GEORGE MUNSEY and Ryan Flannigan once again put together a cracking opening partnership with the bat on Saturday to help Barclays Grange secure their place in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.
The Stockbridge outfit went into the final Group G match against Renfrew at Portgower Place knowing that they needed a victory to make sure of their last-eight spot.
And they did just that with Munsey, who less than 24 hours earlier had scored 62 as the club had defeated Heriot’s in the Murgitroyd Masterton final, motoring his way to 97, assisted by Flannigan’s 62 leading the successful run chase.
It means that Grange, who last year won the second tier Cricket Scotland Trophy, will host Aberdeenshire in the cup quarters this coming Sunday.
Carlton too are through to the last eight after they secured a Group H win at West of Scotland, with them now hosting Drumpellier on Sunday.
At Portgower Place, Ahmad Said put up good resistance for Renfrew with 96 not out, but the Grange bowling attack were on good form and restricted the visitors to 211-7 from their 50 overs.
For Grange, seamers Raj Routray and Gordon Goudie took 2-38 and 2-52 respectively.
In Grange’s reply, the fireworks really started.
Showing a confidence that comes from a great summer so far, left-hander Munsey took the game to Renfrew from the off and after just 12 balls they were 25-0 with him having hit all the runs.
Three overs later and Munsey’s hitting to all parts of the ground was showing no signs of stopping, with the score having now moved on to 54-0 with him on 47 not out and Flannigan watching on with a smile at the other end.
That short, sharp salvo knocked the stuffing out of Renfrew’s attack and when Munsey was out for a quite superb 97 in the 18th over, the hosts were 141-1.
When Flannigan was out in the 26th over, the score had moved on to 179-2 and that platform helped them eventually win by six overs.
At Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow, Carlton’s bowlers were on top form to dismiss the home side for just 125.
Captain Preston Mommsen’s spin caused all sorts of problems and he took 4-12, while the ever reliable Omar Ahmad took 3-24.
Hamish Gardiner was the main man with the bat for Carlton, his 54 not out being backed up by 34 from Scotland under-19 cap Kyle Stirling to see them reach 128-5.
Holders Heriot’s and last year’s beaten finalists Watsonians are out of the Scottish Cup though. After last week’s loss to Ferguslie at Goldenacre, Heriot’s headed to Dumfries in Group F needing a win, but it was not to be.
Batting first, Chris Bellwood scored 61 as Dumfries posted 250-9, Andre van Niekerk managing to take five wickets for Heriot’s.
In reply, Richard Cummine scored 69 and James Hearn 47, but Heriot’s could only make it to 187 all out to lose by 63-runs at Nunholm.
Heriot’s now need to regroup for their Cricket Scotland Trophy quarter-final against East Kilbride at home on Sunday.
‘Sonians, who will now travel to West of Scotland in the Cricket Scotland Trophy quarter-finals, went into their last Group C match knowing that they could not top the section.
However, they made it five wins in a row in league and cup by defeating Drumpellier by five wickets.
Pete Legget took four wickets as Drumpellier made 204-8 batting first and then a fine opening stand between Andy Learmonth (67) and Stuart Chalmers (58) helped ‘Sonians chase down their target.
SMRH finished third in Group A after a defeat to Clydesdale.
The visitors to Titwood made just 122 batting first and the Glasgow outfit got home by six wickets.
Penicuik skipper Kris Steel hit a fine 102 not out in Group D at Poloc, but the Midlothian men were edged out by one wicket with 231-4 playing 232-9.
Also for Penicuik, Chris Ashforth scored 50 and Willie Morton 43 not out.
Through at Prestwick in Group H, RH Corstorphine managed to defeat the Ayrshire outfit by six wickets.
Chasing 222 to win, Ruben Hattingh hit 84 and Cameron Leeder 57 to see them home.