U18 Scottish Cup Finals Day
The Peacock Salt U18 Finals day took place at a rather cold Scroggie Park in Falkland at the start of the month with one of Arbroath, Carlton, Clydesdale and a combined SMRH/Heriot’s side hoping to be 2013 Champions.
Arbroath took on SMRH/Heriot’s in the initial encounter of the day. The two Carnegies, Blair (40) and Harris (25) of Arbroath managed to help their side to 123/7 after their innings. In reply, the combined outfit managed to reach the total, albeit in dramatic fashion.
Ben Wilkinson, who has been in fine form for Scotland u17s this season, made his way to 50, but when he lost his wicket for 61 it was a scramble to see if they would get over the line.
Eventually Scott Lucas would hit the final delivery of the match to the rope, which tied the scores, as Edinburgh/SMRH progressed to the final on fewer wickets lost.
The second semi-final saw Carlton play Clydesdale with the western side batting first. I Selby had made 25 before has was trapped in front by Fraser Allardice.
A Chaudrhay was the only other batsmen to get set for Clydesdale, but when he was run out for 21 by Kyle Macpherson the batting side could only go on to post 105/8. Aslam, Rittoo and Allardice were the pick of the bowlers taking two wickets each.
Macpherson (33*) and Aslam (28*) ensured that there was little fuss made during the chase with the Grange Loan side reaching the score comfortably, and booking their place in the final.
In the final Heriot’s /SMRH batted first and found things difficult early on against the seam bowling of Rittoo – with the score showing 17/3.
Wilkinson again stepped up to the plate with some emphatic hitting to lead his side out of immediate trouble taking the score to 60 after 11 overs.
It was youngsters Ritoo and Chayank Gosain who would prove to be the ones who would swing things back in Carlton’s favour, but not before Rittoo had stopped the onslaught from Wilkinson, dismissing the batsman just after he had reached 50. Eventually the combined team were dismissed for 99.
The impressive Alex Anderson ensured it wouldn’t be all one way traffic after he had beaten Macpherson and Allardice for pace, bowling both batsmen, to give Heriot’s/SMRH some early hope.
A composed innings of 46 by the highly rated Matthew Wells helped Carlton recover from their early scare, and along with Haris Aslam (27*) the pair added 64 in a match winning third wicket stand.
Aslam ensured the trophy would be heading east after a trademark scoop shot saw Carlton over the line and be crowned 2013 U18 Scottish Cup Champions.