Carlton on top after taking out dangermen

George Munsey made 46 for Grange against Heriot's. Picture: Neil Hanna

George Munsey made 46 for Grange against Heriot's. Picture: Neil Hanna

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Carlton skipper Gordon Drummond hailed the way his side’s bowlers dealt with the threat posed by Autoecosse Forfarshire’s dangerous top four batsmen as they set-up the Capital side for a comfortable win in the CSL Eastern Premiership.

The eight-wicket victory at Grange Loan kept Carlton unbeaten and they are top of the table.

The last time Forfarshire had been in the Capital in week one of the campaign at the end of April they had thumped Heriot’s with their skipper Craig Wallace leading the way with a big hundred.

With Matt Parker and Wallace opening the batting for Forfarshire and then pro Graeme Beghin and Scotland all-rounder Michael Leask coming in next the way the quartet got on was always going to play a big part in the overall match result.

Parker and Wallace both started well, but Tom Freshwater bowled the latter with a beauty for 25. Omar Ahmad then got the scalps of Beghin and Parker and when Leask fell to Freshwater the visitors were in a bit of trouble at 70-4.

Drummond, who was playing, but was not bowling as he continues to manage a calf niggle, said: “Those four like to hit the ball hard and try and get their team off to a flying start.

“Wallace in particular has been really playing well in recent weeks and we knew we would have to bowl well, keep things tight and keep them under pressure so that they didn’t get away from us.

“Tom Freshwater managed to get Wallace out and the rest of the bowlers took heart from that. Once the four of the guys we had targeted were out I was really happy with the way we kept the pressure on and I am pleased with my bowling options at the moment.

“Young Cheeky [Chayank Gosain] managed to get a few wickets too and he has worked hard at his game and that will boost his confidence.”

Indeed, spinner Gosain took 5-16 and it will be interesting to see how he kicks on from here.

Forfarshire were 160 all out and in response Carlton reached their victory target comfortably, Fraser Watts leading the way with 59 and Preston Mommsen making 48 not out.

Former Scotland captain Drummond also helped himself to 25 not out and he concluded: “This was a good all-round performance and I am happy with the way the summer is going so far.”

Mazars Grange have won four out of four after they defeated Heriot’s at Goldenacre.

In a match reduced to 46 overs each, George Munsey made 46 and captain Andrew Brock made 32 as Grange made 166-9 batting first, Josh McLean taking two wickets on his Heriot’s debut.

Pete Ross made 57, but no other Heriot’s batsman made more than 13 as the home side were all out for just 119 in reply.

RH Corstorphine lost by 40 runs at Falkland.

Watsonians are still bottom after they lost at Arbroath despite a first 50 of the season for Andrew Chalmers.

In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship, Edinburgh won a low scoring match with Stuart&Stuart Penicuik.

The Midlothian men were bowled out for just 75 at Campbell Park before Edinburgh made their victory target with just two wickets to spare.

SMRH are still unbeaten, a brilliant 101 not out by captain Brad Moses seeing them beat Freuchie.

Kyle Macpherson made 43 in Carlton II’s 40-run win over Murrayfield DAFS while Mazars Grange II saw off Marchmont and Holy Cross lost out by 64-runs to Glenrothes.