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Scottish Cup: Another Cross hundred beats West of Scotland and the rain

Scotland national team member Matty Cross and his Heriots teammates managed to advance in the Scottish Cup before rain hit.

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The bad Scotland weather which decimated the Scottish league programme on Saturday had an even worse effect on the Scottish Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, with only one of the matches reaching a conclusion.

But what a match it was!

It featured yet another big hundred by Scotland international Mathew Cross, whose 142-ball knock of 164 propelled Heriots to 309/7 in their 50 overs.

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Hitting 19 fours and seven sixes, Cross shared partnerships of 114 for the third wicket with Mark Watt (46 from 71 deliveries) and 143 for the fourth with Lloyd Brown (48 from 44), and when he eventually fell, a third wicket for Gavin Smith who had initially raised West’s hopes by snatching the first two by the time the total was on 32, Heriots had reached 298 with 14 deliveries remaining.

The drama was not yet complete, however, for Watt and Michael Shean proceeded to run through the West batting line-up in only 19.1 overs, bowling unchanged and dismissing their opponents for a humiliating 38.

Watt claimed four for 22, but Shean took the bowling honours with five for 16.
Elsewhere, Grange appeared to be on their way to the semi-finals in the all-EPL clash with Forfarshire at Portgower Place, having reduced the visitors to 39 for four in reply to their own total of 218 all out.

Opener Ben Davidson’s 80 was the foundation of their score, with useful contributions from Ryan Flannigan and Dylan Budge, while Jack Hogarth was the most effective of Forfarshire’s attack with 6/56.

Matthew Cross
Cross at the T20 World Cup Qualifier (ICC Media Zone)

Then Budge grabbed three for 12 when the county side replied, before the rain ensured that they would have to return next week.

The weather blighted the encounter between WPL sides Langside and Clydesdale at Albert Park even more severely, with Langside’s innings curtailed to just 27.4 overs, in the course of which they had battled their way to 90/7.

Jawad Khan did most of the damage for Clydesdale with four for 15 in six overs.
When play was able to resume Clydesdale faced a DLS target of 91 in 25 overs, but only 7.4 overs were possible before it all came to an end, with the visitors strongly placed on 33 for one.

No play at all was possible at Langloan, where Drumpellier were drawn against Watsonians.

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Rod Lyall
Retired academic, now a journalist and commentator, mainly covering Dutch international and domestic cricket.

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