ARBROATH remain on course for Eastern Premier glory after an emphatic win over derby rivals Forfarshire at Lochlands yesterday.
Chasing just 125, the home side got there with six wickets to spare, Elton Willemse scoring 67no.
Willemse had earlier been the bowling star with 5-11 as the visitors struggled to compile any meaningful partnerships.
He had good support from Calvin Burnett who chipped-in with three wickets.
Ball also dominated bat as second top Grange’s hopes of maintaining the pressure on the leaders were dashed in an extraordinary clash at Myreside.
The visitors appeared to have put themselves in pole position after dismissing ‘Sonians for 97.
Andrew Brock did most damage with four scalps while former Scotland star John Blain, making a rare start, had three victims including danger-man George Munsey and former national team-mate Dewald Nel whose 18 was ‘Sonians top score.
However, the expected cruise to the target never materialised as Grange soon slumped to 39-7 before a lengthy delay saw them set a revised target of 93 from 24 overs. They fell 28 short as Kiwi Andy McKay claimed four cheap wickets.
It was also low-scoring at Mannofield where Aberdeenshire made just 44 as their mini-revival was brought to an end by Carlton for whom Ruari Macpherson claimed three wickets for just two runs.
Carlton lost three wickets during their chase but Kyle Macpherson steered them to victory with 23no.
Elsewhere Scotland spinner Mark Watt had mixed 21st birthday fortunes, first claiming a five-wicket haul as Heriot’s restricted Glenrothes to 174-9 at Gilvenbank.
But he was then out for a duck as the title challenging Goldenacre side slumped to a potentially damaging defeat, closing on 115-9 before rain closed in.
South African Shaylen Pillay hit form with 123no of SMRH’s 219-7 at Inverleith – enough for victory over Falkland.
Pillay accelerated to score at a run-a-ball with six boundaries and six maximums before Falkland reached 62-3 from 20.2 overs – 22 short of the par score.
WESTERN Premier leaders Prestwick never looked back after making a bright start to their encounter with Poloc at the Henry Thow Oval.
Led by skipper Shahzad Rafiq’s hard-hitting 41, they posted 71-0 from the first ten overs before Fazal Jawad took up the attack with a purposeful 63.
While pegged back a little, the Ayrshire side went on to reach a substantial 245 thanks to a controlled 81 from Sachin Chaudary while Humza Sabri claimed four wickets for the visitors.
Having claimed the initiative with the bat, Prestwick did likewise with the ball courtesy of Gavin Pitt’s two early wickets.
That set the tone for wickets to fall at regular intervals and even a torrential downpour could not save the Shawholm side who were bundled out for just 80 to lose by 160 runs on DLS with Jurie Snyman stranded on 42no.
Champions Clydesdale’s hopes of a successful title defence are over after a rain-hit match at Titwood saw them fall six runs short of a revised target against Uddingston who had battled their way to a creditable 238.
Paul Hoffmann top-scored with 56 while Neil Martin, Ross Lyons and Hari Singh all made useful contributions in the face of some testing bowling, Hamid Mahmood returning 4-48.
Six runs was also the margin in another DLS outcome as Ayr kept their title hopes alive at te expense of Greenock at Cambusdoon.
Matthew Crenshaw upstaged prolific openers Michael Papps and Neil Smith to top-score with 75no as Ayr posted 237-9 before Greenock fell just short despite 55 from teenager Harry Briggs.
Second placed Ferguslie suffered frustration when their trip to East Kilbride was abandoned while only a few overs were possible in the match between Kelburne and Dumfries.