Domestic Review – Week 6

Cricket Media review week 6 of the action in the Eastern and Western Premier divisions

Lizzie Sleet @CricketScotland
June 4, 2018 6 years

Grange, the Eastern Premier leaders, maintained their winning start to the campaign with a DLS win over Corstorphine at Barnton.

Chasing 252 after a solid batting display from the top-flight newcomers, the league leaders had reached 129-2 – 18 runs ahead of the par score – when play was called off in the 30th over.

They had been in a bit of bother following the loss of two early wickets but Preston Mommsen (49no) and Dylan Budge (48no), who could both feature against England next Sunday, edged them ahead before the rain arrived.

After electing to bat Corstorphine’s Sam Flett featured in two half-century stands to provide the hosts with a platform.

The young Eastern Knights batsman played second fiddle as first Elliot Foster made an attractive 37 including seven boundaries before former Pakistan international Hammad Azam struck four boundaries and a maximum in his run-a-ball 34 before being caught by Budge off Leicestershire youngster James Dickinson.

Flett, though, continued to make steady progress and looked set for a memorable century before being run out just five runs short.

He faced 121 balls and stroked ten boundaries while a breezy 18-ball 27no by skipper Joe Kinghorn-Gray helped propel Corstorphine to 251-7.

Elsewhere, Forfarshire surged to an easy 230-run in the north-east derby against Aberdeenshire at Forthill.

Chris Greaves plundered 93 from just 75 balls while there were also half-centuries for Rory Johnston and Scott Cameron in a total of 321-5.

The ever-improving Cameron then struck three early blows from which the visitors never recovered, Liam Sweeney ultimately finishing Forfarshire’s most successful bowler with 4-32.

Stewarts Melville won the capital derby at Carlton to claim their first success of the campaign but Glenrothes failed to break their duck, falling just short in an exciting run-chase against champions Heriot’s at Gilvenbank.

Watsonians’ clash with Arbroath at Myreside was abandoned just two balls short of a contest with the visitors on 79-2 replying to 228 all out.

WESTERN Premier leaders Ferguslie were frustrated by rain as their clash with Dumfries at Nunholm was abandoned sixteen overs into the second innings.

Having restricted Dumfries to 217-8, despite a brilliant 109 from Jesse Smit, the Paisley side had reached 73-1 and appeared to be on course for a sixth straight win when the umpires took the players off. A further four overs needed to be bowled to constitute a match.

Meanwhile Poloc secured their first win since the opening day of the season when they proved too strong for Stirling at Shawholm.

Chasing 283 for victory, the visitors were unable to forge any meaningful partnership as the Poloc bowlers dominated.

New Zealander Brandon McMullan was the only batsman to offer sustained resistance with a battling 51 but Ahmed-Raza Hanif and Ihtesham ul Haq claimed three wickets apiece as Stirling were bundled out for 153.

Earlier Poloc recovered from 63-3 to reach 282-4 thanks to a superb fourth wicket stand between South African pair Jurie Snyman and Coenie Nel.

They added 195 with Snyman going on to finish unbeaten on 148 from 130 deliveries, having hit sixteen boundaries and five maximums.

Nel, meanwhile, looked set for his second century of the campaign only to hole-out for 84 off Tom Bradburn.

Champions Prestwick stepped-up their title defence with a four-wicket derby win over Ayr in a low-scoring affair at Cambusdoon.

Greenock notched their first win of the campaign in a rain-affected clash with Uddingston at Glenpark where they were just one run ahead of the par score while DLS also played a part at Hamilton Crescent where Clydesdale won a last-ball thriller against West of Scotland.

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