Scottish Cup triumph for under-15 Forfs

Forfarshire won the Under-15 Scottish Cup at Myreside on Sunday for the first time in nearly 30 years, beating Grange by 42 runs

Taking part on the day were Largo, Clydesdale, Grange and Forfarshire.

In one semi-final Largo took on Forfarshire at Craiglockhart.

Largo won the toss and decided to bat first. Unfortunately they were never able to get their innings going with wickets falling at regular intervals.

They were eventually bundled out for just 56.

In reply, Forfarshire made light work of chasing down the small total in just six overs and without losing any wickets to comprehensively seal their place in the final. Rory Johnstone finished with 37 not out and Christian Robertson with 18 not out.

The other semi-final saw Grange up against Clydesdale in a classic east v west showdown.

Grange CC elected to bat first and were able to accumulate throughout the innings but were made to work for every run. They eventually went on to post a competitive 110 for 3.

In reply, Clydesdale always appeared slightly behind the run rate and unfortunately left themselves a bit too much to do in the final few overs.

Good contributions from Dhami with 32 and Anderson 18 wasn’t quite enough to see Clydesdale home, and they fell seven runs short of the 
Grange total.

The third/fourth place play-off was an exciting affair which went down to the wire between Largo and Clydesdale. In a much improved effort with the ball Largo were able to bowl Clydesdale out for 116 in the final over.

In reply, Largo put in a fine effort with the bat to chase down the Clydesdale total for the loss of only two wickets.

The final saw the two strongest teams – Forfarshire and Grange – meet in what was a much anticipated match up. Forfarshire won the toss and decided to bat first.

The Forfarshire innings went along steadily but the match was evenly poised with Grange bowling tightly as the batsmen also accumulated 
the runs well.

The final five overs was to be the difference for Forfarshire as they finished extremely strongly and posted an excellent 137 off their 20 overs. The best performers with the bat for Forfarshire were Rory Johnstone 43, Connor Wilson 27 not out and Cameron Walker 22 not out.

In reply, Grange faced the tough task of chasing nearly seven runs per over against a determined Forfarshire side.

They started off well but a mixture of tight bowling, good fielding and well set fields meant that the pressure mounted on the Grange batsmen and they started to lose wickets regularly.

By the mid-point of the chase the required run rate was getting too much for Grange and they were leaving themselves too much to do in the final overs despite still having enough wickets in hand. This was due to excellent bowling from Christian Robertson finishing with 2 for 16 and Blair Walker 2 for 14

The defining over of the match came when Forfarshire opening bowler Jack Hogarth came on to bowl the 18th over.

He bowled a phenomenal over that saw him remove Grange mainstay Jamie Crawley and then take a superb four wickets in five balls, including a hat trick, to bundle Grange out for 95 and seal a 42 run victory and ensure the trophy would be heading to Forfarshire for the winter.

Jack Hogarth finished with the superb figures of 6 for 15 in the final to produce the dominant and match winning performance of the day.