CSL Round Up
Aberdeenshire produced an accomplished run-chase to stay top of the Eastern Premier division as a century from Scotland star Craig Wallace proved in vain for Forfarshire at Mannofield.
The Dons went into this fixture without top scorer Chris Venske who suffered a broken hand last week and it was his replacement who ultimately proved the hero.
Shy Nanthakumaran has often been a bit-part player for ‘Shire, frequently making his biggest impression in the second eleven.
However, the experienced wicketkeeper/batsman enjoyed his day in the sun with a brilliant century as the Granite City side chased 240 for the loss of just two wickets.
Nanthakumaran finished unbeaten on 100, having carried his bat for 143 balls, hitting eight boundaries and a six.
He had crucial support from Sri Lankan Harsha Cooray whose rapid 82no allowed the Dons to win with twelve balls to spare.
Having elected to bat, Forfarshire suffered a setback when Matty Parker was caught behind by Nanthakumaran off Hayes van der Berg in the second over.
However, a stand of 155 between Wallace and Elliot McCandless put the visitors on course for a substantial total.
McCandless was particularly watchful at first, taking twenty-two deliveries to score his first run as van der Berg and Tyler Buchan kept things tight.
Runs began to flow with Wallace hoisting a six over the ropes to loosen the stranglehold which the home bowlers had enjoyed.
Both players reached half-centuries with McCandless eventually departing for a well-crafted 58 from 104 balls.
His resolute effort provided the platform for Australian Aron Lilly to open out with a hard-hitting 31 including four boundaries and a maximum.
Lilly eventually lost his wicket but Wallace remained unbeaten throughout his side’s innings.
His 122 came from 163 deliveries and included nine fours as well as that early six but his day was to end in disappointment.
Meanwhile Arbroath remain hard on Aberdeenshire’s heels after Brendon Ford was another of the day’s centurions.
Ford probably travelled to Grange Loan to face Carlton in confident mood after reaching three figures in the corresponding fixture last season.
History was to repeat itself as Arbroath recovered from a poor start to prevail by six wickets.
Needing 168, they slumped to 19-2 following the loss of Ross McLean and Hamish Bartlett but Ford got his head down to spearhead the chase with 114no.
Earlier, Hamish Gardiner top-scored for Carlton with a battling 63 but the capital side were unable to build the partnerships which would have allowed them to post a winning total.
Some late hitting from Chris Sole (30no) and Raj Routray (15no) hoisted Grange to 185-9 – enough to secure a D/L win over Watsonians who had been reduced to 116-6 when rain brought an early end at Myreside.
The calculations also went in favour of Heriot’s in their rain-affected derby against SMRH at Inverleith while Falkland completed the double over Stoneywood-Dyce with a 31-run success at Scroggie Park.
IN an extraordinary game at Titwood, champions Uddingston at once proved they won’t relinquish their Western title without a fight while also putting a severe dent in Clydesdale’s aspirations.
Chasing a target of just 144, Dale were cruising on 58-0 before Uddingston produced a remarkable fightback to reduce their hosts to 81-5.
However, Sam Page and Lyle Hill added 51 for the sixth wicket before a second astonishing collapse handed victory to the visitors.
At 132-5 Clydesdale needed just twelve more runs for a crucial win but they fell four runs short.
New Zealander Matt McEwan was the Uddingston hero with 6-21 while Ricky Bawa claimed 3-39.
Earlier Gautham Rai top-scored with 39 but the visitors’ total of 143-9 didn’t look enough.
Renfrew’s title hopes also suffered a setback with a heavy defeat at East Kilbride while Ayr remain top of the table and unbeaten after their game at Drumpellier failed to produce a result due to the rain.
The elements, though, worked in favour of West of Scotland who recorded a long-awaited first win of the season, responding to Dumfries’ 219-8 with 187-3 when rain set in at Hamilton Crescent – 14 runs ahead on D/L.