Skipper Neil McCallum played a key innings as Barclays Grange won the Scottish Cup last night, beating Capital rivals Carlton in Stirling and adding another trophy to the cabinet.
After that T20 national event victory last week and a league win over SMRH on Saturday, Grange went into this much-anticipated contest on a high.
Batting first, they were dealt a blow when George Munsey was out caught behind off the bowling of Gordon Drummond early on.
Young Kyle Macpherson then took a great catch to dismiss Gordon Goudie and when Drummond got Ryan Flannigan out lbw Grange were struggling on 33-3.
By over 22, Grange were on 80-5 with Josh Edwards and Henry Edwards back in the pavilion.
The experienced duo of McCallum and Gregor Maiden then put on 66 for the sixth wicket before the latter was out for 30.
McCallum eventually made 76 before he was out in the 48th over, an innings that was needed to help his side get close to 200. Indeed they made it to 216-8 with some good late hitting and a decent 31 not out from Simon Smith.
Stuart Davidson bowled brilliantly at the start of Carlton’s reply, Hamish Gardiner going early and then Kyle Macpherson being bowled by Gordon Goudie as they slipped to 15-2. A good caught and bowled by Josh Edwards saw the end of Carlton skipper Preston Mommsen for 24 and it was 70-3.
Fraser Watts was still there though and at the halfway stage and with him on 43 not out they needed 126 runs from 25 overs.
Rory McCann and Drummond went for 18 and 0 respectively and, when Kyle Stirling was run out and Watts fell for 60 to Goudie, it started looking like an uphill task. And so it proved, with Grange winning by 41 runs.
Meanwhile, the Woodcutters lost their first ever final yesterday. The Capital-based social side lost to Hawick and Wilton in the Activcity President’s Plate final at Broomhall in Fife.
Batting first, the Edinburgh men posted 78 all out before the Borderers knocked off the runs needed with three wickets to spare.