IT was a case of another week and another wonderful success yesterday for Grange as they cruised to Scottish Cup final glory against Heriot’s at Portgower Place.
Seven days after clinching the Cricket Scotland Grand Final and three weeks on from being crowned Eastern Premier champions, the Stags confirmed their status as Scotland’s pre-eminent club.
While last week it was John Blain whose five wickets destroyed Ferguslie, yesterday Gordon Goudie produced an all-round display which was just too good for the Goldenacre side.
Twice postponed at Meikleriggs, Paisley, the showpiece match was switched to Grange’s home ground and finally went ahead at the third time of asking.
Any perceived advantage for Grange may have been offset when Heriot’s won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket which traditionally favours the stroke-players.
However, the normally free-scoring Heriot’s batsmen were quickly on the back foot as former Saltires star Goudie turned back the clock with a vintage display of seam bowling.
He accounted for Elnathan Meiri and the in-form Michael Shean with consecutive deliveries as Heriot’s were reduced to 30-3 from six overs.
It got even better for Grange when Goudie found the edge of Hayes van der Berg’s bat and Harris Carnegie, excellent with the gloves throughout, completed an agile tumbling catch.
Van der Berg, who was the Eastern Premier’s highest scorer during the regular season, had made just 19 and his departure was a massive blow to the underdogs.
Goudie went on to complete his ten-over stint with superb figures of 4-10, paving the way for the spinners to complete the job.
Talented left-armer Charlie Peet again demonstrated his skills, the teenager picking up 3-25 while Andrew Brock claimed two scalps, Carnegie weighing-in with a couple of smart stumpings, as the Heriot’s innings petered out.
Ryan Brown was their top scorer with a battling 20 but a meagre tally of 106 from 43 overs was never likely to prove sufficient against a Grange team whose confidence is sky-high.
So it proved as Goudie and Ryan Flannigan came flying out the blocks to reach 37-0 after five overs.
The latter holed out for 21 off the bowling of Sean Weeraratna while Shean removed Nick Farrar as Heriot’s gained some scant consolation.
However, they had no answer to man-of-the-match Goudie who reached a hard-hitting half-century and sealed Grange’s commanding eight-wicket win by sweeping a maximum to finish unbeaten on 65.
At the other end, former Scotland batsman Neil McCallum savoured the moment before walking off the field for the last time, having earlier announced his retirement from the competitive game.
Heriot’s have an immediate chance to erase the memory of yesterday’s disappointment when they participate in Murgitroyd T20 Cup finals day at Titwood today. The Goldenacre men take on Kelso in the semi-final with the winner to play Forfarshire in the final, the Broughty Ferry side having yesterday beaten Stirling in the first semi-final.