CARLTON held a minute’s silence in memory of club stalwart Martin Flynn before opening their Scottish Cup campaign with a performance which would have made their former secretary proud.
Flynn, a leading figure in Edinburgh cricketing circles, died of cancer at the age of 82 during the week. Carlton paid tribute with an easy eight-wicket success against city rivals Corstorphine.
Having put their rivals in to bat, the home bowlers reduced them to 127 all out in the last over with Ruben Hattinghe top-scoring on 34.
Hamish Gardiner, Carlton’s new overseas amateur then took centre stage with a composed innings of 65no as the favourites cruised to an eight-wicket win.
In the same group West of Scotland brushed aside Prestwick in a 129-run win at Hamilton Crescent. The Glasgow side appear to have unearthed a new star in left-arm spinner Rajeev Verma who claimed 5-10. Jatinder Singh had earlier top-scored with 73 as West posted a formidable 170-8.
Meanwhile Grange were also comfortable winners, returning from Greenock with a six-wicket success.
The hosts could only muster 105. Richie Berrington gave his side a glimmer of hope with 4-16 to reduce Grange to 55-4 but the visitors suffered no further alarms thanks largely to Andrew Brock’s unbeaten 35.
Evergreen Imran Adrees claimed a remarkable six-wicket haul for just seven runs as Drumpellier skittled Weirs for 61.
Holders Heriot’s had a comfortable seven-wicket win at Falkland while Arbroath carved out a 144-run win in their Angus derby with Forfarshire at Lochlands, Scotland U19 captain Ross McLean scoring 97.
Aberdeenshire were too strong for Stenhousemuir, winning by 116 runs at Mannofield while Stoneywood-Dyce had a 114-run success at Penicuik’s expense.
Uddingston romped to a 163-run win over Glenrothes.