One-wicket agony for United in cup

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Arbroath United v

PSL Team Sports Clydesdale

UNITED lost two early wickets to the bowling of Naeem Iqbal in reaching 17 in the sixth over at Lochlands on Saturday.

Harsha Vithana (32 from 44 balls, 3 fours) and Fraser Burnett (44 from 67 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) added 60 before Vithana was run out by Awais in the 17th over. Burnett was joined by Kevin Ritchie and a further 33 was added before Burnett was bowled by Majid Haq in the 30th over.

This signalled a collapse as only an additional 24 runs were added with Zeeshan Bashir (3 for 25) taking three wickets and Safyaan Sharif (2 for 32) two as United were dismissed in the 40th over for 134.

When Clydesdale batted Patrick Barbour (29, 5 fours) and Zulfiqar Shahid (29, 4 fours, 1 six) started strongly and took the total to 66 in the 17th over before the former was bowled by Calvin Burnett. A further three wickets fell quickly to leave them on 76 for 4 in the 21st over and eight overs later they had reached 100 for 6.

Zeeshan Bashir (unbeaten 24) and Awais added 20 runs before Awais was caught by Ritchie from the bowling of Greig Peal.

In a tense finish Calvin Burnett (4 for 24) and Peal (3 for 24) both claimed a further wicket and three runs were still required when Calum Campbell joined Bashir which the visitors managed to achieve in the 41st over, United losing by one wicket. The match was sponsored by Gordon Strachan.

Arbroath United

B J McGill b N Iqbal 1

G E Peal lbw b N Iqbal 7

H E Vithana run out 32

F W G Burnett b R M Haq 44

K Ritchie c M Awais b Z Bashir 19

G E Reisima c & b Z Bashir 2

M W Gove lbw b S Sharif 0

C M Cameron c N Iqbal b Z Bashir 0

C Ramsay run out 0

M R Hurst b S Sharif 4

C G Burnett not out 6

Extras 19

Total (39.2 overs) 134

O M R W

M Afzal 6 0 16 0

N Iqbal 5 0 25 2

S Sharif 6.2 1 32 2

L Hill 5 0 22 0

R M Haq 8 3 12 1

Z Bashir 9 2 25 3

Clydesdale

P J R Barbour b C G Burnett 29

Z Shahid c & b C G Burnett 29

R M Haq lbw b H E Vithana 6

L Hill c G E Reisima b C G Burnett 2

S Sharif c C G Burnett b B J McGill 9

R Butt lbw b G E Peal 7

Z Bashir not out 24

M Awais c K Ritchie b G E Peal 11

M Afzal b C G Burnett 3

N Iqbal lbw b G E Peal 1

C Campbell not out 0

Extras 14

Total (9 wickets – 40.5 overs) 135

O M R W

B J McGill 6 0 29 1

M R Hurst 3 0 24 0

C G Burnett 10 0 24 4

H E Vithana 10 3 13 1

G E Peal 7 1 24 3

C Ramsay 4.5 0 18 0

Result: Arbroath United lost by one wicket. (Scottish Cup, 50 overs)

Under-13s

Arbroath United v Forfarshire

Match played at Lochlands last Wednesday, May 2.

Forfarshire

R Johnstone retired 32

C Garden not out 28

F Ross not out 31

Extras 34

Total (0 wickets – innings closed) 125

O M R W

P Stewart 4 0 37 0

A Brewer 2 0 13 0

A Waller 4 0 9 0

C Robb 4 0 15 0

B Plomer 1 0 13 0

M Dickson 2 0 8 0

G Cairns 1 0 5 0

A W E McGill 1 0 7 0

D Salmond 1 0 13 0

Arbroath United

A Waller retired 33

R Watson run out 0

C Robb retired 30

P Stewart b C Rooney 8

B Plomer not out 18

D Sinclair not out 5

A Brewer, M Dickson, G Cairns, A W E McGill, D Salmond, did not bat

Extras 34

Total (2 wickets – 19.2 overs) 128

O M R W

R Johnstone 4 0 20 0

K Narayanan 3.2 0 18 0

C Garden 4 0 27 0

F Ross 3 0 20 0

C Rooney 2 0 12 1

M Linton 3 0 13 0

Result: Arbroath United Under-13s won by eight wickets. (Scottish Cup, first round)

Match postponed

The Strathmore & Perthshire Premier Division fixture at Castle Park, Huntly, on Saturday was postponed due to the ground conditions.

Scottish Cup

P W L NR Pts NRR

PSL Team Sports Clydesdale 3 3 0 0 6 28.90

Arbroath United 3 1 1 1 3 10.78

Prestwick 3 1 1 1 3 -54.33

SMRH 3 0 3 0 0 -24.43

In the other Scottish Cup-tie Prestwick defeated SMRH by seven wickets to draw level with United on three points, but United remain in second place at the halfway stage with a better run rate.

Weekend fixtures

Arbroath United v Aberdeenshire

The Scottish Cup now goes into hibernation as the Eastern Conference League season commences. The opening game at Lochlands tomorrow (Saturday) is against Aberdeenshire who only managed to complete one of their Scottish Cup-ties when they defeated West Lothian by 148 runs. The match commences at 12 noon and is sponsored by Mark Davies.

Players who should meet at 10.30 a.m. are: F.W.G. Burnett (C), M.J. Petrie, C.G. Burnett, P.A. Clarke, B.J. McGill, R.E. McLean, G.E. Peal, G. Reisima, K. Ritchie, E.I. Small, H.E. Vithana. Scorer: I.H. Chisholm

Mannofield v Arbroath United

Having seen last week’s fixture lost to the weather United are on their travels to Aberdeen tomorrow (Saturday) to meet one of the teams expected to be challenging for the Clubsport Strathmore & Perthshire Premier Division title.

Players who should meet at 10 a.m. are: M.N. Edwards (C), G.S. Swan, C.M. Cameron, B.A. Carnegie, M.A. Fleming, M.W. Gove, M.R. Hurst, J.C. Plomer, R. Plomer, F.A. Riddler, K. Thomson. 12th man: B.C. Carnegie.

3rd XI friendly v Gordonians XI

Match to be played at Lochlands on Sunday at 1 p.m. Players who should meet at 12 noon are: B.C. Carnegie (C), M.S. Robb, D.C. Bridges, J. Burnett, R.D. Cameron, B.A. Carnegie, D.J. Fraser, M.J. Gibson, C.N. Ross, G.S. Swan, M.K. Swan. Scorer: I.H. Chisholm.