Big weekend of cricket in the domestic cups
It’s a big weekend for many Scottish domestic teams as we reach the business end of the season with various cup finals and crunch Cricket Scotland League matches.
Lord’s Scottish Cup Semi Finals
Scotland’s premier cup competition reaches the semi-finals stage this weekend as four teams look to replicate Heriot’s success last season and be at New Williamfield for finals day on 25 August.
It’s East v West in the first semi as Carlton entertains PSL Team Sports Clydesdale. The Grange Loan men will be without Hamish Gardiner, Preston Mommsen (Saltires duty) who both contributed during the win against Drumpellier in the quarter final fixture, and Kyle Stirling and Chayank Gossain (U19 WC Qualifying tournament) will also be absent. Clydesdale will miss the experienced Majid Haq after he took 5/31 to dump fierce rivals Ferguslie out of the competition in the previous round.
The two CSL Eastern Premier division teams will put their league priorities to one side for the afternoon. High flying Arbroath will have burning aspirations of achieving a league and cup double and will go one step closer to achieving that goal if they can overcome the Portgower place outfit on Sunday.
It should be an intriguing round of fixtures all with a 12pm start.
CS Challenge Cup Final:
Glasgow Academicals will face Perth Doo’cot this weekend in the Cricket Scotland Challenge Cup Final at New Williamfield, Stirling this coming Sunday.
The two sides will be hoping for better weather than last weekend after the original date was cancelled. The Perthshire outfit started their campaign with a convincing preliminary round win against Forres St Lawrence, where former Freuchie professional Usman Saeed struck an unbeaten 127. The Perth side cruised through to the final with a convincing win over Marchmont, chasing down 196 with the loss of only a solitary wicket.
Accies have also registered a number of convincing wins on their route to the final, initially beating Arrowdawn Gordonians in the first round, and then following it up with a five wicket victory against Irvine at New Anniesland.
The Final was orginally due to be held at Bothwell Policies, Uddingston although the venue was switched after Uddingston gained a CS Trophy home tie. The match will start at 1pm.
Small Clubs Cup:
St Ronald and Bon Accord are the two teams who will feature in the Small Clubs Cup Final this weekend at Countesswells in Aberdeen.
St Ronald were given a walk over in the preliminary round back in May by BBC Scotland, since then they have defeated Tranent, as they reached 197 for the loss of 4 wickets, before half centuries from Haider (58) and Imran (51*) saw off Active Life as they again batted second – attaining the target 4 wickets down to reach the final.
Mirza’s 129 helped Bon Accord progress past the Woodcutters in their Quarter Final tie, as the Grades side scored an imperious 333/9 before Hussain claimed figures of 4/29 to shoot the home side out for 162. They made the final with a win away at Morton achieving the target of 135 thanks to 46 runs from Ahmed after Awan had claimed 3/12 in the first innings.
Cricket Scotland Trophy
The Cricket Scotland Trophy reaches the Semi-Final stage of the competition with the remaining teams knowing that one more win would see them at New Williamfield, Stirling on Sunday 25 August.
McCrea FS West of Scotland conquered the visiting Watsonians last weekend by 8 wickets Watson (69) and Singh (51*) ensured that the target of 179 set was never going to be enough after David McNulty had earlier taken figures of 4/21.
They will host last year’s Scottish Cup winners Heriot’s in the first Semi. The Goldenacre men will be without spinner Mark Watt after he was named as in the U19 World Cup Qualifying squad currently in Holland. An unbeaten century from Steven Knox coupled with 93 by Cameron Farrell saw off CSL high-flying East Kilbride at the quarter final stage.
Tunnocks Uddingston and Autoecosse Forfarshire compete for the remaining berth, but both teams will have to do without their Saltires stars, as Calum MacLeod and Craig Wallace head down to Surrey for their YB40 fixture.
Uddingston succeeded against Renfew in their quarter final fixture after Priyadashrana 155* and Ayaz Gul 133* destroyed the bowling attack to post 315. A Parveez century did restore some pride although Renfew made a decent effort in their reply they eventually ended up 73 runs shy of the target.
Autoeccosse Forfarshire comprehensively beat struggling Ayr as Graeme Garden and Craig Wallace both struck scores in the 70s, before Watson and Sweeny shared 7 wickets to give Forfs the win by 133 runs.