Scottish Cup Round Up - Week 3
From David Kelso Cricket Media
Aberdeenshire groundsman Kenny McCurdie fears he will have to order a few new sets of stumps when new Australian fast-bowling recruit Daya Singh really gets into the swing of things at Mannofield.
McCurdie issued his verdict after watching the teenager produce a remarkable all-round display of skill and bravery to propel the hosts to a most unlikely Scottish Cup triumph over Uddingston.
Sydneysider Singh inflicted the initial damage on the Lanarkshire men by grabbing a six-wicket haul.
Then he battled his way through the pain barrier following a bout of cramp to carry Shire over the winning line, sharing a half-century tail-end stand with another youngster, Adrian Neil - who made the move to the Granite City from Nairn.
McCurdie said: "Not only was Daya extremely nippy, he was phenomenally accurate. That was backed up by the fact that four of his victims were clean-bowled and the other two were lbw.
"He looked quick to start with, and I heard the Uddingston guys talking about how he seemed to add 10mph to his pace when the sun came out!
"The lad is certainly going to make a big impression on the Scottish scene - but from a personal point of view, I am worried about how my stumps will stand up to the battering.
"Either i am going to have to find a way to strengthen them - or make sure I have plenty of extra ones in the shed…"
McCurdie was backed up by match umpire Alex Dowdalls, who was in the best position to assess Singh's talents.
He declared: "Apparently the boy has been clocked at 88mph back in Australia - and he is the quickest bowler I have seen in this country for a long, long time."
Skipper Scott Birrell denied Freuchie were a club in crisis after they were hammered by Drumpellier, having turned up at Langloan with only nine men.
Birrell explained: "The first phase of Cup games were always going to be a concern for us.
"We had five guys still involved with football, a couple with hockey and wicketkeeper Michael Jackson called off because his wife had a baby.
"We expect most of these players to be back in time for the start of the league programme next week."
Drumpellier themselves feared they were on a sticky wicket when their roller went on the blink after they had skittled the depleted Fifers for just 31.
But they managed to get the stubborn machine shifted - and they stepped up their tournament surge.
They cruised to the target in the ninth over without their openers being parted following the devastating bowling display by new overseas amateur Jarrod Armitage and Mohammed Ramzan.
Ramzan took four for six, while Armitage bagged three for 11.
Former Scotland World Cup paceman John Blain snapped up five Carlton wickets at Grange Loan - but his efforts for West of Scotland were not enough to stop the Edinburgh side easing their way to victory.
Carlton set a target of 230, with four men - including Blain's ex-national squad mare Fraser Watts - passing the 30-mark.
Cheeky Gosain was the pick of the home attack with three scalps to send West sliding to 122 all out.
Dumfries's disappointing start to the season continued as they slumped to a three-wicket loss to Heriot's at Goldenacre.
Cameron Farrell was the destroyer-in-chief with a return of five for 42 as Dumfries hit 161.
Steve Knox (49) and Adam Lockhart-Krause (30) starred in the soiid reply.
Another ex-Scotland all-rounder, Cedric English, struck 92 to inspire SMRH to success at the hands of East Kilbride at Torrance House.
And Clydesdale edged out West Lothian at Titwood.
Rushtie Jappie's unbeaten 124 for Stenhousemuir proved too much for Glenrothes to deal with.