CARLTON produced the shock of the second round by sending holders Grange crashing out of the Citylets Scottish Cup with a brilliant 60-run win at Grange Loan.
Set a target of 254, Grange’s star-studded line-up, featuring seven Scotland internationals, were soon in trouble as the home bowlers had them teetering on 105-8.
Grange, who won an unprecedented domestic treble last season, recovered to reach 193 thanks to some tail-end resistance, Jamie Cairns hitting a defiant 52 and Charlie Peet 27, but they could not deny Carlton a famous and deserved win.
Wickets were shared around but Scotland paceman Ali Evans struck a decisive double blow by dismissing cap colleagues Dylan Budge and Preston Mommsen in quick succession while Shiv Gupta and Adil Raza accounted for big-hitters Oli Hairs and George Munsey.
Earlier Rory McCann top-scored for the home side with a battling 53 while there were valuable contributions from Tom Simpson (48) and Fraser Burnett (46).
With such a scalp to their name Carlton may now be considered among the favourites to go on and lift the trophy but last year’s beaten finalists Heriot’s will also be quoted after gaining revenge for their 2017 Grand Final defeat to Prestwick at Goldenacre.
The visitors produced a gritty batting display to reach 227-6 with Matt Morgan and Sachin Chaudhary both notching half-centuries in the face of consistently tight bowling.
Heriot’s were always up with the required run-rate and eventually sealed a five-wicket win with thirteen balls to spare, Elnathan Meiri top-scoring with 54.
Elsewhere, Euan Small’s four early wickets put Arbroath in charge against Eastern Premier rivals RH Corstorphine at Barnton.
Small’s effort reduced the home side to 30-4 and, despite a battling 78-ball 35no from Kevin Meier, the Lions slipped to 107 all out, Fred Snyman joining the attack to go through the tail with 4-19.
The Lochlands men lost five wickets during the chase, Majid Haq picking up 3-19, but Darryl Sinclair’s 38 and 36no from Willem Lubbe proved decisive.
Chris Venske starred with ball and bat as Aberdeenshire put their league struggles aside to beat Clydesdale by eight wickets at Mannofield.
Venske first claimed 5-9 as Dale were shot out for 70 and then led the chase with 45.
Taimoor Ahmad and Haroon Tahir were the stars of Ferguslie’s thumping win over Renfrew at King George V Playing Fields.
Ahmad stroked a wonderful 126 as the Western Premier champions amassed 344 before Tahir claimed 8-23 to help dismiss the League One outfit for 73.
It was a similar story at Weirs where the lower league side were unable to produce any giant-killing heroics, West of Scotland easing to victory by nine wickets. Skipper Ian Young top-scored with 47no for West after the home side had been bowled out for 103.
Irvine, the third Western League One side to make it to the second round, were also up against it as a Liam Lindsay century and 91 from Liam Ferguson helped Stoneywood-Dyce post an imposing 275-8 at People’s Park.
In reply the visitors could make just 93.
Meanwhile, Kinloch forfeited their scheduled clash with Stirling at New Williamfield.