This Gray-Nicolls Challenge Cup 2019 was drawn on Wednesday 20th February 1pm and shown on Cricket Scotland TV.
The CS Challenge Cup is open to clubs not eligible to play in the Scottish Cup while clubs in the WDCU First Division, the East of Scotland Championship and the Strathmore & Perthshire Cricket Union North East Championship have the option to play in the Challenge Cup or the Scottish Cup.
The competition was extended in 2017 to include clubs who would have previously competed in the Small Clubs Cup.
The 2018 Men’s 10K Challenge Cup Final was contested between Leith DAB and Falkland at Carlton Loan with Falkland coming out on top beating Leith FAB by 94 runs.
Falkland were put into bat and were indebted to their captain S Campbell who scored 73 and Watson who scored 49 before Strachan came in and effectively batted Leith out of the game with a quick-fire 80 in 36 balls, including 5 sixes.
Leith FAB never really got going and despite decent knocks from T Kemp and Zafa (both making 35), they were bowled out for 151 in 30 overs.
Falkland 245 for 6 in 40 Overs
(B Strachan 80, S Campbell 73, G Watson 49)
Leith FAB 151 all out in 30 Overs
(T Kemp 35, Zafar 35, Hadi 28 not out, S Meikle 4 for 39)
The semi-finals saw Falkland overcome Stenhousemuir in their semi-final scoring 190 for 6, while in reply Stenhousemuir were all out for 71.
The other semi-final between Perth Doo’cot and Forres St Lawrence was a very tight affair with the scores tied on 201 runs each after 40 overs. Forres St Lawrence won the match having lost fewer wickets.
Subsequent to the semi final Forres St Lawrence were disqualified for playing ineligible players in their first round match v Leith FAB. As a result in the re-arranged quarter-final, Leith triumphed versus Marchmont on 5th August to set up a semi-final versus Perth Doo’cot on the 12th August. After ten weeks of sun the heavens opened on the 12th and no play was possible, therefore both teams agreed that a toss of the coin was the best option to determine Falklands opponents in the final.
Luck was on the side of Leith FAB