Grange win 2013 Scottish Cup Final
The Scottish Cup final took place at New Williamfield in Stirling for the first ever double header on Sunday 25th August.
The day proved to be a tremendous advert for Scottish Club cricket as the spectators and supporters from all four sides mingled throughout the day as the two finals took place.
Carlton won the toss and elected to field first as the clouds disappeared and the sun shone down on the two pitches.
It was an eventful start with George Munsey edging the first ball of the match, only to see it fall short of Preston Mommsen at slip. Two balls later Gordon Goudie hit a Drummond delivery to Rob Thornton, offering a sharp chance at short mid-wicket, but the catch went down.
The men from Grange Loan didn’t have to wait too long for their first wicket of the day though as Munsey, attempting to cut, edged the ball to Jamie Kerr behind the stumps in the third over.
Goudie got going with two boundaries in the fifth over, one behind square and a brutal cut through point to take the score to 17/1.
Grange soon lost their second wicket of the day as Goudie picked out Kyle Macpherson on the leg-side boundary.
Things got worse for the for the Portgower place outfit when Ryan Flannigan was trapped by Drummond LBW to leave Grange teetering on 33/3 in the 11th over.
Josh Edwards joined Neil McCallum in the middle and the pair worked diligently, taking the score past 50. Edwards was then undone by a fantastic bit of glove-work by Jamie Kerr to remove Edwards off a leg-side wide for 19.
Carlton claimed another wicket soon after as Henry Edwards drove into the hands of Rory McCann at cover to leave Grange in deeper trouble at 80/5.
Two old Scotland internationals then came together in the middle as McCallum was joined by Gregor Maiden taking the score to 93/5 at drinks.
McCallum found success through his favourite sweep finding the boundary with regularity, while Maiden was at the other end was hitting some glorious straight drives, as both looked to attack.
Maiden departed for 30 when he got a leading edge to Kyle Stirling, giving Rob Thornton his second wicket of the day.
McCallum was still looking in great touch in the middle, he was however given a life on 47 when he offered a catch at square leg, but the fielder couldn’t hold on.
The former Scotland star reached his half century with a single into the covers with his side now on 135.
Simon Smith came to the crease and together with McCallum ensured Grange would reach 200 with some fine shots around the ground. McCallum eventually departing for a dogged and determined 76, after cutting the ball to Kyle Stirling at point.
Smith finished unbeaten on 31 hitting two big sixes to set Carlton 217 to win the 2013 Scottish Cup Final.
Hamish Gardiner and Kyle Macpherson had opened the batting but both were dismissed early on. Gardiner was clean bowled by Stuart Davidson, before Goudie up-rooted Macpherson’s middle stump to give Grange the early initiative.
Preston Mommsen came to the middle and looked the part, cover-driving the ball to the rope with authority on two occasions early in his innings.
Another internationalist Fraser Watts was at the other end and he was resilient against the Grange charge. Watts was a composed figure throughout his innings and took the score to 44 with a cut shot to the rope.
Things started to go wrong or Carlton when Mommsen gave Josh Edwards a caught and bowled opportunity which the bowler gratefully accepted to remove the Saltire batsman.
Irishman Rory McCann gave Watts support and at drinks seemed well set on 91/3, requiring another 126 off 25 overs.
It was when McCann had his stumps disturbed, attempting to cut an Andrew Brock delivery, that sparked a Carlton collapse. Drummond went caught at point for 0, before Stirling was run out, with the score now 121/6 in the 34th over.
Jamie Kerr and Rob Thornton got their side to within 65 runs of the total, but when Kerr was bowled for 17 the game was up for the Grange Loan men.
Thornton was caught by Munsey for 20, before Gosain was run-out to give Grange the win by 40 runs and send the Stags delirious with delight.
In the end it was an enthralling final with Grange fully deserving win with some tight bowling and resolute batting.
At the presentation Neil McCallum accepted the Scottish Cup, along with the man of the match award, from Scottish cricket President Jack Ker who also thanked Stirling for their hospitality.