Grange win Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day
Dumfries met Grange in the first semi-final of the day, while Aberdeenshire took on Drumpellier in the second semi-final at Shawholm on Sunday (18 August).
First Semi-Final - Dumfries 111/6, Davidson 38*, Edwards 2/23 lost to Grange 113/1 (12.5 overs) Munsey 52*, Flannigan 32* by 9 wickets.
In the first game of the day Dumfries were asked to bat first against Grange.
George Munsey was the hero with the bat for Grange as the eastern club turned in a fine performance..
Munsey blasted 52 from 45 balls which included three fours and four sixes as he and Ryan Flannigan (32*) chased down the 111 set by Dumfries with seven overs to spare.
Earlier, Alan Davidson had top scored from the Dumfries men earlier with 38 not out but his team-mates struggled to offer support with the next highest score being 14. Josh Edwards claimed two wickets for 23 from his 4 overs.
The match was concluded in horrendous conditions as a heavy shower swept across the ground, but it didn’t hamper Flannigan and Munsey as the pair ensured their team secured the first spot in the final.
Second Semi-final - Aberdeenshire 79 all out (15.5 overs) Tomlinson 27, Adrees 3/17, Sabri 3/19 lost to Drumpellier 83/2 (16.5 overs) Z Mohammed 34*, A Mohammed 35*by 8 wickets.
The second semi-final between Drumpellier and Aberdeenshire was an intriguing affair which saw the northerners raise a few eyebrows by winning the toss and electing to bat first.
The Dons had negotiated themselves to 14/0 before a heavy shower meant the players had to leave the field.
On the resumption, Drumpellier came out with all guns blazing and took three quick wickets to reduce Aberdeenshire to 21/3 in the fourth over.
Things got worse for the Caledonia T20 winners as wickets continued to fall and the bowlers were persistently bowling tight lines to keep the pressure on. They were eventually dismissed for a meagre 79 with 25 balls of their innings still remaining.
A couple of wickets did have Drumpellier in a bit of bother on 16/2 with runs appearing difficult to come by. The Mohammad brothers rolled up their sleeves and steadied the ship for the Langloan brigade to ensure they would reach the target, and final, with no further drama as they cruised past the target after 16.5 overs to give them an 8 wicket win.
Final- Drumpellier 122/6 (20 overs); McLaren 38*, Routray 1/7, lost to Grange 126/4 (12.5 overs); Munsey 36, Flannigan 34 by 6 wickets
With the earlier rain delays it meant that the final didn’t get underway until much later than originally planned. The wet weather had disappeared and the sun came out ahead of the final, although the temperature had dropped slightly.
After winning the toss Grange had no hesitation in asking Drumpellier to bat first. Australian Armitage went for his shots, only to sky a high catch to Henry Edwards at third-man off the bowling of Raj Routray to hand the Stags the early initiative.
Zahir Mohammad then pulled his hamstring scampering for a single and required a runner, which saw the just dismissed Armitage back out in his pads.
The batsmen continued to find getting the ball to the boundary difficult after good opening spells by Gordon Goudie and Routray. It was a tricky period for Drumpellier who had to endure a period of pressure on a pitch that was starting to show a bit of variable bounce.
The wicket of Zahir Mohammad brought Graeme McLaren to the crease with the score reading 64/4. The hard-hitting batsmen then launched his side back into contention when it looked like a competitive score would be unlikely.
Much to the delight of the Drumpellier supporters McLaren sent the ball to all parts of the ground seemingly only dealing in maximums. A six followed by a free-hit that also disappeared for 6 took the score past 100.
McLaren would eventually finish unbeaten on 36 and give his side some hope of becoming 2013 Murgitroyd T20 Champions.
Those thoughts, however, were soon to be extinguished by the hitting of George Munsey who continued his form from the first semi-final.
Goudie opened up with Munsey and the pair went on the attack taking 13 runs from the first over. Sabri had Goudie LBW, but not before the batsmen had hit two fours and a six.
Ryan Flannigan and George Munsey then put on a match-winning partnership as the destructive batting combination struck 91 runs in 31 minutes to take the game away from Drumpellier.
Both displayed a mixture of brutal hitting and elegant stroke-play to help their team reach three figures. Extras also proved to be helpful to the Grange cause.
Although both Munsey and Flannigan were dismissed before the end, along with the run-out of Gregor Maiden, Josh Edwards (6*) and Neil McCallum (11*) helped see their team home with 7 overs to spar.
Drumpellier would have been left thinking of what might have been had McLaren’s assault had come earlier in the innings, but overall Grange were worthy winners of the 2013 Murgitroyd T20 Trophy.