Captains ready for Citylets Scottish Cup Final

20 Aug
Cricket Media preview the 2016 Citylets Scottish Cup Final at Hamilton Crescent today between Arbroath and Clydesdale.

Record breaker Majid Haq last night called on double-seeking Clydesdale to end a 28-year wait for Scottish Cup glory. 

And he wants the club’s fans to turn out in force at Hamilton Crescent tomorrow (Sun) when holders Arbroath will be roared on by a travelling contingent of several hundred.

Haq, whose club have made sure of landing the Western Premier championship, said: “It’s been far too long for a club of Clydesdale’s stature not to win the cup.

“We came close two years ago when we lost in the final but I believe we have a stronger team now.

“As a team we have a fantastic opportunity to show Scottish cricket what we’re all about and for me as captain it is a privilege to be in this position.

“We want to make the most of the chance we have to write a bit of history for the club but we know Arbroath will not want to relinquish the trophy.

“I have a huge respect for them as a club and for a lot of their players whom I know well.

“Sparky (Marc Petrie) is an excellent captain and one of the best wicket-keeper/batsmen in the country and the Burnett brothers can be a handful.

“I think Calvin should have played for Scotland a lot more than he has – he’s one of those cricketers that makes things happen and a very dangerous opponent.

“As a team Arbroath are very competitive and capable of getting on top of you so we have to match them in every department.”

Despite playing in their home city, Clydesdale may be out-numbered by the travelling support from Angus.

Scotland record cap holder and wicket taker Haq, who has two winners’ medals from his time at Ferguslie, added: “We know they are bringing several busloads of supporters and that will give their players a lift.

“When I won the tournament with Ferguslie we had tremendous backing on both occasions which really added to the atmosphere.

“I sincerely hope Clydesdale people will turn out in force and act as a 12th man for us.” 
Meanwhile, Arbroath captain Petrie repaid the compliment, saying: “Clydesdale are a very, very strong outfit.

“I have played against and with Maj, Richie Berrington and Con de Lange - so I know only too well that they are always going to be potential match winners.

“But I also have a huge amount of belief in my side and our ability to keep the trophy.

“I know that if we perform to our potential and play to our standards, any team in the country will find it difficult to beat us.

“We will have a massive travelling support at to Hamilton Crescent so we want to put in a good performance for them as much as for ourselves.”

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