CricketMedia Scotland Sixes Finals Night
The 2013 CricketMedia Scotland Indoor Sixes competition has now reached the business end as all the teams have battled against one another in the group stages in order to qualify for a place in the finals to be held this Friday 8th March.
Group A, which consisted of the Eastern Knights U18, Watsonians and SMRH, has been a rather one-sided affair with the Knights managing to secure two very comprehensive victories over Watsonians and SMRH.
The Eastern Knights U18 team sit comfortably on top of the table with 54 points; they are then followed by Watsonians on 27 points and finally SMRH with 8 points.
Group B consisted of the defending champions Edinburgh University, Heriots and RH Corstorphine. Edinburgh University have certainly lived up to the high expectations upon them and showed their class with two overwhelming wins which saw 5 of their batsmen retire in one innings!
It was then down to Heriots and RHC to battle it out for second place in the group with Heriots proving to strong for RHC and picking up 2 wins against RHC to settle for second place in group B.
Final standings in group B see Edinburgh University with a perfect record ending on 56 points, Heriots in 2nd place with 26 points and RHC in 3rd place with 6 points.
Group C, which was contested between Carlton, Murrayfield DAFS and Penicuik, was a much more closely contested group with both Carlton and Murrayfield DAFS managing to pull of big wins against a young Penicuik side. Carlton finished top of the table in round 1 as they won their match against a tough Murrayfield DAFS outfit.
Round 2 for this group was very interesting with the young Penicuik side playing some very good cricket to get close to winning both games but unfortunately, on both occasions, couldn’t manage to get over the line.
The reverse fixture between Carlton and Murrayfield DAFS threw a spanner in the works as Murrayfield DAFS managed to pull off a rather comfortable win against Carlton, which meant that both teams finished the group stage tied on 42 points. With the points tied it came down to net run rate to decide who would progress to finals evening and with Carlton having a superior run rate of 1.24 over Murrayfield DAFS net run rate of 1.17, Carlton progress to the finals evening.
Group D, the last group, was contested by Grange, Stenhousemuir and a young Eastern Knights Under 15 team. Grange once again lived up to the high expectations placed on them with 3 very convincing wins.
Stenhousemuir also ended the group with 3 wins having beaten Grange in round 2 and pulled off two wins against the Eastern Knight Under 15s.
A young Eastern Knights team fought valiantly in all four games but unfortunately inexperience against two very strong teams meant they finished bottom of their group.
Finals standings in Group D sees Grange on top with 41 points, Stenhousemuir in 2nd place on 36 points and Eastern Knights Under 15’s 3rd on 7 points.
Finals night is sure to be a highly contested affair between four very strong teams. In the first semi-final, defending champions Edinburgh University face stiff opposition in Eastern Knights U18s whilst in the other semi-final, Edinburgh rivals Carlton and Grange do battle to reach the final.
All matches are played at the National Cricket Academy to which all spectators are welcome.
Order of Play – Friday 8th March
6.30pm Semi-final 1 - Eastern Knights U18 v Edinburgh University
7.30pm (approx) Semi-final 2 - Carlton v Grange
8.30pm (approx) Final – winner of SF 1 v winner of SF 2
Presentation of the trophy will commence immediately after the final.