CSL Round Up - 11 July 2015
From Cricket Media
Arbroath shrugged-off the absence of four key players to maintain their Eastern Premier title push with victory over Falkland at Lochlands.
The home side were without the Burnett brothers, Calvin and Fraser, along with two of their best teenagers who were on Scotland U19 duty yet still emerged winners albeit by just two wickets.
Falkland, who undertake a lengthy journey south to Cheshire this morning to face Hawk Green in the Village Cup, went into this match on a high following wins against Grange and Aberdeenshire.
However, they had their own significant absentee in Scotland T20 star Safyaan Sharif and the Fifers were dismissed for a disappointing 82 as Craig Ramsay, the division’s leading wicket-taker, added another four to his tally.
Falkland fought back in the field to claim eight home wickets but Craig Cameron top-scored with 20 as Arbroath edged home.
Carlton also demonstrated their strength in depth to stay in touch at the top with a comfortable derby win over Heriot’s at Grange Loan.
They had Preston Mommsen and Ali Evans on international business while in-form Fraser Watts was demonstrating his patriotism and wit as an expert analyst on Sky Sports coverage of Scotland’s T20 qualifying clash with Holland.
Missing, too, was national U19 coach Gordon Drummond but it didn’t stop Carlton amassing an impressive 309-4 with Rory McCann hitting 112no and Hamish Gardiner 110.
Heriot’s never looked like mounting a successful chase and could muster just 79 as the home bowlers dominated.
Arbroath and Carlton remain in pursuit of leaders Grange who enjoyed a five-wicket win against Corstorphine at Barnton.
Andrew Brock played a captain’s role for Grange, claiming four wickets as Corstorphine were bundled out for 114 and adding 27no after Ryan Flannigan put the visitors on course with 41.
Aberdeenshire were 75-run winners over Watsonians at Mannofield while
Forfarshire secured a 55-run success at Stoneywood-Dyce.
Majid Haq produced a scintillating spell of spin as Western Union leaders Clydesdale staved-off the threat of a shock to beat Drumpellier.
The leaders looked in genuine danger when they were dismissed for just 102 after being sent in to bat in bowler-friendly conditions at Langloan.
However, Haq spearheaded a superb recovery to claim remarkable figures of seven wickets for just ten runs from fourteen overs – the best bowling performance in the Union this season.
His effort, aided by Mo Ali’s 3-8, saw Drumpellier routed for only 39.
Closest challengers Kelburne faltered, going down by five wickets at Dumfries.
The Paisley side rallied from 89-7 to reach 162 but their hosts produced a controlled run-chase.
There was massive frustration for East Kilbride when their clash with West of Scotland was abandoned at Hamilton Crescent.
Ross Lyons had smashed 123 with an astonishing ten maximums to help the visitors post 283-8, West slumping to 57-3 before rain intervened six overs short of an official contest.