Scottish Cup Review - 7 June
Kelburne yesterday continued their excellent start to the season by claiming a place in the quarter-final of the Scottish Cup after a thrilling win over East Kilbride at Whitehaugh.
In the battle between the Western Union’s third and fourth placed teams it was the Paisley outfit who came out on top despite a late scare from big-hitting Ross Lyons who almost pulled off an amazing one-man salvage act for his mis-firing side.
Chasing 177 for victory, East Kilbride looked dead and buried when they slumped to 106-9, their highest scorer having made just 15.
However, former Saltires all-rounder Lyons, known for his clean striking of the ball, launched a savage counter-attack which briefly had home supporters fearing the worst.
He hammered a brilliant 67 from just 42 deliveries with eight boundaries and three maximums.
Lyons, surely batting too low at No7, was last man out as Brad Williams claimed his third wicket to secure Kelburne’s passage by 28 runs.
Earlier, the hosts made a shaky start with two run-outs contributing to a score of 52-4 when Williams, having scored 32 of that tally, was out to Moneeb Iqbal.
However, a stand of 80 between Omer Hussain and Jak O’Connell put the Paisley side back on course and ultimately proved crucial.
Former Saltires star Hussain led the way, reaching 50 with the fourth of his boundaries while youngster O’Connell lent common-sense support with 27.
The pair were out in quick succession to Stuart Kampman while Fred Klaassen was the pick of the visiting bowlers with 3-21 as the Kelburne tail failed to score as freely as they would have wanted.
However, their tally of 176-8 proved despite those late heroics of Lyons.
Kelburne are joined in the last eight by Paisley neighbours Ferguslie who completed an excellent weekend and struck a blow for the Western Union with a convincing win over Eastern Premier outfit Falkland at Scroggie Park.
Twenty-four hours after a thrilling league win at Dumfries, the Paisley side strolled to an easy 74-run win.
In contrast, Dumfries suffered their second defeat of the weekend as Arbroath balanced the east v west score by racing to victory at Nunholm.
It was all over by mid-afternoon after the hosts were bundled out for just 82, shooting themselves in the foot with three needless run-outs while Craig Ramsay and Ryan Cameron.
Arbroath then scored at almost ten runs an over as Brendan Ford bludgeoned an unbeaten 57 to secure an eight-wicket triumph.
Elsewhere, in a rain-affected match at Peoples Park, Stoneywood-Dyce carved -out a 38-run D/L win over Watsonians.
Arguably the most attractive tie of the round – also in the Granite City – was likewise interrupted by frequent showers before Carlton, beaten finalists in 2013, stayed on course for another appearance on the big stage with an excellent win over Aberdeenshire at Mannofield.
Batting first the visitors’ innings was punctuated by a series of frustrating rain breaks but Carlton’s batsmen stuck to their task, scoring freely until Fraser Watts became the first casualty one short of a half-century.
Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen fell soon after but his international team-mate Hamish Gardiner went on to score 64 while the lower order men played their part with Rory McCann finishing unbeaten on 31 as Carlton posted 190-5.
Set a revised target of 204 from 33 overs, Aberdeenshire’s innings was also interrupted by the elements and they were never in complete control of the chase, eventually falling 16 runs short.
Holders Grange are safely through after an 86-run win at Prestwick. In a match reduced to 25-overs, George Munsey followed-up his 177no twenty-four hours earlier with a more modest 40 in his side’s 169-5 before the hosts were restricted to 83-8.
In another shortened affair at Cambusdoon Western Union champions Ayr came off second best to Forfarshire.
Scotland U19 all-rounder Scott Cameron was the visitors’ hero with a half-century and the big wicket of Ayr’s pro Lenert van Wyk as the Broughty Ferry side won by 19 runs.
Poloc’s efforts to get their Shawholm ground playable in time for a delayed start paid dividends when they beat Western Union first division rivals Stenhousemuir.
Craig Young top-scored with 64 before Niel Bredenkamp took five wickets for just nine runs as Poloc won by 43 runs to set up a home quarter-final against Forfarshire.