ARBROATH United have been crowned the champion club side in Scotland after a comprehensive CSL Grand Final triumph over Uddingston.
Held over from Saturday following Friday’s deluge, ball dominated bat from start to finish of a game which, in truth, was something of a damp squib.
Not that anyone in the Arbroath camp was complaining after they chased down their target – just 82 runs – in 14.1 overs at Hamilton Crescent.
“This caps a marvellous season for us,” said skipper Marc Petrie after knocking off the winning run. “We have played as a team throughout the season and, again today, we had contributions throughout the side. It was definitely a good toss to win to stick them in on that wicket but we still had to do the job.”
Arbroath seized control with Benny McGill, in his final senior game, and Alvin Pollard offering little for the batsmen to hit.
Pollard removed Derek Allan and Gautham Rai, while McGill claimed the prize scalp of Uddingston’s Sri Lankan professional Ras Priyadarshana.
At 20-3, the Bothwell team were in deep trouble and they never fully recovered.
Gavin Main was run out for a duck and Aamir Gul, having battled to 13, got an unplayable delivery from Brendan Ford, who went on to claim 3-18 while Uddingston skipper Bryan Clarke dug in to post his side’s top score of 18. Two wickets for left-arm spinner Craig Ramsay took his season’s tally to 50.
Uddingston’s Vasu Reddy then dropped Ford before Arbroath had got off the mark in their reply as batting was still far from easy. Priydarshana claimed three wickets as the Bothwell side went down fighting.
There was also one for the veteran left-arm spinner Mark Townson, who dismissed Calvin Burnett but Burnett’s brother Fraser had the decisive say with two sixes and one boundary in his 18-ball 22 which propelled the Lochlands men to their target with six wickets in hand.