Week 5 - Domestic Round Up
Cricket Media round up an exciting weekend of cricket from the Eastern and Western Premier Divisions.
Watsonians maintained pole position in the Eastern Premier after a remarkable victory over capital rivals Heriot’s at Myreside.
On a day when runs flowed elsewhere, Sonians routed the Goldenacre men for just 83 as Ali Sadler claimed four wickets while Mark Watt made the only meaningful contribution for the visitors with 26.
However, Sadler’s haul was eclipsed by Adrian Neill who claimed seven wickets as Watsonians survived a huge scare to stagger over the winning line, Henk Conradie’s 30 proving crucial.
Neill’s heroics came almost exactly a year after he claimed all ten Watsonians wickets while playing for Aberdeenshire.
In contrast, runs were plentiful at People’s Park where Grange star Gordon Goudie blasted an astonishing century against his old Stoneywood-Dyce team-mates.
The Aberdonians appeared to have put a competitive total on the board in reaching 215-9 but Goudie had other ideas, launching a ferocious attack to hit 132 from only 71 deliveries while Nick Farrar made 58no from 43 balls as Grange won by eight wickets in just 19.5 overs.
However, Goudie’s effort was not the top score of the day – that honour going to Graeme Beghin whose superb 135no helped Forfarshire win the Angus derby against Arbroath at Lochlands.
Fraser Watts top-scored with 81 as Carlton maintained their challenge with victory over Falkland for whom Scotland star Safyaan Sharif’s 92 was in vain.
Aberdeenshire needed a fine 75no from professional Harsha Cooray to get the better of Glenrothes by four wickets at Mannofield, the Fifers having earlier posted 187 in their pursuit of a first top flight win.
WESTERN Premier champions Clydesdale demonstrated their powers of recovery for the second time this season with a nine-wicket win over Ayr at Titwood yesterday.
Having bounced back from defeat at Dumfries to beat Drumpellier a fortnight ago, Dale again recaptured form following last week’s reverse at Ferguslie.
They were in charge early when Basit Ali removed the prolific Michael Papps and Neil Smith to reduce Ayr to 28-2.
Despite some resistance from Matthew McClymont and Matt Crawshaw, wickets continued to clatter and Ayr were dismissed for 94 – the third time this season they have failed to reach three figures – as Ali claimed 3-24 while Abdul Sabri and skipper Majid Haq had two apiece.
Dale lost Mo Awais early in their reply, caught behind off Scott McElnea, while Con de Lange was dropped at slip before going on to spearhead the run chase.
De Lange hit the next two deliveries to the long-on boundary and helped himself to a further six fours on his way to 40no.
Carl Huyser had five boundaries in his 33no as Dale sealed victory in the eleventh over.
Elsewhere, leaders Ferguslie maintained their 100% record but had to dig deep before Dave Stafford’s 49no clinched a five-wicket success at Prestwick.
Kelburne remain in touch at the top after a 37-run win over Drumpellier at Whitehaugh while Uddingston enjoyed a six-wicket win over Stehousemuir and East Kilbride secured a thrilling one-wicket win over Dumfries.