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:
With top weeks to go the is still a lot to be sorted out in all divisions and things are building to an exciting conclusion.
In Division One Freuchie are top after 16 weeks, but it is tight.
In week 15 they bowled Watsonians II out for 182, but then the match was rained off. In week 16 they lost to Musselburgh. In that one 67 not out from Ashi Tufail helped the East Lothian men on the way to a 64-run win.
That result left Musselburgh third while Gala are second.
Clackmannan County are fourth, but all of the teams near the top have stumbled of late and in week 16 they lost to Murrayfield DAFS.
Highlights of weeks 15 and 16 included a century for Cameron De Haan in Edinburgh Accies’ win over Musselburgh while Rob More scored 80 not out for Heriot’s II against Accies seven days later.
Edinburgh South’s promotion from Division Two was confirmed in week 16 after a five wicket win over SMRH II.
That result means that they have won 12 from 12 completed encounters with two weeks left.
Highlights of late in the division include 68 by Oscar Dimdore-Miles as RH Corstorphine II defeated Falkland II by 55-runs while Navid Asghar’s 3-8 helped Livingston beat St Boswells.
Westquarter’s relegation has been confirmed.
Drummond Trinty are still top of Division Three, but they have had a bit of a wobble in weeks 15 and 16.
In week 15 they were bowled out by Selkirk for just 89 and lost by five wickets and then seven days later Carlton III defeated them by the same margin.
The highlight of that one was 11-year-old Murray Johnson taking six wickets for Carlton III.
That leaves Carlton III second, Selkirk are in third and in week 16 they edged out Marchmont II by seven runs.
Edinburgh II are well placed in Division Four and they look like finishing in top spot.
In week 15 they defeated Edinburgh University Staff by four wickets and they then followed that up by beating Tranent by the same margin.
In Division Five Edinburgh Accies II are the men out in front.
In week 16 they managed to see off Murrayfield DAFS III by four wickets.
Kunal Pawar set them on their way in that one with six wickets as DAFS were all out for 142.
Ketan Patil then scored 51 in their successful run chase.
Heriot’s III are in second place and in week 16 Euan Harrison smashed 120 as they defeated the Old Contemptibles quite convincingly.
In a close encounter the same weekend, Hawick & Wilton defeated Largo II by nine runs.
The Borderers made 153 all out batting first and then restricted their opponents to 144-9 from their 40 overs.
Melrose need just one win from their two remaining matches to lift the Division Six title.
In week 15 they got the better of Kirk Brae II by three wickets and the following week saw their match at Livingston II called off.
Morton II are out in front in Division Seven.
At the Meadows in week 16 they saw off Dunfermline & Carnegie II by seven wickets, some really tight bowling setting them up for that one.
RH Corstorphine III have won 11 and lost two in Division Eight.
One of those losses came in week 16 though against Leith FAB II.
On Leith Links, the visitors posted 115-9 batting first, but it was not enough and in the end Leith FAB secured their sixth win of the league season.