Domestic review - week 6
Cricket Media round up Saturday's domestic action from the East and Western Premier divisions
Watsonians fell to their first defeat of the season yesterday as Carlton blew the Eastern Premier title race wide open.
It looked as if the scene was set for a high-scoring affair in the Grange Loan sunshine but it was the bowlers who were on top virtually throughout.
Arun Pillai gave Carlton an early edge with two quick successes but Calum Everett emerged as the hero, first bowling ‘Sonians skipper Ewan Chalmers and then claiming a further two wickets with consecutive deliveries.
Everett claimed another to finish with 4-16 and reduce the leaders to 97-9 but a half-century stand for the last wicket, in which Fraser Sands top-scored with 36, propelled Watsonians to 153 to give them a glimmer of hope.
Carlton were cruising on 50-0 after eight overs but the departure of Fraser Watts for 48 quickly followed by Pillai for 40 sparked a surprise dose of the jitters.
Wickets continued to fall as the target came tantalisingly close but Rory McCann’s unbeaten 37 saw Carlton secure a three-wicket success.
In the other capital derby at Goldenacre, Grange enjoyed a comfortable 133-run win over Heriot’s, Preston Mommsen’s 60 and Chris Sole’s four wickets being the highlights.
Elsewhere Forfarshire maintained their challenge with a commanding win over Aberdeenshire at Forthill.
Craig Wallace led the way with a hard-hitting 90 while Matty Parker made 83 in a total of 333-7.
It proved more than enough as the visitors could make just 182.
The result leaves Aberdeenshire uncomfortably close to the foot of the table and their Granite City neighbours Stoneywood-Dyce are rock bottom after a superb 162no from Chris Greaves helped Glenrothes achieve their first-ever top flight win.
Falkland also remain at the wrong end following a heavy defeat to Arbroath.
WESTERN Premier leaders Ferguslie survived a scare before maintaining their unbeaten start to the season with a thrilling derby win over Kelburne at Meikleriggs.
Kelburne battled hard to post a challenging 174 despite four wickets from Haroon Tahir and appeared to have their rivals on the ropes at 134-7.
However, Dave Stafford was Ferguslie’s hero for the second week in a row, holding his nerve to carve out a priceless 51no as Ferguslie sneaked home by two wickets to preserve their lead at the top.
Meanwhile champions Clydesdale cruised to victory against Uddingston whose recent revival was brought to a shuddering halt at Bothwell Castle.
Dale were on top from the start as Abdul Sabri removed the prolific Amir Gul in the third over to spark a procession of batsmen coming and going.
Sabri claimed a further two top order wickets and Basit Ali one as the home side slumped to 17-4.
Gavin Bradley and Niall MacLeod repelled the Dale attack long enough to reach double figures but neither batsman could play a major innings.
Instead wickets continued to tumble as Uddingston were dismissed for just 47 in twenty-seven overs, Sabri finishing with three victims.
Clydesdale lost Mo Awais early in their reply but the result was never in doubt as, for the second week in a row, Carl Huyser (10no) and Con de Lange (27no) carried Clydesdale to a nine-wicket success.
The sides meet again today at Titwood in the Scottish Cup.
Elsewhere, Harmanjit Singh played a captain’s part with a brilliant century as East Kilbride over-powered Drumpellier at Langloan.
Singh stroked eleven boundaries in a fluent 120 while Stuart Kampman hit 60 and Ross Lyon 36 from only eighteen balls as Ek rattled-up 304-5.
In reply Graeme McLaren made a defiant 36 but had little support as the Coatbridge side slumped to 114 all out.
Michael Papps stroked a brilliant 134 as Ayr posted 245-9 to beat Prestwick at Cambusdoon.
Papps fell in the final over to Ross Patterson who proceeded to claim an hat-trick.
Prestwick launched a spirited run-chase only to fall 22 runs short.
Meanwhile Ash Davidar claimed 6-49 and stroked a brilliant unbeaten102 as Stenhousemuir recorded their first win, easing home by eight wickets against Dumfries at The Tryst.