2013 National Secondary Schools Cup Finals Day
Doo’cot Park was the venue for the 2013 National Secondary Schools Cup Finals Day as Cricket Scotland’s big week of Schools and Youth Cups continued.
Glenalmond College, Hutchesons’ Grammer School, Arbroath High School and Merchiston Castle were the schools vying for the opportunity to be crowned champions after coming through the regional qualifying rounds.
Glenalmond College and Arbroath HS were drawn together for the first semi-final of the day. Glenalmond won the toss and asked Arbroath HS to bat first on a sunny day in Perth. Arbroath HS struggled with the accuracy and spin of the Glenalmond bowlers during their innings with skipper Will Porter claiming excellent figures of 5 wickets, including a hat-trick, which only cost 12 runs to restrict the score to 76 off their allotted 20 overs. In reply the Glenalmond batters waited patiently and punished anything short or wide to win convincingly and take their spot in the final.
In the second semi-final of the day Hutchesons’ Grammer played Merchiston Castle and restricted Merchiston to 127/8, thanks mainly to another five wicket-haul, this time Gregor Anderson took the honours with figures of 5/24. Also of note was the sharp work behind the stumps by Sahil Kakar who managed to claim 6 dismissals, including 5 stumpings! The Hutchesons’ batters applied themselves well and reached the total for the loss of 7 wickets with 12 balls to spare.
The 3rd/4th Play-off the game went to the wire with Merchiston holding their nerve in the field to win by 7 runs against Arbroath. Merchistion had previously posted 124/6 and then managed to restrict Arbroath HS to 117/7 after their allotted 20 overs.
In the final Hutchesons’ Grammer were invited to bat first by Glenalmond captain Will Porter and a diving one handed catch by Glenalmond fielder Fergus Barne set the standard in the field. Glenalmond bowled and fielded with real purpose and restricted Hutchesons’ to all out from the final ball of the innings for 76.
Ivan Craig was the bowler who did the most damage with figures of 4/20. It was evident that Glenalmond weren’t going to loosen their grip on the trophy after winning it in the 2 previous years as batsman Fergus Skinner top scored with 45* to ensure that Glenalmond ran out comfortable winners by 10 wickets to retain the title for the third year in a row.
Cricket Scotland would like to thank all schools who entered the tournament, the Gannochy Trust for providing Doo’cot Park as the venue.
Thanks to umpires Matthew Crawford, Sandy Scotland, Mike Nash and Richard Fitzimmons for their work throughout the day. Cricket Scotland would also like to extend their congratulations to the four schools that proved to be worthy semi-finalists.