Gary Heatly’s column July
Over the course of the 2013 season I will be writing a column for the Cricket Scotland website on all the goings on in the East Leagues.
With nine divisions there is always plenty going on amongst the clubs and I hope you will find it interesting.
Woodcutters first ever final
The Woodcutters have made it through to the Activcity Presidents Plate final - for clubs below East Four and non-league clubs - and it is their first final in 51 years.
They beat East Seven leaders Tranent on Sunday, July 21 by 44-runs.
Batting first the non-league side made 141-7, Johnny Bees leading the way with 54 and David Bowie (26) and Graeme Campbell (21 not out) chipping in with some useful runs.
They then bowled Tranent out for 97 with Nikki Vohra and Alan Marlow both taking three scalps.
Well done Woodcutters.
Performance of the month
The award for the performance of the month in June went to to Arun Pillai of Grange II for his batting and bowling against Edinburgh South in East One.
In the Grange II innings he scored 55 not out then took 7-14 runs from 10 overs as Grange won the game by over 100 runs.
Well done Arun.
In July so far Graeme Beghin has added another two centuries to take his tally to four in a quite amazing season for the young South African.
He made 156 against St Boswells and 127 against Dunfermline on July 13 and July 20 for Edinburgh South in East One to add to the three figures against Carlton II and Murrayfield DAFS earlier in the campaign.
Quite a season so far for Graeme.
Great performance, but on losing side
Spare a thought for Sri Ramisetti.
The SMRH II player scored a 50 and took a hat trick with the ball in an East Three match with Freuchie, but was still on the losing side on July 13.
In the match SMRH II made 186-7, but the Fifers made it home with two wickets to spare.
East One update
Grange II go into the East One top of the table clash with Carlton II on Saturday, July 27 in first spot after Edinburgh Accies derailed the latter’s unbeaten run recently.
Tamal Banerjee was on form with both bat and ball at Newfield on July 20.
Batting first Accies made 202 all out, Banerjee with 62 batting seven and Harry Paton with 41 batting eight helping their side over the 200 mark after some of their top order batsmen had failed.
Marcus Stewart also scored 50 while Mo Ahmed took 4-35 for Carlton II.
In Carlton II’s reply Banarjee caused all sorts of bother and took four of the top five wickets. Ahmed provided some late resistance with 59 not out, but the next highest score was just 20 and their innings ended on 151-9.
That result allowed Grange II to claim top spot as they defeated Holy Cross by 105-runs at Portgower Place.
Batting first Arun Pillai led the way with 83 and Giles Homes, Tom Sole and Henry Edwards all weighed in with 50s as Grange II made 315-5.
Holy Cross eventually finished on 210-7 in their reply.
Seven days previously on July 13 Carlton II saw off Musselburgh by 56-runs at Grange Loan.
Matt Wells led the way with 79 and Rob Thornton made 37 as the hosts posted 215 batting first.
Musselburgh were then bowled out for 159 with Thornton completing a good day with five wickets.
That day Grange II were involved in a farcical match at Dunfermline.
The Stockbridge men bowled out the hosts, who had only seven players, for 19 and then knocked off the required runs in just over two overs to win by 10 wickets.
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