Arbroath crowned 2015 Scottish Cup Champions

23 Aug

Arbroath 217 (50 overs) F Burnett 104*, C Burnett 22, McCallum 4/53, Blain 2/27, beat Grange 124 (39.1 overs) C Burrnett 3/21, by 93 runs 

Grange and Arbroath met at New Williamsfield on Sunday 23 August in the 2015 Scottish Cup Final.

Although the sun was shining there was a strong breeze throughout the day which provided difficult fielding conditioins for both sides. Arbroath captain, Marc Petrie, won the toss and elected to bat first.

Several coach-loads of Arbroath supporters had made the trip to Stirling, but they were made to wait until the 14th over before they had the opportunity to cheer their first boundary.

By this time Grange had already claimed the wicket of Brendan Ford, who lost his leg-stump from a delivery from John Blain as runs seemed hard to come by.

Jack Waller’s innings came to an end when he looked to drive a delivery a full delivery, but could only edge behind for 10. Fraser Burnett held the innings together for his side as they looked to bounce back from the disappointment of losing the CSL Eastern title to their opponents the previous day.

Arbroath's number 3 rolled his sleaves up, and despite a few chances that went begging, fought Abroath back into contention,. Togther with his brother, Calvin, the pair put on a vital half-century partnership to give the innings some real momentum.

Fraser reached his personal 50 in the 34th over as Arbroath passed three figures, before Calvin launched a huge six over long-on a few balls later.

Calvin Burnett fell for an entertaining 22 when he was caught at long-on off Neil McCallum’s bowling, but Fraser continued to hold together his composure as wickets continued to fall around him.

It was much to the delight of the hefty travelling support that he would bring up a deserved century in the final over of the innings, before finishing off the innings with a crunching four, to ensure Arbroath would confidently walk off the field having set 217.

Grange found themselves pegged back at the start of their reply. Nick Farrar was the first man on his way back to the pavilion after having had his middle stump demolished by Brendon Ford with 25 runs on the board.

In-form batsman Ryan Flannigan dug in, although Ford struck again, this time the big wicket of George Munsey, again clean bowled.

McCallum joined Flannigan in the middle and the two went about rebuilding the innings, putting on 52, as it seemed the two previous Scottish Cup man of the match winners would be battling for the accolade once more.

However, it wasn’t to be for the Stags. Flannigan went after giving a sharp return catch to Willemse after making 31, while McCallum perished in the following over when he found the hands of Fraser Burnett at mid-off, with the score on 81.

Arbroath could now sense victory, and quickly turned the screw on their opponents. Only 42 runs were added by the following batsmen as the travelling Arbroath support started to lead the celebrations.

Craig Ramsay's left arm spin claimed 2/22, which included two wicket maidens, as Calvin Burnett returned with Arbroath's best figures of 3/21.

Blain was the last Grange wicket to fall in the start of the 40th over, caught by Ford, to ensure Arbroath would be crowned 2015 Scottish Cup Champions. 

Cricket Scotland would like to thank Stirling CC for their hospitality and also a special mention to the scorers, umpires and supporters for ensuring a fantastic day was had. 

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