Scottish Cup Round-Up
The Scottish Cup glory hopes of Paisley neighbours Ferguslie and Kelburne hit the buffers last night as the power of Eastern Premiership title-chasers Arbroath and Carlton shone through on home turf.
Grange also made their expected progression into the semi-finals by staving off the challenge of Stoneywood-Dyce at Raeburn Place, while the Poloc v Forfarshire tussle was put on hold because Shawholm was waterlogged.
Brendon Ford emerged as the man who mattered at Lochlands. The all-round talents of the opening batsman were underlined by a five-wicket haul, which stemmed the Ferguslie knock to 161.
Ford’s spell yielded only 23 runs from his nine overs - then he got the chase off to a solid start by hitting a brisk 27.
Ross McLean and Fraser Burnett maintained the momentum, ruling out any prospect of a meaningful fightback by the visitors.
McLean perished one adrift of his 50 to give Feegie a glimmer of confidence, but they never looked like making the Angus men toil for their ticket to the last four.
They eased across the line with five wickets and six overs to spare, Burnett keeping his end up with 52 not out.
In light of their recent shaky league form, Carlton might have felt fretful when they could make only 184 all out against a tidy attack,
Gordon Drummond struck 66 and Hamish Gardiner made 63.
But the jitters were steadied when Kelburne plunged to 12 for three in their response, including two breakthroughs by Roy McCloy.
Omer Hussain kept their slim aspirations alive until he was snapped up by Hamish Gardiner off spinner Cheeky Gosain just short of his half-century.
There was no sting in the tail and Carlton quickly completed the 62-run victory.
Arbroath stay at Lochlands for their semi against Poloc or Forfarshire on July 28, while Carlton entertain Grange.
Grange raced to their five-wicket victory over SD, thanks mainly to a typically spectacular display of big-hitting from George Munsey, who thumped 64 in 43 balls
Meanwhile, Falkland were celebrating after claiming a place in the second nationwide round of the British Village Cup.
In a drama-packed climax in Yorkshire, the locals of Ouseburn needed 10 runs from the last four balls to steal the glory in the high-scoring encounter.
Ouseburn needed 10 runs from the last four deliveries - but thanks to keen fielding, they fell one short.
Earlier, Jack Henderson (80) and Brock Ditchmen (74) had provided the backbone of the Fifers’ tally of 307 for six.
Falkland president Robbie Nellies said: “I am hugely proud of the guys. To win the Scottish regional title was amazing in itself, but to beat a strong English side was even more remarkable.
“We have another long trip in our next fixture, but the lads will be up for the challenge.”