Scottish Cup Round Up
The Scottish Cup entered its second round of fixtures at the weekend, and provided more surprises with a number of big guns bowing out of the competition.
SMRH ended Greenock’s Scottish Cup run at the weekend with a 90 run victory at Glenpark, Greig Bissett fell one run short of his century, while half centuries from K McCallum and S Parker helped the Edinburgh side set a D/L affected score of 257 from 45 overs.
Only D Thomas made a meaningful contribution of 45 in reply as the home side fell 90 runs short.
It was an entertaining encounter at Scroggie Park as Falkland dumped the CSL Eastern Champions, Arbroath, out of the competition. Wayne Sullivan was the pick of the bowlers, taking 5 for 31, to dismiss Arbroath for 122 after 38 overs.
In reply, Safyaan Sharif struck an unbeaten 49 to guide his side into the Quarter Finals as Falkland reached the target with 4 wickets remaining.
Current Scottish Cup holders Mazzars Grange also continued to march on in their quest to lift the famous trophy once more, this time with a 89 run win over Autoecosse Forfarshire.
George Munsey compiled 89 when, together with some effective hitting by Gordon Goudie who made 36 ensured Forfs would need to make 238 from their 50 overs to win. Matthew Parker did make 30, but Arun Pillai and Chris Sole shared six wickets to guide Grange to a comfortable win.
PSL Clydesdale defeated Renfrew by 100 runs thanks to a 47* by Majid Haq and two wickets apiece for Z Bashir and A Shakoor.
Watsonian captain Ewan Chalmers put in a fine effort with bat and ball to help his side see off the challenge of Poloc at Myreside. The Scotland internationalist made 51, before picking up 4 wickets to seal a 49 run victory.
Aberdeenshire recorded a convincing win against Stirling County and will now travel to the winner of the abandoned Ferguslie v Tunnocks Uddingston fixture.
The tie between Kelburne and East Kilbride was also called off when the rain set in after 13 overs.