ESCA Round-Up - July 7
Every two weeks this summer Gary Heatly will be updating us on how things are going in Baillie Gifford ESCA Divisions One to Eight:
Gala saw both of their week nine and 10 matches rained off, but they find themselves at the top of the Division One table with eight weeks of the 2016 campaign left.
In week nine, to complete the first half of the season, Clackmannan County defeated then leaders Watsonians II at The Arns.
Five wickets from Martin Versfeld looked to have put the visitors in charge with Clackmannan all out for 108, but then the home bowlers took control.
Tariq Mehboob led the way with 4-8 as the Edinburgh side were 75 not out.
Ashi Tufail scored 37 and then took 3-20 as Musselburgh saw off Linlithgow by four runs in a tight encounter.
Morton were on top form to defeat Heriot’s II by nine wickets at the Meadows.
The poor weather hit in week 10 and only one match in East One was completed.
In that one Vignesh Devaraj made 79 not out as Musselburgh chased down Clackmannan’s 137 all out to win by five wickets.
Week nine saw just two result reached in Division Two.
A well-worked 44 not out from Ian Brown helped Largo to defeat Kirk Brae by six wickets while at Dresselrig it was Livingston who got the better of Westquarter & Redding.
They chased down their victory target in the 36th over to win by four wickets.
Edinburgh South are top of the table after they defeated Largo in week 10.
At Inch Park, Karl Marais scored 52 and then took 2-7 as the hosts won by 59-runs.
Falkland II are second after a victory over Westquarter & Redding by 22-runs.
At Scroggie Park, the Fifers scored just 113 all out, but then their bowlers heard their nerve to bowl out the visitors for 91.
Livingston defeated Kirk Brae by 66-runs while on the Sunday Fraser West took the very impressive figures of 5-5 as they defeated St Boswells by nine wickets.
Drummond Trinity are top of Division Three and in week nine they put in a polished performance.
At Inverleith Park, they bowled out Broomhall for 60 and then Faiq Mansoor hit 50 not out as they won by 10 wickets.
Also that week, Selkirk defeated Haddington by 90-runs.
Rory Banks hit 61 and then took 4-16 for the Borderers away at Neilson Park.
In week 10, bottom club Broomhall got their second league win of the summer by seeing off Murrayfield DAFS II by 35-runs.
And the following day Paul Kentish hit 67 not out as Carlton III defeated Haddington by six wickets.
After Haddington had posted 153-6 batting first, Kentish had good support from Eric Edwards who made 65 in the run chase.
Tranent are still unbeaten in Division Four, their seventh win on the spin coming in week 10 against Dunfermline & Carnegie.
At Meadowmill, Omais Altaf’s 55 helped lead the East Lothian men to 207-6 batting first.
Adnan Ali then returned figures of 3-5 as they won by 69-runs.
Also that week, Mathew Howis made 47 not out as Freuchie II beat Edinburgh South II at Muir Road.
Edinburgh Accies II defeated Largo II by seven wickets in week nine and are leaders in Division Five with Melrose out on top in Division Six.
Musselburgh II have struggled with the weather, but lead Division Seven after five wins from five to date while Dunnikier II are hot on their heels.
RH Corstorphine III are still ahead in Division Eight, in week 10 82 not out from Nicky Brunton seeing them past Watsonians IV by six wickets.