Carlton’s teenagers once again took top billing on Saturday to help their side to a third Scottish Cup win on the spin.
In the first two weeks of the campaign the Grange Loan side had easily disposed of RH Corstorphine and Prestwick in Group C, but knew that they would face a sterner test from John Blain and co in the West of Scotland side.
As it was, in the end they completed a fairly routine victory to leave them top of the group before the event takes a break so that the CSL Eastern Premiership can get underway this coming weekend.
Batting first, Carlton lost Hamish Gardiner early on before young Kyle Macpherson and skipper for the day Fraser Watts steadied the ship. Having reached 34 and 37 respectively they were dismissed in quick succession to leave the hosts 93-3.
That brought together two debutants at the crease in the shape of 18-year-old Ali Shah, fresh from his well-publicised 207 not out for the seconds the week before, and Irish international Rory McCann.
Shah rode his luck at times, but there is certainly no doubt that the youngster can strike a clean ball and his 43 was fascinating to view with a highlight being two fours and a six in one over.
He is certainly one to watch for the future while McCann is an experienced cricketer who will be a good addition to Carlton’s middle order.
Once they had both departed, McCann making 31, the score was on 176-5 and there was a good late cameo from South African-born Scotland under-19 man Kyle Stirling. He struck a rapid 20 including a couple of sixes, one which had one of the West fielders worried as it had cleared the Grange Loan wall and left a dent in his car’s bonnet.
After their 50 overs Carlton had made a competitive 229 all out, ex-Scotland man Blain the pick of the West bowling attack with five wickets.
West’s reply got off to a dreadful start when some sharp fielding combined with terrible calling and running saw Jatinder Singh run out with only one on the board.
They never really recovered from that and the Carlton attack all bowled tidily, teenage spinners Cheeky Gosain and Haris Aslam leading the way with three and one wickets respectively while Stirling, Sean Olivier and Omar Ahmad all got in on the act. In the end, West of Scotland were bowled out for 122 as Carlton won by 107 runs and their crop of young talent really will be pushing for places when the XI for their opening league match at home to SMRH is named on Thursday evening after training.
Holders Heriot’s have also won three from three in the Scottish Cup after defeating Dumfries at Goldenacre on Saturday in Group E.
Dumfries were restricted to 161 all out batting first, Cam Farrell leading the way for Heriot’s with five wickets while Ali Farooq and Mark Watt took two apiece.
Forty nine from skipper Steve Knox and 30 from Adam Lockhart-Krause gave Heriot’s reply the perfect start before Dumfries’ bowlers made things interesting by taking seven wickets.
In the end Craig Adams and Keith Morton saw the hosts home by three wickets.
Captain Cedric English scored 92 and seamer Ollie Knight took 3-49 to lead SMRH to a 67-run victory over East Kilbride in Group G, leaving them with two wins from three.
In the same group West Lothian lost to Clydesdale while in Group B Penicuik went down at home to Poloc.
Barclays Grange and Watsonians saw their respective trips to Renfrew and Weirs called off due to bad weather.