With the second round of the men’s Scottish Cup taking place on Sunday, Gary Heatly catches up with Andersons East Kilbride and Drumpellier…
WDCU First Division outfits Andersons East Kilbride CC and Drumpeliier CC are looking forward to getting back into Scottish Cup action this Sunday.
In the first round, East Kilbride went to Doo’cot Park and defeated Perth Doocot by six wickets while Drumpellier were on top form with the ball to bowl Edinburgh Accies out for 72.
They then knocked off the required runs in just 12.2 overs in reply.
Both sides also won their opening league matches last Saturday – against East Renfrewshire and Kilmarnock respectively – to leave them feeling good ahead of busy respective weekends.
East Kilbride are on the road to Ayr on Saturday on league business and then host Gen!us Grange in the Cup on Sunday and ahead of the latter their captain Stewart Kampman said: “We know that Grange are a good side with strength in depth, but we always enjoy challenging ourselves in the Cup and at home we always back ourselves.
“I missed the Perth Doo’cot game, but the guys played very well to get through and we played well in the league last weekend, so everything is positive around the place.
“Since the pandemic we have put a real emphasis on youth at the club and also on getting guys back playing who have maybe taken a break to deepen our first team squad and it seems to be working just now because there are a number of people pushing for spots in the team and, as a captain, that is what you want.”
Last weekend in the 45-run home victory over East Kilbride at Torrance House, Kampman led from the from with 32 runs and three wickets.
Meanwhile, Drumpellier’s weekend is shaping up to consist of a trip to LOC Hire Stenhousemuir in the league before a longer journey to Mannofield to take on Aberdeenshire in the Cup 24-hours later.
And the good news for fans of the Langloan outfit from Coatbridge is that Darren Pryde is set to be available for both games to lead the bowling attack.
He took 5-21 against Edinburgh Accies in round one of the Cup and then added an amazing 8-14 against Kilmarnock in the league, helping his side defend 105 and bowl their opponents out for just 35.
“To have taken 13 wickets in two matches is amazing really,” Drumpellier captain Josh Allison said.
“We were disappointed to only score 105 versus Kilmarnock in the league last weekend, but Darren was pretty much unplayable from the start while his brother Jordan took two wickets as well.
“Jordan is unavailable this weekend, but we have others who can come into the side and the guys are excited for round two of the Cup, we want to try and go as far as we can this year.”
All Scottish Cup second round ties are due to be played this Sunday with a reserve date of June 27 with holders from 2019 Heriot’s set to host Carlton in an all-Edinburgh clash which should be a good match.
The full list of fixtures can be found in the Scottish Cup section of the website.
Andersons East Kilbride captain Stewart Kampman is pictured by Bill Linley
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