Cricket: Two wins on the spin for Grange

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Barclays Grange cricket captain Neil McCallum hailed the performance of George Munsey and was pleased with his team’s ruthlessness after they made it two wins from two in this year’s Scottish Cup on Saturday.

On the opening weekend of the 2013 season the men from Stockbridge went to Greenock and won and at the weekend they followed it up with a thumping 262-run victory over the Taysiders at Portgower Place.

It means they top Group 
F ahead of this coming 
Saturday’s tough trip across to Renfrew.

The easy win over Dundee HSFP was set-up by a 160-run opening stand by Munsey and Ryan Flannigan. Munsey has clearly benefitted from a winter in New Zealand working on his game and looks like being a regular opening partner for Scotland cap Flannigan after this display.

Munsey made 126 with 
Flannigan hitting 83 as 
their side went on to post a 
massive 334-4 from their 50 overs with the ball being 
dispatched to all areas of the ground.

Captain McCallum, who had missed the Greenock 
match, weighed in with 45 while new recruit and the 
highly-rated Josh Edwards showed glimpses of what he can do with 30 and fellow 
all-rounder Giles Holmes made 24 not out.

With the ball Grange never let their opponents settle with opening bowlers Raj Routray, back from a spell in Australia, and new recruit Ed Abel Smith both producing great opening spells.

Routray took 1-13 off sevens overs and Abel Smith 2-8 from six overs as Dundee HSFP’S batting began to collapse against top level opponents.

Vice-skipper Andrew Brock and teenager Chris Sole then took three wickets apiece and Edwards grabbed one as the visitors were dismissed for just 72.

McCallum said: “It was a good day’s work from start to finish. George has been working hard and I thought that he showed good concentration and batted well and I am looking forward to seeing how he does this season.

“Ryan did well too, while it was good for Josh to get some time in the middle.

“With the ball all of the guys put in a good shift and Chris Sole impressed me.

“Two wins from two is good so far and I am looking forward to seeing how this squad can do together over the coming weeks and months.”

Elsewhere, Heriot’s and Carlton both made it two wins from two in the Scottish Cup.

Heriot’s were on the road for the second week in a row, but made short work of Ferguslie.

Cam Farrell took four wickets and teenager Mark Watt three as the hosts were skittled out for 55.

The holders then knocked off the runs required for the loss of three wickets in the Group E clash.

Carlton had a similarly easy day at the office at Prestwick in Group C.

Three wickets from skipper Preston Mommsen saw the Ayrshire men bowled out for 61, with Carlton losing one wicket in the successful run chase.

There were defeats for Watsonians, SMRH and Penicuik though.

‘Sonians travelled through to Drumpellier in Group D and were bowled out for just 55, opener Mark Yellowlees top scoring with just 14.

Drumpellier went on to win by eight wickets.

In Group G, club captain Cedric English top scored with 51, but SMRH made just 155-9 after batting first against Clydesdale.

The visitors from Glasgow managed to knock off the runs needed for victory for the loss of six wickets.

Penicuik went down at Ayr in Group B by 105-runs.

The hosts posted 241-8 
batting first and then, despite an impressive, battling 48 from captain Kris Steel, the 
Midlothian men could only post 136-9 in reply.