CSL Eastern round up - week 7
From Cricket Media
Big-hitting Michael Leask yesterday gave another demonstration of his all-round talents as Stoneywood-Dyce sprang a surprise in the Granite City derby.
In the only Eastern Premier clash to beat the elements, Leask was instrumental in his side’s seven-wicket win over league leaders Aberdeenshire at Mannofield.
His four wickets first helped dismiss the Dons for a disappointing 156 before a typically robust half-century put the issue beyond doubt.
Leask was ultimately out-scored by Schalk Conradie but the Scotland and Highlanders star was the main difference between the sides.
Returning to the ground where he briefly gave England a fright a month ago, the 23 year-old gave his side’s innings the impetus it needed after they had moved somewhat laboriously to 67-2 in the 29th over.
Leask’s eight boundaries underpinned a superb 55 from only thirty-three balls and when he departed just four more runs were needed for victory.
Fittingly the winning hit came from opener Conradie whose no-risk policy had been clear from the start and which reaped dividends in an unbeaten 65 from 124 deliveries.
Earlier ‘Shire made the worst possible start when, having been sent in to bat, when Kenny Reid was bowled by Leask in the second over.
It looked as if Chris Venske’s prolific start to the season was set to continue as the South African-born batsman opened his shoulders to get the board ticking.
However, having reached 24, he became Leask’s second victim, the bowler taking a safe return catch.
This became the story of the Dons’ innings as a succession of batsmen made starts only to fail to play the substantial knock that was needed.
Indeed, only the youngster Hayes van der Berg, fresh from a Scottish Cup century last weekend, achieved the necessary balance of patience and intent to stay at the crease long enough to make a meaningful contribution.
He stroked seven boundaries and cleared the rope on one occasion in reaching 55 from eighty-five deliveries only to become Alistair Gill’s third victim.
Gil finished with figures of 3-22 but was trumped by Leask who, having taken the first two wickets, returned to remove the last two batsmen to claim 4-30.
It was an excellent effort by the men from Dyce but not so by the home batsmen who failed to use eight overs of their allocation.
Meanwhile it was a tale of unremitting rain – and frustration – elsewhere in the East and on the other side of the country where the elements wiped out the Western Union CS Premier card.
The torment was perhaps greatest for Carlton who were poised for a morale-boosting win against Watsonians at Myreside.
Aware of the weather forecast and, no doubt, watching the storm clouds roll in from the west, the Grange Loan team raced through the ‘Sonians batting line-up to dismiss them for just 98.
It was a personal triumph for Ali Evans, the former Derbyshire bowler, who claimed 6-19 to continue the excellent form he has shown for the Highlanders in the North Sea Pro Series.
The good work was then taken on by Fraser Watts whose hard-hitting 37no had carried Carlton to 53-1 from eight overs.
Had a further two overs been bowled the D/L calculations would have kicked-in and Carlton would have recorded the win that would have seen them leapfrog their hosts and pull away from the danger zone.
In the West, Drumpellier had reduced champions Uddingston to 54-4 before rain called a halt after twenty-two overs.
Play lasted long enough at East Kilbride for Ayr’s Scott McElnea to prove his fitness following a groin injury.
The Reivers pace bowler sent down ten menacing overs to claim 2-22 as the hosts reached 67-2 from 19.1 overs.
Leaders Clydesdale and bottom-of-the table West of Scotland were also beaten by the weather as their matches against Dumfries and Renfrew failed to go the distance.