The all-round experience of former Scotland star Gordon Goudie shone through as he spurred on Grange to their latest emphatic triumph.
They completed the domestic treble by lifting the Scottish Cup by demolishing neighbours Heriot’s at Raeburn Place.
Though Goudie was at his clinical best, he insisted the plaudits should be shared among every player who figured in the campaign. In the wake of his cheap four-wicket haul, he hit the winning run.
And he declared: “It was a tremendous way for the team to finish a wonderful season. Of course it was a great feeling to contribute with ball and bat, but at the end of the day different people have shown off their talents in every round - this just happened to be my day.
“What meant a lot to me was that the man out in the middle with me at the moment of victory was Neil McCallum, who was making his last competitive appearance before retiring. He is a great friend who should be recognised for his commitment and dedication to the club - on and off the field. Macca has been a hugely talented player and has enhanced the whole Grange set-up as a personality.”
Goodie’s sentiments were echoed by wicketkeeper Harris Carnegie, who figured prominently by taking a series of catches and stumpings.
Carnegie stated: “It is easy for me to catch the ball when Gordon bowls like that. It was also a pleasure to be a member of a team that features Macca and player-coach John Blain. “Neil will be so badly missed - he is one of the best guys you could possibly meet.”
Goudie effectively killed off the match as a contest during the opening exchanges. Having won the toss, Heriot’s were soon in deep trouble against his pinpoint seam bowling. He quickly got rid of Elnathan Meiri and Michael Shean with consecutive deliveries. Then Goudie found the edge of pro Hayes van der Berg, with Carnegie diving to complete the catch.
Goudie’s finished his 10-over burst with four for 10 - then spinners Charlie Peet and Andrew Brock sent Heriot’s hurtling to 106 all out. The visiting attack briefly threatened to make a game of it, but Goudie (65 not out) completed the eight-wicket rout with McCallum for company.