Battling win ‘sign of Mazars Grange title desire’

Raj Routray of Grange gets his shot away despite the efforts of Andy Hislop and Andrew Chalmers of Watsonians. Picture: Neil Hanna
Raj Routray of Grange gets his shot away despite the efforts of Andy Hislop and Andrew Chalmers of Watsonians. Picture: Neil Hanna
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Mazars Grange bowler Raj Routray believes that the way his side dug themselves out of trouble on Saturday to defeat Watsonians and stay top of the CSL Eastern Premiership table shows how determined they are to lift the trophy come late August.

With Fraser Sands putting in his best bowling performance for the home side at Myreside and being well supported by Dewald Nel they had Grange in a bit of bother in the early part of the afternoon.

After 22 overs Grange were 87-7, but they managed to edge their way up to 130 all out thanks to some runs down the order from young wicketkeeper Kyle Pyne-James and John Blain.

Watsonians, for whom Sands finished with figures of 6-43, were pleased to have restricted their Capital rivals to quite a low total, but later in the day they would be left to rue the fact that they gave away 31 extras.

In their reply Watsonians fell to 36-3 before tea and after the interval things did not get any better.

From the pavilion end of the ground former Scotland seamer Blain was almost unplayable and he was well backed up by young spinner Tom Sole.

Blain took eight wickets in the end for just 32 runs as the hosts fell to 74 all out, only skipper Ewan Chalmers showing any resistance with the bat and a number of batsmen will have been disappointed with the various ways they got out.

Routray, the former Watsonians bowler now in his fourth season at Grange, said: “That was a really tough match, but after last week’s loss to Falkland a fighting performance was just what we needed.

“We knew that it was quite a tricky wicket and to be fair to the Watsonians bowlers they bowled some pretty good stuff. We thought that perhaps 160 or 170 would have been a good total, but given the problems we were facing 130 at least gave us something to bowl at.

“In the Watsonians innings, Blainy ran in with the ball and produced one of the best spells of bowling I have seen for a while. We knew they had dangerous batsmen like the Chalmers brothers, but once we got on top we really managed to take control and see things home.

“This season so far has been great for us. It was a tough week last week after losing to Falkland, but the way the guys responded was top class and now we can kick on in the coming weeks.”

Carlton have slipped to third after a batting collapse at Grange Loan against title chasers Arbroath. Arbroath slipped to 85-7 batting first, but 66 apiece from skipper Marc Petrie and Bryce Carnegie saw them post 222-9. Forty runs from Hamish Gardiner gave Carlton’s reply a good start before wickets tumbled and they were 123 all out.

Pete Ross’s 82 not out was not enough to see Heriot’s win at Autoecosse Forfarshire, the hosts prevailing by five wickets.

And the elusive first win of the summer still eludes RH Corstorphine.

Jake Marnie again led the way with the bat with 42 as they made 179-9 at home against Stoneywood-Dyce, but the visitors won by four wickets.

In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship there was a dramatic ending at Inverleith as SMRH and Edinburgh tied, both teams scoring 151.

A superb unbeaten 72 from Tom Foulds helped Mazars Grange II defeat Carlton II while Mangesh Akerkar made 69 as Murrrayfield DAFS defeated Marchmont.

Holy Cross beat Freuchie in a low-scoring encounter by 19 runs and Stuart&Stuart Penicuik lost out at leaders Glenrothes.