The first round of Scottish cricket’s premier cup competition gets underway this Sunday with some intriguing local ties with Carlton travelling across Edinburgh to meet local rivals SMRH while in the West the all-Premiership tie between Ayr and Ashas East Kilbride looks like the tie of the round.
The Citylets Scottish Cup holders Clydesdale begin their attempt to retain the trophy with a tricky away tie at New Williamfield against Stirling County. Last year’s losing finalists Arbroath United have a difficult away tie in Edinburgh against Watsonians. Stoneywood Dyce and Greenock both have trips to the capital to take on Edinburgh and Grange respectively, whilst Glenrothes host Poloc with both teams having made a 100% start to their league campaigns.
All 32 sides are competing for a place in the final on 20th August at MacKays Forthill, the home of Forfarshire Cricket Club which is delighted to be hosting the final and club representative Gordon Walker said “Tayside Group Forfarshire are delighted to host the Citylets Scottish Cup Final for the first time. The club has made great improvements to the ground over recent years to raise the standards and awareness of cricket in the area and are delighted to be recognised by hosting this prestigious match. We believe there will be a huge interest from the local community and businesses to support this event on August 20th.”
Citylets Managing Director Thomas Ashdown said “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with Scottish cricket through the Citylets Scottish Cup and are looking forward to another great tournament. Best of luck to all the teams on Sunday. “
Cricket Scotland CEO Malcolm Cannon added “We are delighted the prestigious Scottish Cup is again going to be sponsored by Citylets who have supported cricket in Scotland for a number of years. Our successful relationship demonstrates the value that corporate organisations can gain through strategic sponsorship in sport and we look forward to supporting Citylets in growing their brand profile throughout Scotland.”