Grange have selection headache ahead of Scottish Cup final

Grange captain Neil McCallum. Pic: Greg Macvean
Grange captain Neil McCallum. Pic: Greg Macvean
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Mazars Grange captain Neil McCallum believes the ability to handle spin will be key to his side’s bid to retain the Scottish cricket cup when they face Clydesdale at Stirling tomorrow.

It is a rare East-West encounter since the national league was disbanded two years ago and there is an element of mystery surrounding the match.

However, McCallum drew on an extensive international career to note the abilities of former colleague Majid Haq who bats left handed and delivers right handed off breaks.

Also, Con de Lange is a South African who bats right-handed and bowls left-handed by way of contrast. McCallum said: “Both Maj and Con are big threats, but with others like Richie Berrington and Zeeshan Bashir around this is going to be no easy game.”

In the semi-final against Ferguslie, Bashir claimed four wickets for three runs in a five over spell – a bowling display countered by McCallum and George Munsey taking East Kilbride apart in the other semi.

McCallum added: “Clydesdale’s attack is heavily spin weighted but we have been going well in pink ball [knock- out] cricket which has compensated for the ups and downs of our league campaign.

“We will pick from a squad of 13 that is very similar to the one which defeated Carlton last year apart from Stu Davidson and Josh Edwards so the experience in our ranks should be useful.”

A trump card could be the inform Nick Farrar, one of the replacements, as he claimed a five-wicket haul when league leaders Aberdeenshire were dumped last week.

“Nick bowled brilliantly; we have a real selection headache especially with Gregor Maiden so talented in so many aspects,” said McCallum who will be hoping for a second final success from three starts, but who needed no reminding that playing for Scotland against New Zealand A this week both Haq and Berrington had half centuries.