Seam bowler Blain doubtful for Grange’s semi-final with Ferguslie

John Blain has an Achilles problem
John Blain has an Achilles problem
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Mazars Grange look set to be without player/coach John Blain for their Citylets Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Ferguslie on Sunday.

The match is a mouthwatering one with Grange top of the CSL Eastern Premier Division and their visitors to Portgower Place from Paisley top of the Western Premier Division before the weekend’s action got underway.

Seam bowler Blain, the former Scotland man, is nursing a slight Achilles niggle so is unlikely to be risked. As a result, the experienced Stuart Davidson is in the team and, along with youngster Jamie Cairns, they could have big roles to play.

The two batsmen to watch could be Ryan Flannigan of Grange and Ferguslie’s Michael English. Flannigan hit 119 not out in the last round against RH Corstorphine while English led the way in his side’s quarter-final win over Carlton with 120.

The other last-four clash sees Heriot’s taking on Arbroath at Goldenacre. Michael Shean was set to miss the league clash with Carlton this weekend, but should be back in the Heriot’s team. Heriot’s last won the Cup back in 2012 and have had some good tussles with Arbroath in recent times – pipping them to the league title last summer – so it will be intriguing.