Domestic review week 8
Cricket Media round up the action from an exciting round of games in the Eastern and Western top-flight divisions.
Graeme Beghin’s third century of the season proved in vain yesterday as Eastern Premier leaders Forfarshire slumped to defeat against Heriot’s.
In a high-scoring affair at Forthill, Beghin’s 111no helped ‘Shire post an imposing 262-6.
However, Heriot’s launched an impressive run-chase to win by five wickets and maintain their own interest at the top end of the table.
Hayes van der Berg and Peter Ross laid the foundation with 47 and 49 respectively before Mark Watt carried the Goldenacre troops to glory.
The Scotland all-rounder stroked four boundaries and two maximums in his unbeaten 61 to clinch victory.
Earlier Beghin was in imperious form, taking his season’s tally beyond the 500-run mark while Umair Mohammed’s solid 40 and Coinneach Carmichael’s hard-hitting 43no appeared to have the Broughty Ferry men on course to cement their place at the top.
Instead Watsonians claimed pole position while Carlton confirmed their title credentials after comfortable wins over Arbroath and Aberdeenshire.
‘Sonians posted an impressive 270 at Myreside, skipper Ewan Chalmers leading with 91 while Brendan O’Connell added 71.
O’Connell then claimed five wickets and Henk Conradie three as Arbroath responded with just 180.
In a matched reduced to 33 overs, Carlton restricted Aberdeenshire to 121-9 before Fraser Watts’ 54 led the capital side to victory.
Stoneywood-Dyce remain at the foot of the table after a two-wicket reverse at Falkland while the match between Glenrothes and Grange was abandoned.
Meanwhile Western Premier leaders Ferguslie recovered from last week’s defeat by over-powering Dumfries at Nunholm.
The home side were going for a hat-trick of wins against the top three after successes against Clydesdale and Kelburne but they found Ferguslie a tougher nut to crack.
After winning the toss, Gregor Preston-Jones helped his side shake off the early loss of Mishkal Ramsaroop as he and Hannes Venter took the tally to 77 after twenty overs.
Venter top-scored with 94 in a crucial third-wicket stand with Michael English who made 47 before Dave Stafford and John Allan added a flurry of runs to hoist the tally to 244-7 and put the Paisley men in command.
Their bowlers then pressed home the advantage, Dumfries falling to 130 all out despite Alan Davidson’s half-century.
Elsewhere Clydesdale needed a superb partnership between Abdul Sabri and Andrew Scobie to dig them out of a hole at Prestwick.
The champions were in bother on 123-7 until Sabri smashed four maximums in scoring 61 from only 33 deliveries while Scobie hit 35no as Dale posted 218-8.
Prestwick’s openers put on 51 in a solid start but the depth of Clydesdale’s attack proved decisive with Abi Shakoor claiming the key wickets of Fraser Macdonald (36) and Fazal Jawad (15) as the hosts lost their way.
Kelburne remain firmly in contention after a typically efficient performance against Uddingston at Whitehaugh.
Brad Williams notched his fourth half-century of the campaign as the Paisley side posted 220-7, Jak O’Connell having earlier made a solid 47 and Qasim Sheikh 35.
Ross Maclean and Sameer Zia had three wickets each before Uddingston succumbed to 148.
Ayr have made some low totals this season but it was they who inflicted pain yesterday as East Kilbride’s title hopes nose-dived at Torrance House.
Hari Singh, the home skipper, knows his side have little margin for error if they are to prevail so he must have been dismayed to lose the toss and find his team batting in bowler friendly conditions.
The captain was first to go as Ayr counterpart Scott McElnea claimed the initiative with two wickets in the first over.
Just as they had a week earlier, EK’s top order subsided and they were soon in disarray on 27-6.
While they recovered from a similar mess to inflict a first defeat on Ferguslie, Ross Lyons, their hero on that occasion, was absent yesterday and there was no stopping Ayr.
Josh Johnston did hold up the visitors, facing 68 balls and was unbeaten on 16 when the final wicket fell with the total on just 65.
McElnea finished with 5-27 while Shujaa Khan claimed 3-17.
Ayr’s openers raced to the target inside nine overs with Neil Smith (37no) outscoring former New Zealand Test star Michael Papps (23no).
Drumpellier’s recent revival came to an end as Rushdi Jappie’s three wickets and 34 runs helped Stenhousemuir to a six-wicket win at Langloan.