Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day 2015
This Sunday will see the razzamataz of the 2015 Murgitroyd Finals day at Poloc Cricket Club with four teams hoping to be crowned champions.
To reach the Finals, the Shawholm hosts overcame Irvine, Kilmarnock, Prestwick and then local rivals East Kilbride in a rain affected Rowan Cup final. Knocks from Christopher Graham and Reivers player Craig Young managed to help their side overcome East Kilbride and will be two players to watch on Sunday.
Keith Young of NVT Poloc CC said, "Though the club has long been associated with the Murgitroyd T20 Finals Day, as hosts, this season sees it involved on the field too! Having won the qualifying Rowan Cup for the first time since 2007, the club is delighted to be representing the west region on Sunday, though go in to Finals Day very much as underdogs against three Premier Division clubs. It's nevertheless with a mixture of excitement and optimism that our predominantly young side will go into the first semi-final against Dumfries CC."
Stafforce Dumfries are no strangers to Finals Day and Robert McBride, the Dumfries captain, is hoping his side can topple the hosts, "We are looking forward to playing at the T20 Finals Day on Sunday and also against Poloc at Shawholm. I'm sure there will be plenty of home support as a result but Dumfries will be doing their best to disappoint them and take one of the places in the final."
Autoecosse Forfarshire will have Scotland internationalist Craig Wallace in their ranks as they meet Watsonian in the second semi-final of the day. The Forfs wicket-keeper struck 128 against the ‘Sonians last week, however, Angus Fraser-Harris and Andrew Chalmers helped Watsonians come out on top in a match packed with runs.
Wallace commented ahead of the big day, “We are delighted as a club to have made it to finals day of this competition. We've had a long and hard campaign which we have done well to get through but we'd love more importantly to get a couple of wins on Sunday. A goal from us was to win something this summer so this provides a great opportunity. Our semi on Sunday will be a great challenge against Watsons though as we had a great game last Saturday and they showed us what they are capable of and Poloc on their home wicket with always be hard if they make it to the final, as they beat us in the Scottish cup as well.”
Watsonian captain Ewan Chalmers, who oversaw his sides thumping of Edinburgh CC in the Final of the Masterton Trophy added, “This is the first time the club has reached the National Finals day and we have been pleased to beat some of the top sides along the way. Hopefully we can take our recent run of good form in the league into the shorter form and bring a national title back to Myreside”
Cricket Scotland President, Colin Neill, will be on hand to present the winning side with the trophy.
Semi Final 1 (11.00)
NVT Poloc v Stafforce Dumfries
Semi Final 2 (13.45)
Autoecosse Forfarshire v Watsonian