Penicuik Out To Cause A Shock

Penicuik team

Given that they are up against Mazars Grange in Friday night’s Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy final, Stuart&Stuart Penicuik know they will be the underdogs, but they are looking forward to the showpiece event.

The final of the Twenty20 tournament in the East starts at 6pm at Carlton’s Grange Loan ground in Edinburgh with the winners progressing to national finals day later in the summer.

The Midlothian men play in the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship, the level below CSL Eastern Premiership outfit Grange.

Ahead of the T20 match they have been in good form in the league though.

Last Saturday they defeated Dunnikier by nine wickets to leave them fifth at the halfway point.

The likes of Matthew Foulds (246 league runs including a century against Marchmont) and Zeeshan Khalil (13 league wickets including 4-11 against Holy Cross) have been in good form while player/coach Craig Thyssen has made a big impact.

South African Thyssen is very experienced and previously played for Stenhousemuir and Ayr and although he is ineligible for the final he has been doing a lot of T20 specific training with the squad.

The team can call upon former Scotland cap Stuart Chalmers though while there performance in the semi-final a few weeks ago will give them hope.

Then away to Linlithgow a good innings from Chris Cash steered them through to the final.

They restricting the home side to 104-7 batting first.

Heynrych Nel, Calum Steel and Kris Steel all took two wickets apiece for Penicuik with Scott Cochrane making 33 not out for Linlithgow.

In their response, Penicuik lost opener Nel and others early, but a good partnership from Cash and Chalmers helped them through.

Cash made 43 not out and Chalmers 25 to steady the ship.

With Chalmers out, Foulds joined Cash at the crease and finished on four not out as the Kirkhill men won by five wickets with four balls to spare.

Ahead of the final, Penicuik captain Chris Ashforth said:  “The guys have come together well as a unit this year and we have played some good cricket in 50-over and 20-over matches.

“We know that Grange have some top players in their side, but we want to put in a good performance and there will be a few club members there at the final to watch us.

“I think having Craig [Thyssen] with us this season as a player/coach has helped the group a lot and as young cricketers guys are now stepping up to the mark and taking charge of situations in matches.

“For the club it is great to be in a final as it raises our profile a bit – and whatever happens in this match I hope it can kick start a successful second half of the summer for us.”

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