Clydesdale triumph against Arbroath
David Kelso (CricketMedia Scotland)
The Scottish Cup pedigree of Clydesdale shone through last night as they triumphed in their sectional decider with Arbroath at Titwood. As the elements yet again badly affected the fixture list, the Glasgow outfit took full advantage of their rivals' fragile middle order batting.
Last season the Lochlands brigade were challenging for honours in their maiden season in the top flight - but it has been a rocky road for them thus far in 2012. They must have fancied their chances when they curbed Clydesdale to 195 all out, skipper Zeeshan Bashir and Safyaan Sharif each hitting 44.
But they were unable to manufacture any meaningful partnerships of their own, leaving the stage clear for Bashir and his boys to win with some ease as Arbroath were routed for a miserable 129.
Renfrew clinched a surprise place in the knock-out stages by hammering Fauldhouse on home turf. Before the tournament started, few would have bet on them winning their group - however a combination of poor results from holders Uddingston and the aspirations of Grange being wrecked by the weather have played into their hands.
Veteran Imran Adrees emerged as their prime hero with six for 29 as the visitors were skittled for just 72. The hosts cruised to glory for the loss of only one man, with Ahmed Said (38 not out) and Mohammed Ramzan (26 not out) finishing the job.
Heriot's earned a ticket to the next phase by disposing of Ferguslie at Meikleriggs. Even the presence of former superstar pro Gordon Greenidge couldn't turn Greenock's fortunes at Glenpark. The West Indian legend watched the fallen giants being demolished by Falkland, who ruled the roost in ever department.
David Gray (84) and Nick Lockyer (75) combined to take the Fifers' tally to an impressive 254, Greg McDougall the pick of the home attack with five for 36. Brock Ditchman then stole the show with the ball, bagging six for 21 from eight overs as he sent Greenock hurtling to 116 all out. It was not the ideal way for them to mark their 150th anniversary, and their current plight was underlined when a shortage of players forced their second string to pull out of their clash with Glasgow Accies at short notice.
Dave McNulty made full use of the seam-friendly conditions at Hamilton Crescent to propel West of Scotland to an easy sever-wicket success against Stoneywood-Dyce. The Aberdonians never got into their stride because of McNulty's accuracy and he finished with four for 24 as they tumbled to 84 all out after 29 overs. West reached the target in the 20th over with Ian Young contributing a watchful 29 not out.