Grange and Carlton to contest final

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cAPITAL cricketing giants Barclays Grange and Carlton will contest the Scottish Cup final at New Williamfield, Stirling, on Sunday August 25 after both won thrilling semi-finals yesterday.

At Raeburn Place Grange restricted East Premiership leaders Arbroath to 199-8 with Raj Routray and Gregor Maiden each taking two wickets then relied heavily on former Scotland all-rounder Stu Davidson to hit them out of trouble in a one-wicket victory.

The match turned on the 48th over when Davidson smacked two sixes and two fours to set up the win.

Carlton’s clash with Clydesdale at Grange Loan went right down to the wire and set them up for this week’s 150th anniversary festival.

Batting first Carlton reached 218 after Gordon Drummond had scored 70 and Fraser Watts 43 with some trenchant hitting near the end of the innings.

Rob Thornton, whose appearances have been restricted lately, proved his worth by really taking the visiting attack by the scruff of the neck for a brisk 26 before holing out while Mo Ahmad emerged to join Fraser Allardice at the crease for the ninth wicket.

They held their nerves to finish on 12 vital runs apiece and make the total more challenging for Clydesdale.

Wickets fell cheaply at the start of the Clydesdale innings and there was to be no hint of the drama to come.

Six wickets went down for just 73 runs before a rally put the home supporters on edge.

Again Thornton and Allardice had major roles to play with the former taking a splendid five wickets. Allardice’s contribution was a fine caught and bowled as Clydesdale finished 16 runs adrift with just over four overs remaining.