John Blain takes credit as bowling masterclass inspires Grange

Grange celebrate their win over Ferguslie. Pic: Ramsay Scott
Grange celebrate their win over Ferguslie. Pic: Ramsay Scott
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Stand-in skipper Andrew Brock has hailed the spell of bowling from John Blain that led Mazars Grange to CSL Grand Final glory on Saturday as one of the best he has seen in the club game.

The Portgower Place men, the CSL Eastern Premier Division champions, headed to Arbroath’s Lochlands ground to take on CSL Western Premier Division winners Ferguslie.

With regular captain Preston Mommsen unavailable, spinner Brock took charge and Grange batted first.

At one stage they were in a bit of bother against the men from Paisley, slipping to 58-4 in the 18th over when Neil McCallum became the third victim for bowler Riyaad Henry.

Tom Foulds and Brock then came together and put on a much-needed 76 run partnership which took their team up to 134 before the former was dismissed after a well made half century.

By the time Brock fell for a watchful 39 in the 47th over his side were on 151-7 before some good late hitting saw them post 184-8 from their allotted 50 overs.

With the ball former Scotland man Blain was on the mark right from the start and caused Ferguslie all sorts of problems.

The 39-year-old seamer managed to get key man Michael English LBW to leave the team from the west on 24-1 and when Stuart Davidson struck and Blain did again it was 40-3.

From there Ferguslie had no answers to whatever Grange threw at them, Blain finishing with 5-20 from his 10 overs an others chipping in as they finished up on 58 all out.

After the 126 run victory Brock said: “That spell of bowling by Blainy was just superb and Ferguslie’s batsmen just did not know how to play him.

“He was steaming in with pace and causing all sorts of problems and what was pleasing was that after he got us off to a great start in their reply the rest of the bowlers backed him up.

“Batting first we were struggling a bit early on, but we have been in those types of situations before and we always say to the guys ‘just bat the 50 overs and post a total’ and when myself and Tom came together we knew there was plenty of overs left.

“So we just took our time, played ourselves in and Tom batted really well for his 50.

“When we posted 184-8 we thought that was maybe a par score – or just below par – on that wicket and we just regrouped at the break and knew that we had the bowlers in our side to cause them problems.

“As I say Blainy set the tone and the rest of us backed him up with the ball and in the field and this is a special feeling for all of us involved with the club.”

Grange now have two trophies in the cabinet for 2018 and have one more big game to play.

Having already been called off twice in Paisley, the Citylets Scottish Cup final is now set to be played this coming Saturday at Grange’s home ground in Stockbridge.

In that one Grange face local rivals Heriot’s and Brock said: “Hopefully it is third time lucky and we can get this cup final played because we enjoy playing against Heriot’s and everyone is excited by the challenge.

“We have to reset after the highs of this weekend, regain focus and really put in one last big effort before the summer ends.

“The team are all determined to claim three trophies.”

Meanwhile, Stoneywood Dyce will be in the top flight next term after defeating Kelso in a play-off on Saturday.