Bowlers remain strong as Grange reach semi-finals

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Barclays GRANGE survived a late onslaught by Aberdeenshire pro Harsha Cooray to progress to the Scottish Cup semi-finals, writes GARY HEATLY.

Twenty-four hours earlier, the Capital outfit had been bowled out by the same opponents for just 96 in the north east, but yesterday they were on form at Portgower Place.

Batting first, the hosts posted 271-8, Gordon Goudie top scoring with 59 and Iain Worth making 40 not out. Josh Edwards (37) and Andrew Brock (33 not out) also chipped in.

Grange’s bowlers then reduced the visitors to 16-3 and when Gregor Maiden trapped former team-mate Neil Macrae lbw they were 62-4.

Cooray and Daya Singh then put together a 117-run partnership before the latter was out for 69. Some big hitting by Cooray took him past his century, but the Grange bowlers held firm to win by ten runs.

Carlton beat Drumpellier in their last eight tie, Hamish Gardiner scoring 78 and skipper Preston Mommsen 74 as the hosts made 249-7 at Grange Loan. Fraser Allardice then took five wickets and Gordon Drummond four as the visitors were all out for 145.

Heriot’s are through to the second-tier Cricket Scotland Trophy semis after 108 not out by skipper Steve Knox and 89 not out by Cameron Farrell helped them defeat East Kilbride at Goldenacre. Watsonians lost in the same event at West of Scotland.

Meanwhile, yesterday the Woodcutters made it through to the Activcity President’s Plate final, their first final in 51 years, beating East Seven leaders Tranent by 44 runs.

Batting first, the non-league side made 141-7, Johnny Bees leading the way with 54 and David Bowie (26) and Graeme Campbell (21 n.o.) chipping in with some useful runs.

They then bowled Tranent out for 97 with Nikki Vohra and Alan Marlow both 
taking three scalps.

Yesterday, in the CSL Eastern First Division, Ruben Hattingh hit a superb 110 not out and took three wickets as RH Corstorphine saw off Freuchie by 72 runs.