GRANGE star George Munsey looked back on his side’s table-top defeat by title pacesetters Forfarshire – and admitted they were handed a lesson in batting application.
The Broughty Ferry boys stretched their lead by deservedly and comprehensively completing the league double over the champions at Forthill and Scotland big-hitter Munsey reflected: “It is all about applying your skills week-in and week-out if you want to compete for honours.
“This is something that Forfarshing are doing extremely well – and something our batsmen need to work harder on. This match was always going to be a tough one for both teams and and it turned out to be a low scoring thrilling encounter.
“The pitch was hard and green allowing both batters and bowlers to enjoy. We simply didn’t apply ourselves with the bat again. Our bowlers – especially John Blain – bowled extremely well and we almost did the impossible.
“With Forfs on 40 for four we had a sniff, but the experience of Ryan Watson helped to guide them home. Credit due to both teams who fielded and bowled extremely well. There was a lot of quality on show.”
Scott Cameron emerged as the pick of the host attack as he bagged four for 34 as Grange collapsed to 112 all out.
Dylan Budge (45) and Munsey (35) led the resistance, but the rest of the line-up struggled.
Blain’s three for 35 gave the visitors a whiff of a chance, however Michael Leask guided them home by six wickets with an unbeaten 42.
Arbroath began the second half of the campaign in positive fashion by completing the back-to-back cup and league demolition job on RHC at Barnton.
Craig Ramsay took five for 18 to send the capital troops slithering to 78 all out. The Arbroath batsmen also toiled in the tricky conditions, but they held their nerve when it mattered to notch the five-wicket win.
A brilliant 124 by Hayes van der Berg wasn’t enough to get Heriot’s over the line in a DLS effected 22 run loss against Watsonians at Myreside.
Carlton dominated the exchanges with Stoneywood-Dyce at Peoples Park. They rattled up a lofty 309 for eight before curbing the home brigade to 78 for three in a rain-affected chase – 68 adrift of the par score.
Aberdeenshire’s relegation fears deepened as they were swept aside by Stew-Mel in an abbreviated tussle at Inverleith.