Drumps’ cup run halted

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Drivetime Extra - Mark Pirie

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.

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