Grange win 2014 Murgitroyd T20 competition
The annual Murgitroyd T20 competition took place on Sunday (7 August) after a number of attempts to get the semis and finals played had succumbed to the weather.
Grange entertained Fofarshire in the first semi-final at Shawholm, after Grange had won the toss they elected to field first.
Gordon Goudie claimed the prize wicket of Craig Wallace with only 2 on the board. Matthew Parker and Umair Mohammed put on 30 for the second wicket, but just when the pair looked to be stabilising the innings, Parker fell to Raj Routray.
Enter Andrew Brock with his off-spin to decimate the Forfarshire line-up. His figures of 6/11, including the wicket of Mohammed for 23, meant a final total of 90 was reached from the Forfs 18 overs.
In reply the Forfarshire bowlers started brightly, taking the wickets of George Munsey, Ryan Flannigan and Gordon Goudie with only 25 runs on the board.
Nick Farrar and Brock then met in the middle to carry their bats towards the total. Farrar made 27 while Brock completed an eye-catching performance finishing on 34*, to pass the required total in the 14th over.
In the second semi-final Dumfries were humbled by Clydesdale at Titwood after being asked to bat first.
Two early run outs didn’t get the men from Nunholm off to the best of starts, and it was only to get worse as the Clydesdale bowlers picked up quick wickets, to ensure Dumfries were bowled out for only 39, with Niall Alexander top-scoring with 9*.
Clydesdale took little time to chase down the total with Barbour (5*) and Awais, who struck 28 from only 18 deliveries, setting up a Grange v Clydesdale Final.
It was over at Shawholm, Poloc that the Final took place, with the two teams last meeting in the Scottish Cup Final a few weeks earlier.
Clydesdale won the toss and elected to field first as Munsey (45) and Goudie (30) got the 2013 champions off to a strong start.
Young Tom Sole came to the crease with his side 106/5, and together with Brock (26) boosted the total up to 177, with young Sole unbeaten on 52 as the Grange innings came to a conclusion.
In the Clydesdale reply, the pressure was put on by the holders as they reduced the opposition to 45/5 with the wickets being shared around by the Grange bowlers.
Arun Pillai was the pick of the bowlers with 3/9 from 2.4 overs, with Shakoor top scoring with 26. The final Clydesdale wicket fell in the penultimate over as Grange successfully defended their crown by 84 runs.
Cricket Scotland would like to thank all those involved in making the finals day a success and Murgitroyd for their continued sponsorship of the tournament.