Domestic Review - Week 15

07 Aug

Cricket Media review the fifthteenth week of fixtures in the Eastern and Western Premier divisions. 

Clydesdale and Carlton took significant steps towards title glory yesterday with victories which cemented their places at the top of the Western and Eastern Premier divisions. 

In the west Dale demonstrated their all-round strength to over-power an Uddingston side who had won their previous five matches. 

Chasing 235 for victory at Titwood, the visitors were rocked by a devastating new-ball spell from Abdul Sabri who removed three top order batsmen in quick succession. 

There was no way back for Uddingston as the hosts ruthlessly seized the initiative to seal victory by 81 runs. 

Earlier Con de Lange top-scored as Clydesdale kept the board ticking at a healthy rate. 

They lost two early wickets but Mo Awais compiled a typically flamboyant 47 before being caught behind. 

A half-century stand between Richie Berrington and de Lange put Dale back in charge with the former striking a couple of classy blows in his 31.

However, attempting a maximum off Anwar Hafeez, the Scotland batsman was caught at deep mid-wicket. 

De Lange, though, found his range to clear the ropes three times on his way to a fine 57.

Majid Haq made 41no and Sabri 19no as Dale settled for a competitive 234-6. 

Clydesdale may need just one more win to be crowned champions though East Kilbride are in contention after a six-wicket victory over Drumpellier at Torrance House. 

Skipper Gregor Preston-Jones scored a century as Ferguslie ended their losing run by beating derby rivals Kelburne at Whitehaugh. 

Fazal Jawad was another century maker as Prestwick defeated local rivals Ayr by 90 runs at Henry Thow Oval. 

Rushdi Jappie took five wickets and scored a half-century as doomed Stenhousemuir claimed a consolation 22-run win at Dumfries. 

CARLTON took a huge step towards Eastern Premier success after prevailing in their top-of-the-table clash with capital rivals Watsonians at Myreside. 

Defending a modest 162, the Grange Loan side produced a dominant display with the ball. 

South African Mario Olivier had already struck three times to reduce ‘Sonians to 15-3 before a heavy shower brought the players from the field. 

However, there was no stopping Carlton who returned to complete the job in style, eventually dismissing their rivals for 123. 

Carlton, who had won the toss and elected to bat, needed their lower order to dig deep after a flurry of early wickets had them reeling. 

Alex Sim did the bulk of the damage, dismissing Kyle Macpherson, Fraser Watts and Arun Pillai while Olly Brown accounted for Stevie Gilmour. 

Andy McKay, wicket-less in his first spell, then got in on the act to remove Ali Evans and Gordon Drummond and, at 56-6, Carlton were in real bother. 

A couple of mini-partnerships allowed them to reach three figures but a further two wickets saw them plummet to 108-8. 

It was left to Fraser Boyd, the former Watsonians player, to stall his former team-mates with a defiant 36 while Chayank Gosain supported with 23.

Elsewhere, Chris Sole warmed-up for a potential Scotland debut with five wickets as Grange dismissed Heriot’s for 223 in one of several matches disrupted by rain. 

Sole’s victims included top scorer Peter Ross for 69 while Hayes van der Berg contributed 43 for the visitors. 

Set a revised target of 215 in 46 overs, Grange secured a thrilling last-over win with just one wicket to spare, thanks largely to Preston Mommsen’s 50 and 49 from Neil McCallum. 

Glenrothes, for whom Chris Greaves hit 139, boosted their survival hopes with a convincing win against Stoneywood-Dyce, a result which drags Falkland back into danger after their D/L defeat at Arbroath. 

The match between Aberdeenshire and Forfarshire was called-off.

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