Gary Heatly’s ESCA column - June
Gary Heatly’s column June 2013
Over the course of the 2013 season I will be writing a twice monthly 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.
Andy sets club record
On June 8 Andy Graham scored 159 not out for Holy Cross III v Glenrothes IV in East Nine - a club record score.
It also meant that after only two centuries in third XI cricket for about 40 years, the Holy Cross III’s had had three in three weeks!
For the record, the Edinburgh club won the match at Gilvenbank Park by 230-runs.
Well done Ali
Perhaps unsurprisingly the first award player of the month award in the East Leagues of the 2013 season went to Ali Shah of Carlton II. Batting through the innings against Watsonians II on the opening day of the season, Ali scored 207 not out from a total of 301-5 in 50 overs.
That knock will take some beating!
Grange II still unbeaten
Those eagle-eyed East League followers amongst you will have noticed that I did not mention Grange II in the unbeaten teams in my last column.
Apologies to the Stockbridge men for that and indeed at time of writing they are still unbeaten in East One.
And indeed one of their players Arun Pillai put in one of the best performances in June with 7-14 from 10 overs against Edinburgh South with his accurate spin.
Edinburgh hit heights
The highlight in all divisions on Saturday in East Two was captain Kashif Hussain’s 150 for Edinburgh in a 300-run thumping of Leith FAB.
It really was a cracking knock by the experienced campaigner and one feels they will take some beating in that division this summer.
Hundreds aplenty for Dunfermline Carnegie
On May 25 David Miller and Martin Honeyford both scored hundreds in the same innings for Dunfermline Carnegie, which the club think is the first time this has been done in the 103 years.
What a great feat by the duo. Miller made 105 not out coming in at number three against Livingston II at Pitreavie Park while Honeyford made 103 not out opening the batting.
In the end the hosts won that East Five context by 182-runs.
East One update
Graeme Beghin and Steve Paige were the main men for Edinburgh South and Watsonians II respectively on June 15 in East One as both teams posted their second league wins.
South African Beghin is now just one run short of 400 for the league campaign after his 73 not out helped his club defeat Edinburgh Accies by seven wickets at Inch Park.
Alasdair Slack took four wickets for Edinburgh South as Accies were bowled out for 112 and then Beghin was the cornerstone of the successful run chase.
Captain Paige took 6-16 as bottom club Dunfermline were put to the sword by Watsonians II at McKane Park.
The Fifers were all out for 49 and Watsonians II won by seven wickets in the end.
Carlton II and Grange II are both still unbeaten at the top of the table.
The Grange Loan side posted 194-9 batting first at home to Murrayfield DAFS, Matt Wells top scoring with 39.
In DAFS reply Mo Ahmed and Gavin Rittoo both took three wickets as the visitors fell 38-runs short.
In Musselburgh, Grange II’s bowlers were on top form to bowl the hosts out for 82. Giles Holmes then hit 32 not out to see his team home by seven wickets.
A superb 114 from Scott Ruthven was the catalyst for St Boswells 81-run win over Holy Cross at Arboretum.
Meanwhile seven days previous, Andrew Millington and Robin Worsnop were the heroes on June 8 as they put together a crucial last wicket partnership to see Holy Cross home in dramatic fashion against Murrayfield DAFS.
At Roseburn Park the hosts had been restricted to 145 all out batting first with Mangesh Akerkar top scoring with 50, Shannon Bonfield with 3-15 for Holy Cross.
In reply for Holy Cross, Charlie Ellis led the way with 66 and Raja Javed made 36. However, with six of the top nine batsmen getting ducks when Ellis was out they were left on 123-9 and still needing 23 to win.
Millington and Worsnop kept their cool though as they won by one wicket.
Beghin did his best to derail Carlton II’s winning run at The Inch, hitting 132 and taking three wickets for Edinburgh South.
Ali Shah’s 89 saw the visitors home though, helping them chase down their victory target of 203 with three wickets remaining.
Grange II were on top form to thump Watsonians II at Myreside, their 273-9 far to good for the hosts who were then skittled out for 56.
Musselburgh got their first win of the campaign, bowling Edinburgh Accies out for 101 before Rizwan Ullah hit 40 not out as they came out on top by seven wickets.
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