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May 8, 2023 1 year

Sunday saw round one fixtures in the Men’s Scottish Cup taking place and Scotland stars Chris Greaves and Safyaan Sharif were up against each other at Portgower Place as Gen!us Grange took on Perth Doo’cot.

Sharif made 27, but he was trapped LBW by Greaves. The top scorer for the visitors to Edinburgh as they posted 194 all out batting first was Asif Naeem with 71, while Joel Rush made 39.

Greaves took 3-31, but it was England physical disability cap Angus Brown who stole the show with 5-48.

Brown then made 42 opening the batting in Grange’s reply, but some good bowling from Perth Doo’cot led by Musakhar Hussain gave the hosts a few issues.

Captain Tom Foulds stood firm with 49 not out though as Grange won by three wickets, reaching 197-7.

Another skipper, Forfarshire’s Scott Cameron, took 3-9 as the holders safely negotiated their trip to Renfrew, winning by five wickets as 93 all out played 97-5.

Watsonians won at Drumpellier by five wickets, Heriot’s got through a low scorer at Prestwick by three wickets and Kilmarnock were on top form to defeat Glasgow Accies by eight wickets.

There was a cracking game at Bothwell Castle Policies as Tunnock’s Uddingston’s 266-6 batting first was just enough to beat Stenhousemuir’s reply of 264-8 by two runs.

It was by far the highest scoring tie of the round and Amaan Ramzan hit a brilliant 104 in the Uddingston innings backed up by 80 by Fazal Jawad and an important 39 not out by Muhammad Awais. Callum Grant took 3-37 for Stenhousemuir.

Opener Zander Smith’s 91 gave Stenhousemuir real hope in their run chase, but he was caught by Jawad off Ross Lyons to leave his side 195-5.

The middle and lower order did their best to get the visitors over the line, but Uddingston stood firm to progress.

Meigle defended 135 all out to win at McCrea FS West of Scotland, M8 Driving Ferguslie won by four wickets at SM Cricket Stirling County as 82 all out played 84-6, Ayr came out on top at Langside and Stewart’s Melville were comfortable victors at Greenock.

On home turf, Falkland beat Calero Kelburne by seven wickets as 58 played 61-3.

RH Corstorphine and Clydesdale had byes to round two while the ties between Stoneywood Dyce and Arbroath, Gala and Aberdeenshire and Edinburgh and Carlton were postponed and they will have to try again.

Grange’s aforementioned Cup win came 24 hours after they made it two from two in the Eastern Premier League.

At home, they eased past Stoneywood Dyce as 88 played 89-4.

Elsewhere on Saturday in that division, Forfarshire beat Falkland by seven wickets, Meigle defeated Watsonians by 56 runs and the matches between Heriot’s and Carlton and Stewart’s Melville and RH Corstorphine got going, but did not finish due to inclement weather.

In Western Premiership One on Saturday, Stenhousemuir, Ferguslie and Ayr all made it two wins from two.

Stenhousemuir won at Your Move Dumfries by 70 runs, Ferguslie defeated Prestwick by 52 runs and Ayr came out on top at Greenock by 119 runs.

Meanwhile, West of Scotland won at Clydesdale and the weather beat Stirling County and Uddingston.

Three matches were completed in the SPCU North East Championship on Saturday.

Forfarshire II scored 267 all out from their 45 overs to set them up for a 143 run win at Falkland, Freuchie defeated Kinloch by six wickets and Perth Doo’cot won by 30 runs at Strathmore.

The Gen!us Grange-Perth Doo’cot Scottish Cup tie is pictured by Alec Davies

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