Eastern Knights register second win

02 May
Eastern Knights yesterday stepped up their CS Pro50 Cup momentum to beat the Cally Highlanders - and the bitter conditions - to make it two out of two.

Andrew Brock’s capital outfit - coached by former Scotland hero John Blain - produced a powerful all-round display at Broughty Ferry as they staved off the challenge of the reformed northerners.

They took advantage of an inconsistent home attack to rattle up an impressive 295 for five - featuring a solid 87 from World Cup captain Preston Mommsen, along with tidy half centuries by Ryan Flannigan and Dylan Budge.

The bowlers carried on the good work to dismiss the hosts 88 short of the target.

Home-ground skipper Craig Wallace threatened to propel his team to a shock triumph as he raced out the traps in trademark style.

He smashed his way to 50 off just eight overs, only 17 runs less than the Highlanders’ tally of 67 for one at the time,

But the pendulum swung back in favour of the visitors when Wallace perished for 74 from 54 balls and Chris Greaves departed for a more watchful 52.

The impetus was lost and wickets tumbled at regular intervals as the Knights’ bowlers, well drilled by Blain, tightened their grip.

Earlier - despite the chilling elements - skipper Brock had no hesitation in opting to bat after winning the toss.

Nick Farrar and Flannigan were the first two to depart as Mommsen began to dominate the home attack, which was handicapped by spearhead Safyaan Sharif suffering from the effects of a stomach bug.

The Highlanders were hoping to have an instant chance to make amends, but unfortunately the match against the Western Warriors at Titwood has been cancelled due to a wet outfield.

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