Domestic Review - Week 4

22 May

Cricket Media round up of the weekend's action in the Western and Eastern top flight divisions. 

Carlton fell to their first defeat of the season yesterday as Forfarshire stepped-up their Eastern Premier bid with an impressive performance at Forthill. 

Chasing 181 for victory, the Forthill side suffered a setback when Matty Parker was caught short of his ground while attempting a third run. 

However, from 35-1, skipper Craig Wallace and Graeme Beghin took the initiative with a half-century stand before a second run out accounted for the dangerous Wallace. 

In-form Beghin, though, followed scores of 101 and 43 in his previous two league outings to bring up another half-century with consecutive boundaries. 

Carlton’s bowlers stuck to their task and when Chayank Gosain took a return catch to dismiss Beghin for 59, the Forthill side were wobbling a little on 149-5.

However, despite the loss of another two wickets, the lower order men held their nerve to seal a significant win. 

Earlier Forfarshire’s bowlers held the upper hand against a dangerous Carlton batting line-up. 

Liam Sweeney did the bulk of the damage, his four middle order wickets denying Carlton any big partnerships. 

Gordon Drummond (46) and Ali Evans offered some enterprising hitting but the visitors were forced to settle for a below-par 180. 

Carlton’s defeat means Watsonians are the only unbeaten team in the division though the Myreside men needed some help from the weather. 

A hat-trick from Falkland’s Ben Strachan saw the Edinburgh all out for 158 but  the match was abandoned before the Fifers could start their run-chase. 

In another rain-affected encounter, Grange went into T20 mode to race to a ten-wicket triumph against Aberdeenshire at Portgower Place. 

Electing to bat, the visitors struggled for fluency and were dismissed for 193 before Grange were set a D/L target of 107 in twenty overs. 

They needed only 6.4 as Gordon Goudie, deputising for the Hibs-supporting Ryan Flannigan, Nick Farrar launched a flurry of big hits. 

It was a similar story at nearby Goldenacre where Heriot’s comfortably chased a revised target to beat Stoneywood-Dyce by nine wickets. 

Arbroath’s Fraser Burnett produced the day’s best batting display with a century in his side’s comfortable win at Glenrothes. 

Meanwhile there was frustration at Meikleriggs where conditions caused a four-and-a-half hour delay before the Western Premier match-of-the-day between joint leaders Ferguslie and champions Clydesdale got under way. 

In a match reduced to 23 overs a side, it was worth the wait for Ferguslie who are now sole occupants of top spot after a tense seven-run win. 

After being sent in to bat Ferguslie were solid rather than spectacular in posting 112-6 despite Michkal Ramsaroop’s enterprising 56. 

However, it proved enough as, in gathering gloom, the Dale batsmen were restricted to 105-8. 

Elsewhere, Kelburne suffered their first defeat of the season as Dumfries again proved a formidable foe on home turf. 

In their last Nunholm outing, they had beaten Clydesdale and they showed similar never-say-die qualities to get the better of their Paisley visitors. 

Ross Maclean’s four wickets had Dumfries in trouble on 55-6 at the halfway stage in their innings but a battling 33 from skipper Robert McBride and cameos from David Davidson (21) and Nial Alexander (19no) allowed them to post 140-8 

Kelburne reached 56-2 but lost their final eight wickets for 35 as Alexander claimed four scalps while Josh Geary and the ever-reliable Alan Davidson had two each. 

A week after scoring a memorable 346-2, Ayr had a day to forget after falling to just 81 all out against Uddingston at Cambusdoon. 

The Lanarkshire side – and top scorer Niall MacLeod in particular with 44no - had shown much more resolve in totalling 206-8.

East Kilbride spun their way to a first win of the season and left Stenhousemuir still searching for theirs after a hard-fought tussle at The Tryst. 

After being sent in EK dug in to reach 134-8 before the hosts looked on course when they eased to 69-2. 

However, when Moneeb Iqbal had Rushdi Jappie caught for 36 – the game’s highest score – Stenhousemuir lost their final eight wickets for 17 as Iqbal and Lyons had four victims each. 

There was also a first success of the season for Drumpellier who got the better of Prestwick by 55 runs at Langloan.


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