Clydesdale v Arbroath - Citylets Scottish Cup Final
Two key batsmen cannot wait for Sunday’s Citylets Scottish Cup final at Hamilton Crescent.
Fraser Burnett, 27, scored a century for Arbroath when they lifted the trophy in Stirling 12 months ago while Carl Huyser, 28, has played a big part in Clydesdale’s good campaign to date.
Burnett and co went into last year’s final with Mazars Grange on the back of a tough last day in the CSL Eastern Premiership 24-hours previously.
That day they were defeated by Watsonians at Myreside and Grange saw off Heriot’s by six wickets at Raeburn Place to see the latter lift the trophy.
However, Arbroath lifted themselves up superbly and it was to be their day on the Sunday, a brilliant 104 not out by left handed batsman Burnett seeing them defeat Grange and pick up the Scottish Cup.
“It was a weekend of real ups and downs, that is for sure,” Burnett reflects.
“The Saturday was tough, but we knew that we had a big following coming through to watch us in the final and we did not want to let them down.
“We parked the league loss quickly and by the Sunday morning all of our chat was about the cup final and taking the trophy back to our club.
“It was a day I won’t forget in a hurry, to score a century that helps your side win a major final is special.
“Even though we won last year we were feeling pressure heading into it because everyone was willing us on to win so much. Now that we have that experience and trophy in the bag from 2015 I think we are a bit more relaxed going into this one.
“We have a real belief within the group and we know if we play to our potential that we could be taking the trophy home again.”
Clydesdale will have something to say about that and after such a good summer for them in terms of CSL Western Premiership cricket, they too are feeling positive ahead of the showpiece event.
South African Huyser is coming to the end of his first season with the Titwood outfit, but having played for Poloc previously he is very used to Scottish conditions.
He said: “I have loved it at Clydesdale, there is a great club spirit and there are a lot of good young players coming through.
“At the weekend we are looking to try and win the league and the Scottish Cup and that would feel special.
“I think what is great about Clydesdale is that there is a core of very experienced players who set the standards for the rest of us and push us all on to become better cricketers.
“Majid Haq is a good captain while Richie Berrington is top quality and I have learnt a lot from player/coach Con de Lange.
“He gets his point across very ell and as a result we have been pretty consistent in our performances.
“We know that Arbroath have a good side and like to take the match to their opponents, but it is up to us to try and keep them quiet and get on top.
“With the match being played in Glasgow we know that we will have a good following at the match and we want to do a job and make the club members proud.”