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The Herald - Herald Sport - - GOLF, CRICKET -

WHILE Grange opener Ryan Flan­ni­gan was at Ham­p­den Park cel­e­brat­ing the Scot­tish Cup tri­umph of his beloved Hiber­nian, Gor­don Goudie made the most of his pro­mo­tion in the Grange bat­ting or­der to pro­pel them to­wards a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over Aberdeen­shire. Goudie smashed a spec­tac­u­lar un­beaten 45 at Rae­burn Place as he and Nick Far­rar com­pleted one of the most clin­i­cal wins in Scot­tish com­pet­i­tive cricket his­tory. Hav­ing dis­missed the Man­nofield men for 193, Grange were left with a rainen­forced tar­get of 107 from 20 overs and blud­geoned their way to glory in just 42 de­liv­er­ies. Shire skip­per Chris Venske was first in the queue to heap praise on Goudie and Far­rer, who fin­ished on 58 not out. “It was some of the clean­est hit­ting of a cricket ball I have seen,” he said. “For­farshire’s for­tunes took a leap at Forthill as they wrecked the un­beaten record of Carl­ton. Liam Sweeney snapped up four wick­ets to help curb the cap­i­tal out­fit to 180 all out. Then Graeme Beghin (57) pro­vided the grit for the hosts to stave off the jit­ters when it mat­tered and they eased past the post with seven down. Old stager Steve Knox made an un­beaten half cen­tury as He­riot’s out­played Stoney­wood-Dyce at Gold­e­nacre and Fraser Bur­nett put his early sea­son frus­tra­tions be­hind him by strik­ing his first cen­tury of the year to in­spire Ar­broath to suc­cess against strug­gling top-flight new­com­ers Glen­rothes.

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