Scotland all-rounder Stuart Chalmers took his second four-wicket haul of the Eastern Premiership cricket season as Watsonians furthered their recovery with a four-wicket win over Heriot’s at Myreside.
In posting back-to-back successes, ‘Sonians defeated their Capital rivals under the Duckworth/Lewis method for adjudicating rain-affected matches.
Batting first, Heriot’s made 168-9 from 44 overs with Craig Adams top scoring on 34 while Chalmers returned 4-47 to add to his 4-29 against Stoneywood Dyce. Even though Mark Watt also claimed four wickets – he now ‘has the best aggregate in the competition of 15 – Heriot’s succumbed when Andy Learmonth led the charge to a winning total of 161-6 by knocking up a half-century when opening the innings. The winning runs for ‘Sonians came when Dewald Nel cleared the boundary rope.
In the top of the table clash at Raeburn Place leaders Arbroath consolidated their position with a convincing victory over Barclays Grange. Chasing 243-3, Grange managed only 169 all out.
Neil McCallum made 32 while Gregor Maiden was on 34 at the end but the Lichties had been given too much rein by the home attack. Grange drop to third as the league takes a break for three weeks for Scottish Cup ties and main challengers are now Carlton.
The Grange Loan club went to Stoneywood Dyce and held their nerve for a six-run victory.
Former Saltires captain Gordon Drummond made 65 and international successor Preston Mommsen 24. Another hero emerged in teenage spinner Chayank Gosain, however, who was in the attack during the closing stages.
Gosain proved his reliability once again under pressure by taking 3-43 to contain the home batsmen along with Mo Ahmed. Ali Shah chipped in with 3-26.
No team appears in greater need of the break than SMRH.
Firmly anchored to the foot, SMRH’s total of 98 chasing Aberdeenshire’s 243-3 at Mannofield was the lowest so far in this competition.