Week 2 - CSL Round Up
Carlton yesterday produced the standout performance of this fledgling season with a crushing nine-wicket triumph over champions Grange at Portgower Place.
The men from Stockbridge have been widely tipped to retain their crown this term but this match produced compelling evidence that nothing can be taken for granted in the highly competitive Eastern Premier division.
Former Scotland batsman Fraser Watts, who sealed the victory with a superb unbeaten half-century, said: “It was an outstanding performance from the boys and a result which will probably raise a few eyebrows.
“It’s always nice to beat Grange because there is a big rivalry between the clubs and there was an extra incentive today after the things that went on in the winter.”
The close-season activity Watts referred to was the signing by Grange of Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen, and the former Carlton player found himself in the middle almost immediately when the home side, having elected to bat, had Nick Farrar bowled by Ali Evans in the first over.
Mommsen’s stay was to be a short one, lasting long enough to see Ryan Flannigan bowled by Mario Olivier before falling to the same bowler for just 7.
The pattern was already firmly established with the Carlton bowlers firmly on top and making the most of helpful conditions.
Only former Scotland batsman Neil McCallum (17) and home captain Andrew Brock (10) reached double figures while the South African Mario Olivier claimed 5-21 and Evans 2-11.
Hugo Southwell then joined the attack to polish Grange off with 3-21 as the champions crumbled to 74 all out in 23.3 overs.
Watts then made light of the task, racing to 54no from only 36 deliveries with ten boundaries as Carlton reached the target inside twelve overs.
Last year’s runners-up Arbroath were also on the end of a reverse, going down by six wickets to Heriot’s at Goldenacre.
Ryan Brown’s four wickets first helped restrict the Lichties to 135 before Hayes van der Berg 61no to clinch victory.
Elsewhere, Glenrothes must have thought they were on course for a maiden top flight victory when they dismissed Falkland for 96 at Gilvenbank Park.
However, the home batsmen suffered a worse collapse, falling to 63 all out.
There were more runs in the Aberdeen derby where ‘Shire skipper Chris Venske top-scored with 58 in a total of 257 before Harsha Cooray claimed five Stoneywood-Dyce wickets to seal a 108-run success.
Watsonians secured a 19-run win over Forfarshire at Myreside.
MEANWHILE, Ferguslie have emerged as potential challengers for the Western Premier title after a commanding nine-wicket success against Ayr at Meikleriggs.
A run-feast had been anticipated, given the presence of several in-form batsmen on either side but it was the bowlers who were firmly on top as Ferguslie took control.
South African professional Mishkal Ramsaroop and Scotland prospect Hamza Tahir had four wickets each to dismiss Ayr for 82.
Ramsaroop then capped a fine all-round display with four boundaries and an effortless six over deep mid-wicket as Ferguslie cruised to a nine-wicket win.
The west produced a shock to match Carlton’s effort in the capital when Clydesdale slumped to defeat at Dumfries.
That outcome was all the more remarkable as the champions had looked in control after restricting Dumfries to 178 despite Chris Bellwood’s second consecutive half-century.
Clydesdale were still on course for victory on 141-4 with Con de Lange unbeaten on 71.
However, the player-coach watched as wickets fell at the other end and his bold bid to win the game single-handedly ended when he was last man out for 89 with his team eight runs short.
Prestwick bowler Gavin Pitt returned remarkable figures of 4-7 from ten overs to put East Kilbride on the back foot at Torrance House.
EK recovered from 112-9 to reach 179 but Fazal Jawal’s second half-century in a row helped the league’s new boys to their first win – by seven wickets.
Stenhousemuir, though, are still to match Prestwick’s feat after going down to Kelburne at the Tryst.
Ricky Bawa had four wickets and Amir Gul 64 runs as Uddingston won the Lanarkshire derby by 23 runs at Drumpellier.