Grange Cricket Club showed wiser heads to prevail over a fighting Falkland CC in the U15 Scottish Cup cricket final on Sunday 9 September.
The day’s play started with a semi-final between Aberdeenshire Cricket Club and Falkland, on a Forfar pitch that offered a bit after overnight rain.
Aberdeenshire did everything right in restricting Falkland to 107-6 off their 20 overs, with a solid partnership from Falkland’s Haresign and Robertson helping them to a competitive toal after a tight display from Aberdeenshire in the field.
However some devastating spin bowling from the Falkland attack took the match out of Aberdeenshire’s grasp with early wickets from which they never recovered. Brown and Disborough took three each for Falkland as they dismissed Aberdeenshire for 23.
Grange CC were to prove much tougher opposition in the final, with their well-coached batting apparent from the opening overs, and Falkland’s attack not making the same early impression they did in their semi-final.
Grange got to 139-5, with the standout performance coming from Jarvis who retired on 50 not out, supported by a mature 32 from Cairns. Briggs took two wickets to match his pair in the semi-final.
In reply, Falkland weren’t allowed to find any momentum by a tight Grange performance. The bowling attack included Scotland U17 Female representative Catherine Edwards who kept good lines throughout. Falkland showed plenty of grit however their innings finished on 82-8, handng Grange the trophy.
Rob Wakelin, Head of Participation Cricket Scotland was delighted with the day’s play.
“We saw today an abundance of talent in all forms of the game”
“Grange were deserving winners, ultimately showing calmer heads and maturity in their approach which got them the result”
“Performances from national U15 and U17 representatives illustrate the depth of talent we are developing in Scottish cricket, and it was also nice to see the likes of John Blain there coaching the Grange team”.
Falkland CC 107-6 (C Haresign 41*, L Robertson 23, D Brown 3-9, A Hague 3-22) beat Aberdeenshire CC 23 (O Brown 3-7, R Disborough 3-6, L Briggs 2-7)
Grange CC 139-5 (J Jarvis 50* retired, J Cairns 32, L Briggs 2-24) beat Falkland CC 82-8.