Grange avoid a shock in Citylets Scottish Cup
GLENROTHES had billed their home turf Citylets Scottish Cup clash with Grange as the biggest ever event in their history '“ but the Capital outfit displayed their pedigree to spoil the party and march into the last eight.
Holders Arbroath also cruised to a clinical triumph at Lochlands, denying West of Scotland the opportunity to stay on course for a place in the final at their Hamilton Crescent HQ in August.
Having won the toss and opted to take first knock at Gilvenbank, Eastern Premiership champions Grange didn’t look totally convincing as they posted 195 for nine.
But their bowlling attack staved off the possibility of a shock by keeping it tight and snapping up wickets at regular intervals, including the prized scalp of Chris Greaves cheaply.
The Fifers were unable to rally from that early setback.
Brendon Ford and Harris Carnegie emerged as the Arbroath heroes with 86 and 82 respectively to snuff out the challenge of West. There was also a second half century of the weekend from Calvin Burnett, while Craig Ramsay took three timely wickets.
Heriot’s crashed to Ferguslie at Meikleriggs and Forfarshire were unable to carry their league form into the knock-out arena with Drumpellier surging to a well-merited six-wicket victory at Coatbridge.
An unbeaten 85 by old campaigner Fraser Watts guided Carlton to glory at the expense of Falkland at Scroggie Park.
Clydesdale had matters all their own way as they crushed old rivals Uddingston by 115 runs, Awais Shah’s half century providing the impetus at Titwood before they bagged the last eight Uddy wickets at a cost of only 29 runs.
The biggest upset of the day came at Mannofield, where Aberdeenshire were ousted by East Kilbride thanks mainly to the influence of former Scotland man Ross Lyons.
He hit 76 to inspire the Lanarkshire side to 238 for seven then captured two wickets to help dismiss the hosts for 194.
Another ex-Saltires bowler, Moneeb Iqbal, was also a major player for EK, grabbing five for 21 as he mopped up the tail.
Greenock beat Stilring County by four wickets at New Williamfield.