Scottish Cup Round Up - Week 4

01 Jul

From Cricket Media

Seldom do two players break the three-figure barrier in the same innings in domestic cricket, however the feat was achieved yesterday when Heriot's crushed Falkland in the Scottish Cup.

Adam Lockhart-Krause smashed 108 not out and David Ross 106 to set up the 59-run victory at Goldenacre.

Their efforts enabled Heriot's to surge to 296 for two, a tally that always looked beyond the scope of the Fifers, who have been in great form in the First Division.

A superb 130 by Matty Parker wasn't enough to inspire Forfarshire to glory against his former Arbroath mates in a Lochlands derby thriller.

The hosts needed five from the last over with only one wicket in hand in a tension-packed climax and they scrambled the clinching run off the penultimate delivery.

Forfarshire had posted 255 for nine, with skipper Craig Wallace (69) giving Parker stout support.

East Kilbride blew Group A wide open with a well-merited success at the hands of Clydesdale, the club who have claimed the trophy more times than any other.

Stewart Kampman held his nerve at Titwood with an unbeaten half-century to make sure of the six-wicket win with five overs to spare.

Drumpellier carried their impressive CSL momentum into the Scottish Cup as they swept aside the challenge of Weirs at Albert Park.

Jarrod Armitage (79) and Mohammed Ramzan (71 not out) provided the springboard for a Drumps total of 253 for four.

Then Imran Adrees snapped up three wickets to send the home troops hurtling to 91 all out.

In the same section, Freuchie's run of dismal results continued - but at least they made Watsonians battle for their six-wicket win at Muir Road.

Stuart Chalmers was the hero of the hour for the Edinburgh outfit, following up his five bowling scalps with a knock of 42.

Andy Hislop was also in fine nick to strike an unbeaten 46 to guide Sonians to the target of 182.

Grange booked a slot in the knock-out stages with a predictably clear-cut triumph over Dundee HSFP on Tayside.

Ben Strachan (26) was the only home-turf batsman to put any real resistance as they crumbled to 109 all out.

The visitors strolled over the finishing line in 22 overs with eight men to spare, Ian Worth top-scoring on 43.

Teenager Dave Kidd's five wicket haul propelled Stoneywood-Dyce to a convincing success at Penicuik to preserve their unbeaten record in the competition.

Glenrothes received a reality check at Riverside Park, where Aberdeenshire also had it easy.

Without former Scotland skipper Ryan Watson, the hosts struggled to cope with the Shire attack and were skittles for just 67, with only two batters managing to get into double figures.

Adrian Neill was the destroyer-in-chief as he bagged three for 11 from his seven overs, while Harsha Cooray took three for 22.

Aberdeenshire shrugged off a jittery spell during which they lost four wickets for nine runs they completed the job thanks mainly to 30 not out from veteran Neil MacRae.

Drumpellier have emerged as one of the surprise packages of the season, but their successes on the pitch have been overshadowed by events on the other side of the boundary rope.

The Coatbridge side are tucked in behind local rivals Uddingston in the Western Zone of the Premiership - and on Saturday they made it four wins out of four in the Scottish Cup with a comprehensive away win against Weirs.

However, they were in no mood to celebrate after an arson attack on their clubhouse less than 48 hours earlier.

Vandals torched all the spectator seats in front of the pavilion and only quick work by firefighters prevented the whole building going up in flames.

Drumps captain and batting stalwart Graeme McLaren went as far as to hint that the actions of the yobs could even spell the beginning of the end for one of Scotland's most famous teams.

He said: "Times are really tough for most clubs at the moment, but we are feeling it really badly.

"We already had some debts, so this was the last thing we needed.

"Playing numbers are dwindling, as is the social membership - which obviously has an effect on bar takings.

"In addition, fewer and fewer people are keen to be involved in committees."

On the vandalism, McLaren went on: "There was also an attempt to get into the clubhouse and thankfully the firemen got to the gutter just before it would have spread to the roof.

"The club are financially challenged and there is a meeting this week to discuss the situation."

Jarrod Armitage (79) and Mohammed Ramzan (71 not out) laid the foundations for the 162-run victory at Albert Park.

There were also unsavoury goings-on at Kirkhill, where Penicuik's demolition by Stoneywood-Dyce was compounded by the theft of cash and mobile phones from the clubhouse.

The big Tayside derby produced a tension-packed finale at Lochlands where Arbroath got through by the skin of their teeth against Forfarshire.

Darren Spink held his nerve to scramble the winning run with one ball and one wicket to spare at the end of an intriguing encounter.

A marvellous 130 by ex-Arbroath man Matty Parker had propelled Shire to 255 for nine, with skipper Craig Wallace hitting 69.

And their tails were raised further as home opener Ross McLean was dismissed by the first delivery of the chase.

But Fraser Burnett marked his return with 90 and Hamish Bartlett made 54 to set up Spink (40 not out) to make sure.

A relieved Arbroath captain Marc Petrie declared: "It was a great game for the neutral, but a bit close for comfort as far as we're concerned.

"It was a good run chase and getting the win was the most important thing.

"We were confident at the half way stage with it being a good batting surface and quick outfield, though losing Ross so quickly didn't help.

"Hamish and Fraser played superby in the middle overs and got us on tracks.

"Then despite a wobble towards the end, Darren finished a good innings by hitting the winning runs."

Adam Lockhart-Krause smashed 108 not out and David Ross 106 to set up a 59-run victory for Heriot's at the hands of Falkland at Goldenacre.

Their efforts enabled the home men to surge to 296 for two, a tally that always looked beyond the scope of the Fifers, who have been in great form in the First Division.

Freuchie's run of dismal results continued - but at least they made Watsonians battle for their six-wicket win at Muir Road.

Stuart Chalmers was the hero of the hour for the Edinburgh outfit, following up his five bowling scalps with a knock of 42.

Andy Hislop was also in fine nick to strike an unbeaten 46 to guide Sonians to the target of 182.

Grange booked a slot in the knock-out stages with a predictably clear-cut triumph over Dundee HSFP on Tayside.

Ben Strachan (26) was the only home-turf batsman to put any real resistance as they crumbled to 109 all out.

The visitors strolled over the finishing line in 22 overs with eight men to spare, Ian Worth top-scoring on 43.

Glenrothes received a reality check at Riverside Park, where Aberdeenshire also had it easy.

Without former Scotland skipper Ryan Watson, the hosts struggled to cope with the Shire attack and were skittles for just 67, with only two batters managing to get into double figures.

Adrian Neill was the destroyer-in-chief as he bagged three for 11 from his seven overs, while Harsha Cooray took three for 22.

Aberdeenshire shrugged off a jittery spell during which they lost four wickets for nine runs they completed the job thanks mainly to 30 not out from veteran Neil MacRae.

East Kilbride blew Group A wide open with a well-merited success at the hands of Clydesdale, the club who have claimed the trophy more times than any other.

Stewart Kampman held his nerve at Titwood with an unbeaten half-century to make sure of the six-wicket win with five overs to spare.

The other shocks were at Meikleriggs, where Ferguslie outgunned Dumfries, and at Whitehaugh, where Kelburne disposed of Stirling County.

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