Gordonians win CS Challenge Cup
As well as playing host to the Scottish Cup Final on Sunday, New Williamsfield also held the Cricket Scotland Challenge Final which was contested between current holders Kilmarnock and Arrowdawn Gordonians on the second pitch.
After winning the toss Gordonians elected to bat first on a hard true wicket and a quick outfield. They got off to a decent start with the bat as Devodas and Arora put on 53 for the first wicket before Mustafa struck twice.
Hamish Lewis continued the good start with the bat as he showed great composure throughout his innings while also including the odd lusty blow to take him past 50.
Lewis eventually he departed for 79, but not before sending one delivery on to the opposite pitch with a huge maximum.
His teammates rallied round to ensure the runs flowed with Reddy, Stark and Bhandari all making 20s to push the final total to 242 after 40 overs.
2014 Champions Kilmarnock endured a torrid start to their innings as they found themselves on 53/4. It wasn’t all over yet, however, as Muhammed Azeem, one of Scotland’s age-group players, showed.
The youngster continued to find the boundaries with regular occurrence, to reach his 50, and pull his side back into contention, with the aid of his partner S Mustafa.
Mustafa was finally stumped for 38 as Gordonians spread the field with 73 runs still remaining. This didn’t stop Azeem as he effortlessly sent a few deliveries back over the bowlers head and out of the ground.
He would bring up a deserved century with a scampered three, accepting the applause from all who witnessed his impressive innings.
With the score on 211 the defining moment of the match occurred when Azeem looked to go big, but could only pick out Bhandari on the deep mid-wicket boundary to bring his innings to a close on 132, which included 17 fours and 3 sixes.
As Azeem trudged off the field it was warming to see each of the Gordonians players run over to shake the young batsman’s hand – epitomising the spirit in which the match had been played.
There was a valiant attempt to get Kilmarnock close to the total, but they simply ran out of overs an agonising 7 runs short.
Cricket Scotland President Colin Neill handed over the trophy to the newly crowned winners who would enjoy the long trip home.
Cricket Scotland would like to again thank Stirling CCC, the umpires, scorers and supporters, not to mention the two teams to make the match such a fine spectacle.