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May 22, 2023 1 year

May 20 and 21 marked week four of men’s domestic action for the summer and Forfarshire, Heriot’s, Carlton, Tunnock’s Uddingston and Arbroath United certainly enjoyed themselves, winning league matches on Saturday and then Scottish Cup round two matches on Sunday.

On Saturday in the Eastern Premier League, a brilliant 139 off 102 balls from Scotland contracted player Michael Leask helped fire Forfarshire to a 137 run win over Stewart’s Melville at Inverleith.

Leask’s century was backed up by 54 from Rory Johnston as the visitors made 333-7 up first. Shaylen Pillay made 62 for the home side in reply, but five Forfarshire bowlers took wickets and Scott Cameron, the skipper, took four of them as the Edinburgh side were 196 all out.

On Sunday at home at Forthill, it was Bryce Allchin leading the way for Forfarshire as his five scalps helped bowl Watsonians out for 157 despite a battling 59 not out from Andrew Chalmers.

Johnston (60) and 46 not out from Craig Wallace then saw Cup holders Forfarshire home by five wickets.

Heriot’s captain Lloyd Brown made 136 not out and Hayes van der Berg 71 as they posted 300-6 up first versus Falkland on Eastern Premier League duty on Saturday.

Seamer Adrian Neill, last week named in the Scotland squad heading to Zimbabwe, then took four wickets at Goldenacre as the defending champions bowled Falkland out for 198 to win.

On Sunday in the Cup at the same venue, James Dickinson took four wickets and then scored 29 as Heriot’s eased past Kilmarnock by nine wickets. Ryan Brown made an unbeaten 50 to see his side home.

The third Eastern Premier League outfit to do a weekend double was Carlton.

Things were not going their way when they were bowled out for just 97 in the league at Stoneywood Dyce on Saturday, as David Kidd was the main man for the hosts with 5-35.

However, Scotland contracted player Ally Evans took a hat-trick in the second innings and Rudy Adair finished things off with two wickets in two balls as Carlton restricted Stoneywood Dyce to 79. Evans finished with 4-14.

On Sunday back at home at Grange Loan in the Cup, Carlton posted 158 all out batting first versus Falkland.

Rory Allardice and skipper Arun Pillai then took four wickets apiece to bowl the visitors out for 111 and progress to the last eight.

Western Premiership One side Uddingston were the fourth team to make it two from two.

At Your Move Dumfries in the league on Saturday, Thomas Willmott took the excellent figures of 7-28 in seven overs as the hosts were bowled out for just 57.

Muhammad Awais then made 33 not out as Uddingston won by nine wickets.

Back at home on Sunday in the Cup, Hunnain Sohail took 3-17 and other bowlers chipped in as Stewart’s Melville were dismissed for 118.

Awais’ 68 then helped them home by five wickets in reply.

Finally, SPCU North East Championship side Arbroath United were victorious on both Saturday and Sunday.

In the league they were on the road to Falkland II and bowled out their hosts for 88.

Pranav Saravanan took five wickets and Keegan Crawford four there and then Ross McLean’s 36 led the way as they got over the line safely by nine wickets.

At home on Sunday against RH Corstorphine they posted 191-9 batting first and then bowled the visitors from Edinburgh out for just 43, Crawford making it an amazing 12 wickets over the weekend with 8-20 from nine overs.

In terms of other league results on Saturday, Gen!us Grange are top of the Eastern Premier League after a nine wicket win over Watsonians at Portgower Place, as 140 all out played 141-1.

Angus Brown took 6-26 and then scored 48 while Ryan Flannigan made 78 not out.

RH Corstorphine won comfortably at Meigle with 283-4 playing 131 all out. Scotland contracted player Brandon McMullen made 111 not out and then Calum Clarkson took 4-22.

Elsewhere in Western Premiership One, Ayr are top after a home win over SM Cricket Stirling County.

Captain Michael English made 92, Jan Frylinck 77 not out and Neil Flack 65 as Ayr posted 267-4 batting first. They then restricted County to 185-9 in the second innings.

Stenhousemuir are second after they won at M8 Driving Ferguslie when 158 all out played 126 all out.

Zander Smith made 62 for Stenhousemuir at Meikleriggs and then took three wickets while Tippu Sultan took four wickets.

Greenock secured their first league win of the season at McCrea FS West of Scotland as 149 all out played 150-6.

Five bowlers took scalps for Greenock in the four wicket victory and Rahul Dalal then played one of the innings of the month with 105 not out off just 70 balls to guide them home.

And Prestwick defeated Clydesdale as 148 all out played 149-3.

Ronan Alexander took 3-36 with the ball and then Euan McBeth made 46 not out to give Prestwick a seven wicket triumph.

In the SPCU North East Championship, Aberdeenshire are top after a four wicket home win over Kinloch.

Findlay Anderson and David Gamblen both took three wickets apiece and John Dickinson made 43 not out as 131 all out played 132-6.

Huntly have won three won three from three completed league games after a two wicket win at Strathmore where 118 all out played 121-8.

Forfarshire II defeated Perth Doo’cot and Freuchie came out on top at Gordonians.

Apart from the earlier mentioned five winners in the Cup, Clydesdale and Ferguslie also progressed on Sunday.

Clydesdale defeated Meigle, the latter batting first at Titwood and Tiaan Brits hitting a superb 171 not out off 135 balls to help them make 244-9.

An excellent 98 not out from Scotland skipper Richie Berrington managed to get Clydesdale over the line by four wickets.

Bahadar Esakhiel led the way with 63 as Ferguslie posted 235 all out first up versus Ayr.

Taimoor Ahamad and Qasim Khan then took three wickets apiece as Ayr were all out for 198.

Aberdeenshire and Grange will try again this coming Sunday.

Sunday also saw week two of Women’s Premier League take place.

Carlton and RH Corstorphine both made it two wins from two with triumphs over Grange and Stewart’s Melville respectively.

In a high scorer at Portgower Place, international cap Samantha Haggo made 88 not out and Scotland contracted player Priyanaz Chatterji 92 off just 52 balls as Carlton posted 270-5.

Another contracted player, Lorna Jack, then made 88 in reply, but Grange could only reach 189-5.

RH Corstorphine battled hard to defend 138-9 at Inverleith, restricting the home side to 117 all out.

Northern Lights and West of Scotland won, too.

At Myreside, Northern Lights posted 210-7 up first with contracted player Megan McColl making 62 and Zoe Bailey 45 not out.

Emily Henderson took four scalps and Abbie-Ellie Hogg three wickets as Watsonians were 91 all out.

West made an excellent 262-3 batting first at Nunholm versus Dumfries/Galloway, Maryam Faisal making 122 off 82 balls and Nayma Sheikh 76.

Seven bowlers then chipped in to help bowl Dumfries/Galloway out for 121.

The Forfarshire-Watsonians men’s Cup match is pictured from Forfarshire’s Twitter feed

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