CSL Review - 18 July 2015
Grange took a step closer to clinching the Eastern Premier title yesterday when they claimed a revenge win against Falkland while closest challengers Arbroath and Carlton suffered weather frustration and defeat respectively.
Just three weeks ago Grange fell to their only defeat of the campaign to date when the Fifers travelled to Edinburgh and secured a 36-run success.
However, despite having their visitors in a spot of bother with the bat, they were unable to repeat that success at Scroggie Park.
It was something of a triumph that this match went ahead at all given the overnight storms which sent sightscreens and covers blowing all around the ground.
Falkland looked set to cash-in on bowling first when they reduced the leaders to 46-5 but Grange’s lower order rallied well to post 141.
The home side found batting no easier as John Blain’s four early wickets and one for Raj Routray reduced them to 50-5.
Falkland recovered to reach three figures but fell 37 runs short.
Arbroath were denied the chance to claim their tenth win of the season when their clash with Stoneywood-Dyce was called-off.
Third top Carlton suffered a potentially fatal blow in their title bid when they went down by five wickets in their derby clash with Watsonians at Grange Loan, Ewan Chalmers 52no proving decisive for the visitors.
At Forthill, Ryan Watson fell just one run short of a third consecutive league century but his 99 together with Graeme Beghin’s 110no carried Forfarshire to 263-4 and a 23-run win over Corstorphine for whom Dan Payne’s unbeaten 125 went unrewarded.
Aberdeenshire’s clash with Heriot’s at Mannofield was another weather victim.
THE elements also affected the Western Union card though there were few complaints from leaders Clydesdale whose clash with West of Scotland was abandoned while second top Kelburne lost their Paisley derby to Ferguslie by one wicket.
MEANWHILE Scotland’s U19s made it double World Cup delight by beating Ireland in Jersey to qualify for their own global tournament next year.
Just as the seniors had done, the youngsters secured their success on net run-rate.
Having lost to the Irish earlier in the tournament, the Scots needed a big win to overhaul their rivals’ superior rate and skipper Neil Flack put them on course by hitting 71 of his team’s 244.
Ben Wilkinson then claimed the bowling honours with 5-22 as Scotland secured an 83-run win.