The best of Scotland’s T20 club sides were in action this weekend with the honours going to two sides from the Caledonia region.
In their first ever season, the Northern Lights shone brightly at Scroggie Park to lift the Beyond Boundaries Women’s T20 Scottish Cup after a commanding performance against Stewarts Melville.
Having seen off West of Scotland earlier in the day in the semi-final at Freuchie, it was Stewart’s Melville that started strongly in the final hitting 15 off the first over. Short and Holland made 63 before K McColl made the breakthrough in the 10 over and after Short went at the start of the 14 having made 67, Stewarts Melville were only able to add another 29 to the total.
With the ball, K McColl looked impressive taking three wickets in her four overs for 20 runs.
Lister and Glen started the chase for the Northern Lights and the two experienced internationals were ruthless reaching 78 by the 7th over when Lister was bowled by McGill. Glen performed brilliantly with the bat scoring 48 and K McColl (18) nudged the total to 127 in the 14th.
Halliwell and Hogg finished off the chase reaching their target in the 15th over and securing the first piece of silverware to take back to Aberdeen.
In the Men’s T20 Scottish Cup final, New Williamfield was host to both semi finals which saw Forfs defeat EPL champions Heriots by 6 wickets and M8 Driving Ferguslie beat Gala by 81 runs.
In the final, Forfs were shaken early on with the dismissal of Wallace by Ghaffar for three in the first over. This early setback didn’t trouble Leask who made 87 in 52 balls to put Forfs in the driving seat. Leask was eventually dismissed in the 17th by Khan.
Garden contributed a tidy 31 before Hogarth and Duncan took Forfs to 179 in their 20 overs.
Stafford and Ahmad led the attack for Ferguslie, however, they came up against an on-form Cameron who went on to take three wickets in his three overs for 29.
Ferguslie struggled to gain any momentum losing regular wickets with Hogarth (3), O’Neil (1) and Duncan (2) all claiming the scalps of the Ferguslie line up.
The match fizzled out in the last 5 overs with Forfs keeping their composure, although credit goes to Khan and Tahir who kept their innings going to the very end.
Forfarshire were crowned champions and go on to represent Scotland in next years ECL in Spain.