Fortified by what organisers believed was the highest total ever recorded in the final of the Murgitroyd Masterton twenty:20 cricket final – 201-4 – Barclays Grange duly completed a comprehensive 57-run victory over Heriot’s at Grange Loan.
Grange got off to the most impressive start as George Munsey twice cleared the boundary wall early on and went on to make 62 based on six sixes and two fours; his half century came off just 29 balls.
Gordon Goudie contributed 25 to an opening stand of 58 and, although Iain Worth was stumped first ball by Simon Whait, momentum was provided when captain Neil McCallum smacked 72 off 48 balls. The Heriot’s reply saw captain Steve Knox hit Gordon Goudie to the boundary straightaway but two deliveries later was caught by Simon Smith.
And when David Ross fell victim to a brilliant diving catch by George Munsey at backward squad leg off Goudie Heriot’s stood 19-2 and there could only be one outcome.
Grange, whose batting talent ran so deep Gregor Maiden, Stuart Davidson and Simon Smith did not even make it to the crease, picked up £500 for their efforts and now go forward to the national finals.
Heriot’s, unable to exploit the lightning-fast outfield to anything like the same extent, eventually reached 144-7 at stumps.