Gary Heatly’s East column
Over the course of the 2013 season I have been writing a column for the Cricket Scotland website on all the goings on in the East Leagues.
Here is the final instalment!
Well done Grange II
Grange II were crowned East One champions at the weekend despite losing their final league match of the campaign on August 17.
The Stockbridge side went down to Watsonians II at Fettes, but because nearest rivals Carlton II were also losing, to Edinburgh South, Simon Taylor’s side picked up the silverware with one round of fixtures to go.
It has been a fascinating tussle between them and Carlton II all summer, by far and away the two best teams in the division.
Grange II have been well served with the bat by the likes of Giles Holmes, Arun Pillai and Tom Sole while Pillai has also taken over 20 wickets with the ball and would have been player of the year in the East if Edinburgh South’s run machine Graeme Beghin had not been around.
On Saturday Grange II posted 161-9 batting first, Taylor top scoring with 37, but Watsonians II boosted their own chances of survival with a battling run chase.
Teenager Chris Cash led the way with 57 not out and Mark Yellowlees weighed in with 52 as they won by three wickets.
At Grange Loan Carlton II were bowled out for just 94 by Edinburgh South before Beghin’s 75 not out saw the visitors home with ease.
On the final weekend on August 24 Grange II made sure they would finish with 16 wins from 17 completed matches when they defeated Musselburgh.
Great season for Gala, Selkirk and Hawick & Wilton
The weekend of August 24 and 25 was a fruitful one for Gala, Selkirk and Hawick & Wilton with four trophies heading to the Borders.
On the Saturday Gala clinched the East Two title with victory over West Lothian in a low scoring affair, 56 not out playing 57-5.
And 24-hours later the team showed no ill-effects of their celebrations in Musselburgh as they retained the President's Trophy, beating Murrayfield DAFS by one run.
Gala recovered after losing early wickets thanks to a partnership between Graeme Ormiston and Kris Mein.
Chasing 163 a fine all round performance by Sam Fergusson put DAFS on track, but fortunes then fluctuated and Gala eventually came through after a thrilling finale.
Also on the 25th Hawick & Wilton won the President’s Plate in Broomhall in Fife. They defeated Edinburgh-based social team the Woodcutters and it was a great afternoon of cricket.
On the 24th Selkirk’s home win over Dunfermline Carnegie saw them beat the Fifers to the East Five trophy.
Other league winners
East Three: SMRH II
East Four: Falkland II
East Six: Glenrothes II
East Seven: Tranent
East Eight: Kirk Brae II
East Nine: Holy Cross III
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the representatives from all the East League clubs who have contributed to this column over the summer. See you all in 2014!
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