Domestic review - week 10
Cricket Media review the weekend's action from the top-flight of Eastern and Western division matches.
Watsonians dodged yesterday’s showers to cement their place at the top of the Eastern Premier with victory over Aberdeenshire at Myreside.
On a day when two other top flight fixtures in the capital failed to go the distance, Sonians cashed-in and had a further bonus when they learned that second placed Forfarshire had fallen further off the pace.
Batting first, the Myrside men posted 216-4 before a lengthy rain interruption plunged the match into doubt.
However, patience paid off when the players returned to the field, Aberdeenshire having been set a tricky revised target of 249 in 42 overs.
The Dons could only make 209-8 despite battling half-centuries from Callum Howard (66) and Harsha Cooray (50).
Andrew Learmonth and Ewan Chalmers had earlier hit half-centuries for the hosts while Schalk Conradie contributed 36.
There was a shock for second placed Forfarshire who fell to their second defeat in a row, going down in another rain-affected encounter at Glenrothes whose survival hopes were boosted by a marvellous all-round display.
Keegan Rawlings was at the centre of it with 4-17 while Rizwan Akbar claimed 5-26 as Forfarshire were restricted to 156, despite a fluent 72 from Aman Bailwal.
Rawlings was then in the thick of the run-chase with 51no as the Fifers reached a revised target of 163 with seven wickets in hand.
That result is bad news for Stoneywood-Dyce who remain rooted to the bottom after Arbroath headed home from People’s Park with a four-wicket win.
Craig Ramsay and Ross McLean had three wickets each as the Aberdonians were dismissed for 142 before Harris Carnegie’s 34 and 32 from Greg Peal steered the chase.
Grange had posted 259-5 from 49 overs before heavy rain forced the abandonment of their home clash with Falkland.
It was a similar story at nearby Goldenacre where Heriot’s had reduced derby rivals Carlton to 133-5 before the rain arrived.
Ferguslie are still firmly on course for the Western Premier title after a convincing win at Stenhousemuir.
Indeed, yesterday’s six-wicket success means they have strengthened their position at the top since second placed Clydesdale’s clash with East Kilbride was washed-out.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl at The Tryst, Ferguslie never looked back after their new-ball duo of Jamey Carruthers and Greg Cameron each picked-up a wicket to reduce the hosts to 10-2.
Stenhousemuir rallied a little to reach 56-4 only to lose their final six in a hurry as they fell to 65 all out, Mishkal Ramsaroop cleaning up the tail with four scalps.
Ferguslie did lose four batsmen on a wicket that continued to offer assistance but they reached their modest target with plenty overs to spare.
Elsewhere, Kelburne slumped to their second consecutive defeat as Prestwick stepped-up their bid for a top four finish with victory at Whitehaugh.
The visitors had contributions throughout the order – Tom Fleet top-scoring with 38 - to post a competitive 172-9 before turning the screw in the field to dismiss Kelburne for 99 with Murtaza Trunkwala claiming 3-18.
Ally Rawlinson claimed 4-8 as Drumpellier fashioned a remarkable 16-run D/L win in a low-scoring clash with Ayr at Langloan.
And Uddingston made it a Lanarkshire double, Anwar Hafeez’s 68 helping the Bothwell men to a five-wicket success at Dumfries for whom Tom McBride’s 88 proved in vain.