Citylets Scottish Cup Semi-Final Preview

Cricket Media preview the Citylets Scottish Cup semi-finals as Grange visit Ferguslie and Arbroath travel to Heriots.

Lizzie Sleet @CricketScotland
July 14, 2018 6 years

Ferguslie skipper Jamey Carruthers accepts that his side will go into Citylets Scottish Cup battle with Grange as underdogs.

But he insisted that the incentive of appearing in a home turf final against either Heriot’s or Arbroath could tilt fortunes the way of the Paisley brigade.

Fergie make the semi-final trip to Raeburn Place boosted by the presence of David Stafford, who missed yesterday’s league action because he was attending his brother’s wedding.

And Carruthers said: “The tie against Grange is absolutely huge for us because we have the chance of earning a place in the trophy decider at Meikleriggs, which would be an even more enormous occasion.

“We are taking a big support through to Edinburgh and even though Grange will be favourites, we believe we have the ability to get the result we want.”

Arbroath will be in the same position along the road at Goldenacre.

By their recent standards, the Lochlands outfit have had a mixed season in the Eastern Premiership, but skipper Marc Petrie made it clear that they regard the cup as a major prize.

He stated: “The tournament means a great deal to us. We had a taste of success a couple of years ago and we are extra determined to repeat the feat.”

Of course, Grange and Heriot’s both have eyes on the league and cup double as they occupy the top two places in the title race.

Grange have reached the last four via a tricky path, having had to deal with the challenges of Ayr, Forfarshire and neighbours RHC Lions.

Heriot’s have had a much less testing route, sweeping aside the challenges of Irvine, Stirling County and Weir’s.

The final at Meikleriggs will take place on August 19, with the reserve day a week later.

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