Drumps’ cup run halted
Drumpellier’s cricketers saw their dream Scottish Cup run come to an end at the hands of Carlton.
Drumps suffered a disappointing 40-run defeat to the Scottish Champions as rain interrupted their semi-final tie.
The Langloan men travelled to Grange Loan optimistic of another cup shock after knocking out Grange in the previous round.
Having won the toss and electing to field first the visitors made early inroads, as Darren Pryde picked up the wicket of former Scotland opener Fraser Watts with only three on the board.
Drumps thought they had picked up the key wicket of Carlton professional Michael Herdman first ball, but the appeals were turned down.
They continued to score wickets at the other end to reduce Carlton to 72 for four, with Will Leslie and Darren Pryde both claiming two wickets – and then reducing Edinburgh outfit further with a fifth wicket shortly after.
The turning point in the game came with the score on 88 and Herdman on 49 when skipper Gordon Shaw caught the Aussie lowdown at square leg off the bowling of Zeeshan Aziz, but the umpires were unsure if the ball had carried and gave not out.
Herdman then went on to score an unbeaten century, supported by Tom Simpson with 48. The century partnership took the game away from the Langloan men.
With a rain revised target of 194 off 39 overs Drumpellier looked to be in a good position with Shaw and Chris Keltie sharing a half century stand, but a run-out resulting in Keltie departing for 30 and Shaw following a few overs later for 28 meant they had a mountain to climb.
Zander Erasmus showed some composure with a well compiled 25, but it was to no avail as the rain abandoned the game early.
Skipper Shaw was proud of his team for making it to the semi-final stage, saying: “It has been a great run for us in the cup, we have enjoyed every minute of it and the support we got today was fantastic.
“With a bit of luck today things might have been different for us, but we just have to accept the decisions and move on.
“We have an important couple of weeks coming up in the league and have to focus on that.” ● Drumpellier slumped to another league defeat on Saturday at the hands of Weirs.
Having reduced the visitors to 121 they looked to be in a good position but another batting collapse saw the home side bowled out for 84.