Scottish Cup - Round 1 Review
Cricket Media round up the first round of matches in the 2016 Citylets Scottish Cup.
Holders Arbroath safely negotiated a potential banana-skin by beating SMRH at Inverleith on a day of big winning margins and some standout individual performances in the first round of the Citylets Scottish Cup.
Skipper Marc Petrie led by example by thumping 58 to set up a target of 272 for the hosts who made a promising start before being shot out for 188.
Last season’s beaten finalists Grange hammered capital rivals Watsonians at Raeburn Place - skittling the Myreside men for just 65 after cruising to a lofty 333 for nine.
Andrew Brock was another captain in prime form, snapping up six wickets for only five runs after former Scotland batsman Neil McCallum had hit 93 in Grange’s winning total.
Big-hitting Craig Wallace continued a prolific start to the new season with the day’s biggest individual score - 165 – as Forfarshire posted 365-6 against Ayr at Cambusdoon.
Umair Mohammed also contributed 77 before the hosts were shot out for 206.
Western Premier champions Clydesdale produced one of the quickest wins of the day after dismissing cup debutants Dunnikier for just 47.
Akram Shakoor was the destroyer-in-chief with a superb haul of 6-26 before Mo Awais dominated the run-chase with 38no in a 10-wicket success.
Glenrothes pushed Dale all the way for the fastest win of the round after an extraordinary win at Dumfries.
Rizwan Akbar claimed 6-16 as the 2012 Western Premier champions were dismissed for 50 before Chris Greaves’ rapid 30no propelled the Fifers to victory inside just four overs.
Ex-Scotland man Ross Lyons bagged his second century of the weekend and earned a six-wicket haul to inspire East Kilbride to glory against Meigle.
Lyons hit an astonishing eight maximums and the same number of fours in reaching his ton from only 47 balls as EK posted 323-9 before dismissing Meigle for 175.
Brock McLachlan struck 87 as West of Scotland upset the odds to beat Stoneywood-Dyce at Peoples Park.
However, there was success for the Granite City’s other Eastern Premier outfit Aberdeenshire who recovered from a shaky start to prevail against Western Premier pace-setters Kelburne at Mannofield.
Eastern Premier outfits Carlton and Falkland are through to the second round after heading west to beat Prestwick and Glasgow Accies respectively.
Drumpellier had centuries from Matt Goles and Saif Sajjad in a 200-run win over Marchmont at Langloan while Stirling County were too strong on home turf for Penicuik.
Ferguslie skipper Gregor Preston-Jones was another centurion, hitting 138 in a crushing 242-run win over Weirs, a margin of victory eclipsed by Uddingston who won by 250 runs against Renfrew after a century from Gavin Bradley.
It was closer at Shawholm where Poloc pushed Heriot’s before going down by three wickets.
Greenock created a mini-shock with a nine-wicket triumph over Stenhousemuir at Glenpark.