ESCA Round Up - July 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 six weeks of the season remaining the action in the ESCA divisions is hotting up.
Wins in week 11 and week 12 have put Freuchie top of Division One.
In week 11 they saw off Morton by three wickets, a 50 from Ian Stonebridge helping them to the win.
In week 12 they defeated Linlithgow by eight wickets. Graham Dodds led the way with 3-25 as Linlithgow made 151-9 batting first.
Stonebridge then made 79 to guide Freuchie home.
In week 11 Martin Versfeld’s 4-4 helped second placed Watsonians II defeat Murrayfield DAFS, but then they were defeated by Musselburgh last weekend, Hemant Verma taking six wickets for the East Lothian side in that one.
Other recent highlights in Division One include Nadeem Anjum taking 4-10 as Murrayfield DAFS defeated Morton by six wickets.
Edinburgh South have won nine out of nine completed matches and top Division Two.
In week 11 they defeated St Boswells by eight wickets, Charanjit Singh Wazir hitting a half century.
Last time out at Inch Park they bowled out Livingston for 80 and went on to win by nine wickets.
Kirk Brae are in second spot and last time out they managed to see off SMRH II by 44-runs.
In that one they scored144-6 from 40 overs and then the bowlers were on top form to bowl the hosts out for 100 at Inverleith. Vipin Gupta took 5-19 in that effort.
Other recent highlights include 4-12 by Daniel Law for Fauldhouse in week 11 as they defeated RH Corstorphine II by six wickets.
Two comfortable wins in weeks 11 and 12 kept Drummond Trinity top of Division Three.
Against Linlithgow II they scored 166-8 batting first in 40 overs and then five bowlers all took wickets as the West Lothian men were bowled out for just 42.
The bowlers were on top form again against Haddington, bowling them out for 88 at Inverleith Park.
Arvind Kumar Vippunuthula then made a quick fire 52 not out as Drummond Trinity won by eight wickets.
Tranent have won nine from nine to continue to set the standard in Division Four.
Most recently they were on top form to get the better of Holy Cross II at Meadowmill.
James Nicholson made 68 as they posted 196 all out batting first and then they skittled their opponents out for just 21.
Faraz Hussain took the best figures of 4-9 while Adnan Ali took 3-2.
Other notable performances of late include Zafar Ali’s 103 not out as Leith FAB defeated Freuchie II by 67-runs.
Hawick & Wilton top Division Five and in week 11 they defeated Heriot’s II by 90-runs at Goldenacre.
The Borderers posted 130 all out and then managed to bowl the hosts out for 40.
Melrose are top of Division Six, but in week 11 they were involved in a thrilling tie against Drummond Trinity II.
They bowled out their hosts for 90 at Inverleith Park and then finished on the same total themselves.
Musselburgh II have won seven out of seven in Division Seven and most recently they bowled Broomhall II out for 52 before going on to be victorious by six wickets.
RH Corstorphine III lead the way in Division Eight, but in week 12 they lost out to Edinburgh III.
The visitors to Campbell Park made 140 all out and then Edinburgh III reached their victory target in a tight finish with just two wickets - and one over - remaining.