Eastern Premier Review: Week One

Cricket Scotland Media review the first week of the Eastern Premier League, which featured a quick-fire 124 from Michael Leask to make it clear to the hosts, Grange, that their title defence will be no cakewalk.

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April 30, 2019 5 years

Michael Leask believes the swashbuckling century that paved the way for Forfarshire’s trumph over champions Grange was his best and most important innings for the club.

The Scotland star whacked a brilliant quick-fire 124 at Raeburn Place to make it clear to the hosts that their title defence will be no cakewalk.

Leask, warming up for the forthcoming internationals against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan at the same venue, struck four sixes and 13 fours during a spectacular 78-ball stay at the crease.

Afterwards, he reflected: “I would say it was definitely my top innings for the club.

“It felt good to get the league campaign off to such an amazing start against the holders.”

Having been released by Somerset, Leask’s focus is on the Broughty Ferry outfit.

He added: “I am very much concentrating on coaching and playing for Forfarshire.”

Leask’s heroics spurred Shire on to 331 all out and when the weather halted play, Grange had been curbed to 150 for three – 22 runs adrift of the required pace.

Tom Mackintosh was left high and dry on 75 not out.

Proud RH Corstorphine skipper Majid Haq hailed the all round skills of Elliot Foster in the wake of their emphatic away-day triumph over Arbroath.

Scotland legend Haq admitted he couldn’t have dreamt of a brighter start to the league campaign – picking out the young wicket-keeping batsman for special mention.

Foster hit an unbeaten 82 as the capital side cruised to the 135 target with only one wicket down.

And the captain stated: “He is one of the most accomplished high-order gloveman I have played alongside.

“What makes his amazing is that he spent two weeks in intensive care and a whole season on the sidelines with a ruptured kidney.

“It says so much about him that he has come back as strongly as he has.”

Haq went on: “At Lochlands, he started off by taking a remarkable running catch to get rid of their best bat, Marc Petrie, for only four.

“After claiming two more victims, he figured in a tremendous stand with pro Mohammad Saad (44 not out).”

Heriot’s skipper Keith Morton was quick to confess that their rain-affected success against Watsonians was “hard to explain.”

He said: “For 90 per cent of the match we were second best.

“But the fact that we managed to dig ourselves out of several sticky situations gave us the belief that we could somehow salvage something and we managed to just get over the line.”

Morton and Co made 144 all out at Goldenacre before restricting Watsonians to 72 for five – 11 too few at that stage.

The elements also played a part in Carlton’s defeat to newly promoted Stoneywood-Dyce by the same margin at Grange Loan.

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