CSL Review 23 May

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Josh Johnson, the East Kilbride captain, was unable to conceal his delight after his side confirmed their status as potential title contenders with a brilliant 32-run win over Clydesdale. 

In a topsy-turvy Torrance House clash it was the underdogs who ultimately prevailed though not before Con de Lange had stamped his class on the game with five wickets and a half-century. 

De Lange, who will make his debut for a Scotland XI against UAE in Southampton tomorrow, helped restrict East Kilbride to 189-7 and when he and Richie Berrington were in the middle the game appeared to be Dale’s for the taking. 

However, Johnston brought himself into the attack and promptly removed both batsmen as the home side took a decisive grip on proceedings. 

“This is a massive win for us – there is no other way to describe it!” said a delighted Johnston. 

“We're all over the moon, and the fact that it was an all-round team performance makes it even better.” 

Johnston’s men made a solid start after the skipper had won the toss and elected to bat, Harmanjit Singh and Ally Dalgliesh, putting on 53 for the first wicket. 

Singh, one of three former Dale stars in the home ranks, was de Lange’s first victim when he offered a return catch to depart for 31. 

His dismissal sparked a collapse that saw East Kilbride slump to 99-6, Dalgliesh another casualty to de Lange for a well-compiled 43 that included two boundaries and two maximums. 

Instead of folding, however, the home side responded to the mini-crisis by launching a thrilling counter-attack during which another former Clydesdale man, Ross Lyons, led the way with a swashbuckling 55no which included five sixes. 

His effort meant that the hosts went to tea with their tails up and they were further boosted by the capture of three early Dale wickets. 

However, an 87-run stand between Berrington and de Lange appeared to have put the visitors firmly in charge until Johnston removed the former for 50 with his first delivery and the latter soon after for 53. 

They proved crushing blows for Dale who contrived to lose their final five wickets for 23 runs, Fred Klaassen leading the way with 5-43 while Johnston claimed 4-27. 

Johnston added: “Harmanjit and Ally gave us a great start and although we had a bit of a wobble Ross showed he’s got the talent to turn it on. 

“He turned our innings on its head and gave us something decent to bowl at.

“Richie and Con were starting to take the game in their direction but I managed to get Richie caught behind with my first ball and when Con was out a couple of overs later we were able to turn the screw. 

“Fred was the pick of the bowlers to take his first five-wicket haul in the league. All in all it’s been a brilliant day for EK.” 

Clydesdale’s first defeat of the campaign paved the way for champions Ayr to reclaim pole position thanks to a clinical eight-wicket win over Ferguslie at Cambusdoon. 

The Paisley side had 68 from Michael English while Fritz de Beer made 63 in their 213-9 but both were trumped by home hero Neil Smith who hit a brilliant 100no while Lenart van Wyk was unbeaten on 87 when Ayr secured the points. 

Kelburne lost for the first time as Drumpellier’s overseas duo of Sudesh Fernando (76no) and Louis Venter (30) dominated in a five-wicket success at Whitehaugh. 

David Davidson and Scott Beveridge scored half-centuries in Dumfries’ 89-run win at Renfrew while Uddingston’s Amir Gul claimed three wickets and scored 37no in a comfortable eight-wicket win over West of Scotland at Bothwell Castle.


CSL Eastern Premier

John Blain is mad keen to rekindle his Scotland career - and in the wake of events at the weekend, Forfarshire’s batsmen will be queuing up to write references on his behalf.

He may be no spring chicken, however the paceman’s potent spell of bowling at Forthill would indicate strongly that he still possesses what it takes to succeed at the upper levels of the game. 

Typically, Blain opted after the demolition job on the hosts to talk up the talents of his Grange squadmates, and stressed that - contrary to widely held belief - the club are not a bottomless pit of players. 

He declared: “Clinical is probably the best word to describe our display up at Broughty Ferry, especially when Forfarshire’s line up featured so many internationalists. 

“We had a few frontliners missing, but we were bright and organised and the guys who were called up did s good job. 

“The common opinion is that Grange have players-a-plenty, but that is actually not the case. 

“What we have done is identified a style of play that suits our group and combined that with discipline and work ethic.

“In terms of my own aspirations, I would still love to play for Scotland after a few years out of their plans. Nothing has changed in that regard.” 

Blain grabbed five for 14 as the home brigade capitulated to 61 all out. Skipper Andrew Brock was the ideal and equally effective foil, taking four for eight with his spin. 

Grange embarked on a quick and decisive pursuit, George Munsey clouting 40 not out as they scooted to the target in the 11th over with only one wicket down. 

Another plater lost to Scotland in recent times is Arbroath batsman Fraser Burnett - and like Blain, he fired a reminder of his skills to the national selectors. 

Burnett and Co have proved to be a jinx to Aberdeenshire at Mannofield, and the trend continued in emphatic fashion as the champions plunged to their first defeat of the campaign. 

He thumped a marvellous 121, underlining his lasting frustrations over having to hand over the title crown to the Dons last year. 

Burnett’s epic knock propelled Arbroath to a seven-wicket victory as they responded to Shire’s 223 for eight. 

The innings spanned 120 balls and included three sixes and 14 fours. His third wicket stand with Elton Willemse (56 not out) was worth 157. 

Earlier, Christ Venske had been the only home star to master the varied Arbroath attack, hitting a fine 93 before being trapped in front by Brendon Ford. 

To complete a miserable day for the northern teams, Carlton hammered Stoneywood-Dyce at Peoples Park. 

Ex-Saltires captain Gordon Drummond was the destroyer-in-chief with the ball, snapping up for for 39 as the locals limped to 153 for eight. 

Then Rory McCann hit an unbeaten 86 and Hamish Gardiner struck 41 to carry the capital men over the line. 

Falkland must have feared the worst when the were hustled out for only 121 on home turf 

But the bowlers rose to the challenge - Brock Ditchmen and Safyaan Sharif in particular - and they skittled the Goldenacre outfit for just 102. 

Sharif and Ditchmen shared a six-scalp haul. 

And at Inverleith, the woes of newly promoted RH Corstorphine deepened when they were toppled by Watsonians. 

A battling 51 not out by Pete Steindl enabled RHC to pass the 200-mark, but it was a cruise for Sonians, thanks mainly to Ewan Chalmers’ 74 not out.



Eastern Championship: 

SCOTT Lucas emerged as the men who mattered as Glenrothes snuffed out the challenge of Edinburgh CC to preserve their 100 per cent record.

The visitors were unable to establish any momentum at Gilvenbank, with only one batsman able to reach double figures in the meek tally of 69 all out. 

Lucas, No4 in the attack, swept through the tail, taking four for nine off six overs. They lost their last six wickets at a cost of just 21. 

The pursuit was, at first, no formality for the Fifers, but with Chris Greaves (27 not out) at the crease, the outcome was never really in doubt - though they did lose three men. 

Sam Peachey was in devastating home-turf form for Marchmont as they crushed Freuchie. 

Peaches hit an unbeaten 111 to inspire a lofty target of 292 and enjoyed the stout support of Corne van Jaarsveld (79) in a stand of 141. 

Any prospect of a Freuchie fightback was dashed as they surrendered four wickets with the score on 35 - all of them claimed by Matt Loeffen on his way to figures of six for 17. 

Carlton 2s stayed on the heels of Glenrothes by easily disposing of SMRH at Grange Loan, with Ahmed Shah taking five for 21. 

Sid Prasad stroked 101 not out to help Grange 2s get the better of Holy Cross at Raeburn Place. 

And Penicuik were too strong for MDAFs at Kirkhill after bowling them out for 92.

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