Glory weekend for Falkland cricketers

Falkland Cricket Club after defeating Freuchie to win the Fife Cup.
Falkland Cricket Club after defeating Freuchie to win the Fife Cup.

FALKLAND Cricket Club enjoyed one of the best weekends in recent memory.

The Scroggie Park men claimed a shock victory over Greenock in the Cricket Scotland Trophy on Saturday, and followed that up by beating local rivals Freuchie in the final of the Fife Cup on Sunday.

Skipper Ryan Hepburn described the win over Greenock – who were launching their 150th anniversary celebrations – as one of the greatest in the club’s history.

Batsman Dave Gray laid the foundations for Falkland’s victory with a wonderful innings of 89.

There was also a great contribution from the club’s young South African amateur Nick Lockyer, who scored 75.

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Having been put in to bat, Steven Meikle and Adam Ferguson gave Falkland a steady start, putting on 30 before Meikle was bowled by McDougal for 13.

The fall of this wicket brought Gray to the crease and two wickets and 32 runs later he was joined at the crease by Lockyer.

Gray powered to his 50 in just 41 balls, while Lockyer reached his 50 in just 60 balls.

The pair put on a stand of 146 before Gray was bowled by Greenock’s South African professional Mpho Sekhoto having made 89 from just 76 balls.

Lockyer was later bowled by Satnam Sanghera having reached 75 from just 83 balls.

Brock Ditchman and Jack Henderson added a useful 18 and 16 respectively, and Falkland were all out for 254 off 49.4 overs.

Greenock lost their first wicket in the third over when Jack Henderson caught and bowled Neil Flack for nought.

Accurate bowling and very good fielding by the Falkland side reduced Greenock to 116 all out after 31.3 overs.

Ditchman returned fantastic figures of six wickets for 21 runs, while Ryan Hepburn had two wickets for seven runs, Nick Lockyer one wicket for one run and Jack Henderson one for 27.

Falkland will now face Arbroath in the next round of the competition.

Full of confidence after their success in Greenock, Falkland lined upo against Freuchie in the final of the Fife Cup at Scroggie Park.

Freuchie failed to make enough runs, scoring only 94 for five.

Hanif Shahzad, with 35 from 39 balls including three fours, was the top scorer, and Alan Wallace, Fergus Black, Scott Birrell and Jock Wallace all reached double figures but they were at least 30 light of a competitive total.

Dave Gray led the way for the homesters with 54 not out, including five sixes, off 45 balls, and was supported by Stewart Campbell and Nick Lockyer.

There was 3.1 overs to spare when the winning run (a wide) was scored.

The Fife Cup was presented to the winning captain by Mrs Lily Cutter of Dunnikier Cricket Club.