Drumpellier shock Grange in Scottish Cup
MINNOWS Drumpellier last night pulled off a major shock by dumping mighty Grange from the Scottish Cup.
The Coatbridge side, who play in the second tier of the Western Union, went into the quarter-final clash as massive underdogs against the Edinburgh team who have won Scotlandís premier knockout competition four times in the last twenty years.
They had looked hopelessly out of it when Grange skipper Andrew Brock claimed three wickets in his first over to reduce Drumps to 56-4.
But after scrambling their way to 143, the home bowlers took wickets at regular intervals to successfully defend a rain-revised target and seal a sensational victory by ten runs.
The win comes as a huge consolation for Drumps who were forced to postpone the fixture a week ago due to vandalism of their Langloan pitch.
Meanwhile Ali Evans bowled Carlton safely into the semi-finals as Poloc came up just short at Shawholm.
Scotland seamer Evans claimed six wickets to seal a 19-run success and keep the Grange Loan side on course for their second final appearance in the last five years.
After watching his side scramble to a modest 152, Carlton skipper Evans put his side in the driving seat with three early wickets while Michael Herdman claimed one as Poloc slumped to 34-4 after eleven overs.
However, the Wester Premier outfit rallied with useful contributions from their middle order taking them within 20 runs of the target.
Evans, though, returned to the attack to claim the final three wickets without conceding a further run.
Earlier Carlton needed their Australian all-rounder Herdman to guide them to a challenging total as the home bowlers struck at regular intervals.
Herdman top-scored with a battling 43 while Polocís bowlers conceded a costly 32 Extras as the capital troops recovered from 111-7 to a final tally of 152, despite failing to use fifteen of their allotted overs.
Juri Snyman and Hamza Tahir were the pick of the Poloc attack with three wickets apiece.
ELSEWHERE Scotlandís U19s carved out an exciting 8-run win to square their series with Guernsey.