ESCA Round Up - August 2016
Every two weeks this summer Gary Heatly will be updating us on how things are going in Baillie Gifford ESCA Divisions One to Eight:
Freuchie are top of Division One with four matches left, but they lost a close encounter in week 14.
That was against fellow title chasers Gala at Meigle Park where, batting first, the visitors made 131 all out.
Robbie Pringle was the main man in the Gala attack taking 4-15 from 10 overs that included four maidens.
Robbie Birrell then went one better and took five wickets for Freuchie to put Gala in a bit of bother in their chase.
However, a calm 29 not out by Dinesh Tharanga saw Gala home by one wicket.
Also in week 14 there were wins for Clackmannan County, Linlithgow, Heriot’s II and Edinburgh Accies II.
Edinburgh South have 10 wins from 10 to top Division Two.
They saw their match at Fauldhouse called off in week 13, but in week 14 they were back in action and got the better of Falkland II.
Simon Toohey cracked 94 as the home side made a formidable 260-6 batting first.
Karl Marais then took 4-5 as Falkland II were 103-8 after 29.1 overs.
As a result Edinburgh South won by 157-runs.
RH Corstorphine are second and in week 14 they kept up their good form with a three wicket home win over Largo.
In that one they chased down a victory target of 155 to win.
Fauldhouse’s bowlers made sure they had a quick day at Eastfield Park when they bowled out Westquarter&Redding for 18.
Jordan Kelly took 4-13 and Daniel Law also picked up three wickets before their team knocked off the required runs for the loss of one wicket in 4.5 overs.
In Division Three, Drummond Trinity have won nine of their 10 completed league matches to lead the way.
In week 14 they were up against Murrayfield DAFS II in Inverleith Park and 193-9 off 40 overs batting first set them up nicely for the win.
In reply DAFS II were 84 all out.
Also last weekend bottom of the table Broomhall secured a good win over second placed Carlton II.
Chris Hoefling made 54 as Broomhall managed to make it up to 174-5 from their 40 overs.
Tom Lucas then led the way with 4-24 as Carlton II were bowled all out for 123.
Edinburgh II are the leaders in Division Four and in weeks 13 and 14 they managed two wins.
In week 13 they hosted Leith FAB and defeated them by 102-runs at Campbell Park before travelling to Freuchie II seven days later.
In Fife Ahmed Bilal made 160 as Edinburgh II posted 295-9 from their 40 overs.
That was always going to make it a tough run chase for the hosts - and so it proved.
They were all out for 130 as Edinburgh II headed back down the road happy.
Edinburgh Accies II are top of Division Five, but in week 14 they were given a real scare by Watsonians III before scraping home.
At Newfield the hosts did a good job to restrict Watsonians III to 163-7 batting first.
Accies then had a few wobbles before some good rearguard batting saw them get home by one wicket.
Melrose defeated Dunbar - 122 all out played 115 all out – in week 14 to make sure they are just out on top in Division Six.
Division Seven is being led by Musselburgh II while RH Corstorphine III have won 11 and lost two to be out in front in Division Eight.
There is loads to play for in all eight divisions over the final four weeks of the 2016 regular season so it should make for some great cricket during August.