20 runs, however contributions in the teens by Jackson, Holland and Azhar meant Hillhead posted a target of 130 for the Killie to chase.
With Kilmarnock getting off to a quick start at 33 for 1, Hillhead seamer Jackson dismissed Flanagan but it wasn’t until the introduction of veteran Ahmed and overseas amateur Patel that Hillhead really made in-roads.
Afzal was caught behind at 60 for 2, with McFadzean (lbw) and Iqbal (stumped) following in relatively quick succession, again at the hands of Ahmed and Patel to leave Killie on 77 for 4.
Pressure from Hillhead saw Smith not having the legs to take on the arm of Mehmood and was run out.
Kilmarnock captain Ali threatened with some big hitting but succumbed to a high catch by Jackson off the bowling of Ahmed to leave Killie on 99 for 8. Kilmarnock somehow composed themselves and accumulated enough runs to take them within grasping distance of the target.
With the pressure mounting for both sides, it was left to the youngest man in the Hillhead side, Holland to claim an lbw to leave Killie needing 7 to win with one wicket in hand. The tail enders inched closer to defeating Hillhead but with only 1 run to tie and 2 for a win, Holland cleaned bowled Marshman resulting in jubilant Hillhead celebrations for their 1 run victory.