CSL Eastern round up
Aberdeenshire jumped back to the head of the Eastern Premiership glory race as previous pacesetters Arbroath plunged to defeat at the hands of Grange.
And Arbroath skipper Marc Petrie was quick to admit the result in the tussle at Raeburn Place was exactly what his side deserved.
He declared: “It was all very frustrating. Our overall performance on the day just wasn't good enough.
“We got off to a poor start with the bat and were probably about 30 runs short at the end of our knock.
“We also bowled a lot of loose deliveries in the first 10 overs which you just can't do at this level and not expect to be punished.
“We never capitalised on getting the big wickets of the Grange top order and made it too easy for the middle and lower order to knock the runs off.
“We still have a lot of improvements to be made in all aspects and we will look to doing that this week in training before coming up against Falkland.”
Grange’s Andrew Brock is hoping the win can act as a launchpad to a challenge for the honours in the wake of a shaky first half to their campaign.
He said: “It is a strange league this year.
“Any team that can get a good run of form, especially in the run-in during August, has every chance of coming put on top.
“We want to be up there in the mix when it is all decided.”
He added: “We bowled very well against Arbroath, especially in the first 25 overs, and it was a nail biter all the way to the end.
“Arun Pillai batted brilliantly to see us through to the end.”
Greig Peal had hit 61 to guide Arbroath to 202 for seven, before Brock (42) and Pillai (38 not out) turned the tide in favour of the hosts.
Safyaan Sharif produced another stunning all-round display to kick-start Falkland’s challenge - but club stalwart Ryan Hepburn was quick to stress his side are no one-man outfit.
Shariff struck a century and claimed a four-wicket haul in the demolition job on SMRH at Inverleith, however Hepburn stated: “Praise should also go to the other batsmen who joined Saffy to form decent partnerships.
“It was great to get back to winning ways after a really poor spell.”
A sparkling unbeaten stand between Peter Ross (53 not out) out and Cam Farrell (30 not out) steered Heriot’s to success against inconsistent Forfarshire in a rain-curbed clash at Forthill.
Aberdeenshire surged to victory over Carlton at Mannofield, while Stoneywood-Dyce powered past Watsonians at Peoples Park in another fixture which was subject to the Duckworth Lewis formula.
Shaun Coetzer (47) and Michael Leask (32) were the SD mainstays after James Easton had top scored with 41 for the visitors.
Ben Wilkinson inspired pacesetters Glenrothes to a comfortable victory over Carlton Seconds at Grange Loan and showed why he is rated one of the top prospects of the game north of the Border.
Last year’s Scottish Under-17s player of the season struck a fine 61 to help propel the Fifers to a lofty 269 for five, which was always likely to be out of reach of the hosts.
Wilkinson was snapped up from Heriot’s during the winter and Glenrothes chairman Eddie Gibbs said: “We followed Ben's progress for a number of years.
“We were delighted when he decided to switch to us.
“We are determined to ensure our growing ambitions as a club, while also matching his personal targets.”
A half-century by Jock Wallace proved to be the foundations for Freuchie’s 58-run win at the expense of Penicuik at Muir Road.
Corstorphine remained in second spot by out powering Edinburgh South on home turf. Cam Leeder’s unbeaten 79 was the highlight.
And MDAFS were much too strong for Grange 2s.