Grange win 2014 Scottish Cup Final
Mazars Grange 222/8 (50 overs) Flannigan 84, McCallum 55, Bashir 6/40, beat PSL Team Sports Clydesdale 181ao (42.5 overs) Berrington 69, Haq 32, by 38 runs. [Scorecard]
Grange claimed their eighth Scottish Cup at Stirling Cricket Club against Clydesdale on Sunday with an imperious performance in the late summer sunshine.
Captain Neil McCallum won the toss and elected to bat first, sending in Nick Farrar and George Munsey to open the innings.
Clydesdale opted for the seam attack of Richie Berrington and A Shakoor, but soon switched to spin after the Grange opening duo had put on 51.
It proved to be a wise move, as the experienced Majid Haq accounted for George Munsey, when the batsman attempted a reverse-sweep, trapping the newly capped Scotland player in-front for 29.
Four runs later the left arm spin of Con de Lange tempted Farrar to attempt a shot over the top, only to find Haq at mid-off who took a good low catch, to claim the second wicket of the day.
Last year’s cup final centurion, Neil McCallum, then came together with Ryan Flannigan to put on a stand worth 130 runs. McCallum was effective with the sweep, while Flannigan looked to hit the ball straight, pushing back the Clydesdale fielders.
Flannigan reached his half century from 105 deliveries, while McCallum reached the same milestone a few overs later from 68 deliveries.
McCallum added another 5 runs to his score before becoming Zeeshan Bashir’s first wicket of the match, caught by Kasim Farid, with 195 on the board.
Flannigan continued to hit out as he searched for his century, but Bashir had other ideas having the batsman caught for 84.
The Grange innings then stuttered as Gordon Goudie, Andrew Brock, Simon Smith and Arun Pillai all fell victim to Bashir – who claimed six scalps - to halt the charge and ensure that 222 would be the target after their allotted innings.
Clydesdale’s reply faltered as they found themselves on 33/3 in the 14th over. International duo Majid Haq and Richie Berrington then hauled their team back into contention with a 79 run partnership, much to the delight of the large Clydesdale contingent.
Haq had reached 32 with some lusty blows before an Arun Pillai delivery struck the pads of the batsman, as the umpire raised his finger with the score on 112/4.
Tom Sole claimed two wickets in his second over of the day, removing Farid and Awais, to give Grange one hand on the cup.
Berrington made his way to 50, which included 4 fours and a six, until he also fell to Sole – hitting a wide half-volley to Farrar, which took he grasped at the second attempt. After 40 overs both teams had 160 on the board, albeit with Clydesdale having a solitary wicket remaining in their chase.
Mohammed Ali was the final wicket to fall in the 42nd over, as the challengers attempt came to an end, 38 runs short of the Grange total.
At the post-match presentation Ryan Flannigan was awarded the man of the match after his swashbuckling 84.