Heriot's win U18 Scottish Cup
This year’s National Under 18 Cup, sponsored by Peacock Salt, was decided on Sunday at Boghall, West Lothian Cricket Club (31 August).
It was to prove an exciting day as the winners of the two semi-finals went head-to-head at 4:30pm to see who will be crowned 2014 U18 National Club Champions.
In the first semi-final of the day Carlton batted first against Forfarshire under blue skies. Haris Aslam and Angus Hinton opened the batting and put on 48 for the first wicket, before Jack Hogarth removed Hinton for 21.
Although Walker removed the dangerous Macpherson and Aslam, Carlton managed to finish their innings on a 131 from their 20 overs.
In the Forfarshire reply, Scott Cameron led the way with 47 at the top of the order but, unfortunately for his side, wickets fell at regular intervals with no other batsman reaching double figures.
Good spells from Chayank Gosain (2/18) and Ruari Allardice (2/30) helped guide Carlton into the final, as Forfarshire were dismissed 25 runs short of the target.
In the second semi-final Heriot’s entertained Ayr. The young Alloway side found it hard going against a disciplined Heriot’s bowling line-up, with Frather returning with figures of 3/10 from two overs, as Ayr made 67 from their 20 overs.
Heriot’s captain, Mark Watt, made light work of the chase, clubbing an unbeaten 37 - with 5 fours and a six - to send his team into the final.
Carlton won the toss and elected to bowl first in the final. Opening batsman Duncan Anderson made 9 before leg-spinner Aslam trapped him in front with 22 runs on the board.
Max Papworth (39) looked in good touch, and together with Mark Watt (30), put on a vital second wicket stand worth 43.
Both Alex Anderson and Ryan Brown made double figures, although boundaries seemed hard to come by in a tense encounter, as Heriot’s concluded their innings on 113/4.
Both openers Hinton and Aslam were dismissed for 0 as Carlton’s reply got off to a shaky start in their quest for silverware.
Some good quick running by Craig Everett kept the current champions in the hunt, scoring 29. But wickets seemed difficult to retain, stuttering the flow of runs for the batting side.
The lower order contributed, but the boundary wasn’t breached enough to ever put them in contention, as Heriot’s were crowned U18 champions for the first time in their history, as final wicket fell with Carlton 25 runs short.