Grange rack up the double with Grand Final triumph

Mazars Grange celebrate with the Grand Final trophy. Picture: Donald MacLeod www.donald-macleod.com

Mazars Grange celebrate with the Grand Final trophy. Picture: Donald MacLeod www.donald-macleod.com

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Mazars Grange became the first Capital side since 2012 to win the cricket Grand Final with spinners Harris Aslam and Andrew Brock leading them to a victory over Clydesdale.

Grange, the CSL Eastern Premiership champions, went into the encounter at Uddingston on Saturday against Clydesdale missing key performers George Munsey, John Blain and Raj Routray.

Watsonians won the first ever Grand Final against Dumfries three years ago and Grange were determined to do the same and seal their own superb double.

Given that Brock, in his first term as captain, has spent all season long praising his charges and their battling spirit, it was good to see him grab the limelight himself in this one.

The spinning all-rounder took 4-39 while Scotland Under-19 player Aslam snapped up 6-40 as Clydesdale fell 90 runs short of their victory target batting second. Brock said: “My players have given everything over a long, hard summer and although there were some low points, the highs have more than made up for them.”

Batting first Grange made a decent looking 231-9 from their 50 overs, Neil McCallum leading the way with 70, Nick Farrar making 35 and Scotland cap Gordon Goudie smashing some very important late boundaries.

When Clydesdale reached 79-0 in reply from 15 overs they looked in control – but then Aslam and Brock took control with amazing spells. Clydesdale collapsed to 141 all out as Grange celebrated.

At the end of the match, Brock was presented with the Grand Final trophy by Cricket Scotland president elect Bruce Dixon while yesterday they played an end of season friendly with the MCC in Stockbridge.

After that one they got their hands on the league trophy won just over a fortnight ago and, with some cracking young players coming through, Grange will be looking forward to 2016 already.