‘Shire under-18s lose out at finals

FORFARSHIRE under-18s travelled to Stirling last Sunday for the Scottish Cup finals day following excellent wins over Arbroath, Aberdeenshire and Broomhall in the early rounds of the competition.

Bowling first against Kelso, Samir Hill helped to settle early nerves by taking a caught and bowled chance with the total on 15, but the partnership of Henderson (53) and Grindall (25) then batted confidently against the Forfs attack.

It took the introduction of Chris Welsh and Lachlan Tosh to slow the scoring rate with Lachlan taking the only other wicket to fall in the innings when Grindell picked out Marshall at wide long-on in a spell that returned 1 for 12 from four overs. Chris conceded just 18 from his four overs, but still Kelso went on to set Forfarshire 141 to win in 20 overs.

Lachlan got the run chase off to a good start with 30 from 28 balls but when Christian Robertson, Craig Morrison and Jack Hogarth fell quickly the remaining batsmen had much to do in the face of a climbing run-rate.

Craig McConnachie took on the accurate Kelso attack with 18 not out from 22 balls, but Forfarshire finished 35 runs short on 105 for 6.

The Stirling ground having two pitches allowed a third/fourthplay-off against Clydesdale to take place while the final was in play on the main pitch.

The Forfs innings got off to a poor start with Christian and Jack both out early. However, Lachlan (35 from 37 balls) again played a useful innings and in combination with 32 from 26 balls from Craig saw 59 added for the third wicket. Four for 12 from Awan stemmed the runs and Forfarshire were bowled out for 96 inside of 20 overs.

Forfs hopes of a third place finish were blown away by a quickfire 62 not out from Clydesdale opener Hill, who faced just 29 balls as Clydesdale raced to a 10-wicket win to bring a premature end to the 2012 season.