McCallum breaks hols for T20 final

Neil McCallum. Picture: SNS
Neil McCallum. Picture: SNS
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Scotland cap Neil McCallum will return from holiday to try to help Barclays Grange snap up the Murgitroyd Masterton Twenty20 cricket trophy in tonight’s final against Carlton at Grange Loan (6.15).

McCallum will then stay on for a further 24 hours in trying to pilot Grange into the knock-out stages of the Scottish Cup at home to Renfrew tomorrow.

Tonight’s encounter has an unusual feel, being the first for eight years that hosts Carlton have missed out on.

Carlton suffered a semi-final defeat by Heriot’s who, in normal circumstances, would be entitled to consider themselves favourites.

However, Grange were given the chance to acclimatise to the surroundings a few weeks ago when invited to undertake a T20 fixture to help mark Carlton’s 150th anniversary.

With McCallum available, Grange have a selection headache of the best kind, illustrated by the fact Zander Muir who, in two innings since returning from a stint in Australia, has made 35 and 60 without losing his wicket, misses out.

Gordon Goudie is listed to return from helping Scotland to victory over Kenya in the Inter-Continental Cup in Aberdeen while Stuart Davidson, renowned for some whirlwind hitting, makes the 13 from which the final line-up will be chosen.

Key figures for Heriot’s in a final that carries a £500 prize could be big hitters Cammy Farrell and David Ross with Steve Knox one of the maintstays of the semi-final victory and Adam Lockhart Krause in outstanding form.

In reaching the final, Grange have overcome SMRH, Edinburgh Accies and Watsonians while Heriot’s saw off Marchmont and Holy Cross in early rounds.

In tomorrow’s concluding round of Scottish Cup ties, Carlton and holders Heriot’s require to win away from home to reach the knock-outs with Grange strongly fancied to overcome Renfrew.

Carlton visit West with whom they are level on points and in the same section RH Corstorphine visit Prestwick but are already out.

Heriot’s, defeated by Ferguslie last weekend, need a win at Dumfries. Confidence can be taken from a three-wicket win earlier in the competition.

Elsewhere SMRH conclude at Clydesdale who need a victory to edge East Kilbride and progress while Penicuik have a dead rubber at Poloc.

Watsonians entertain Drumpellier who are already through and main interest at Myreside will be seeing if Ewan Chalmers can build on a maiden Scotland century. Dewald Nel, Paddy Sadler, Andrew Fraser-Harris and Andy Learmonth return.