Cricket: Grange living the Brock n’ Sole life

Andrew Brock is congratulated by his Grange team-mates after taking a wicket. Pic: Toby Williams

Andrew Brock is congratulated by his Grange team-mates after taking a wicket. Pic: Toby Williams

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Wicketkeeper Simon Smith hailed the Mazars Grange bowlers after their great efforts with the ball helped them on their way to victory over Stoneywood-Dyce in the CSL Eastern Premier Division on Saturday.

The Edinburgh side had lost their opening match away to Arbroath and went into this home clash in Stockbridge looking to get up and running in the ten-team league.

Bowling first, they had the visitors from the north under pressure from ball one.

Scotland under-19 cap Chris Sole, who had not bowled at Arbroath due to a back injury, opened the bowling, albeit not off his full run-up.

He still managed to generate enough pace off a few steps to trouble the visiting batsmen and he took 4-12 off eight overs, including four maidens.

Raj Routray, his opening partner and fellow seamer, took two wickets while spinner Andrew Brock took four wickets and although Gregor Maiden did not take any wickets, he too caused problems. The quartet’s accuracy bowled Stoneywood-Dyce out for just 82.

In reply, Grange struggled to 52-7 before 23 not out by Smith and nine not out from Sole eventually saw them home by three wickets.

Smith said: “When we lost Henry Philip midweek through injury we thought that our seam bowling options may be a bit light. However, it was a bonus that Chris could bowl and he and Raj really put the opposition under pressure from early on.

“Gregor and Andrew didn’t give them many scoring chances either and it was a good all-round bowling and fielding performance. I think that performance with the ball sets us up well for the rest of the season because there are still a number of other bowlers we can utilise, while it is pleasing to see Chris getting back to full fitness and Raj is always very consistent.

“Like our bowlers, the Stoneywood-Dyce guys also made the most of conditions while we perhaps didn’t help ourselves with two run outs.

“When I was batting with Chris we knew we still needed a few runs, but we had plenty of time and we just took our time and got us over the line. It has been an interesting first couple of weeks in the division and I am sure over the next few weeks there will be some other interesting results.”

Smith, who is part of the Scotland coaching set-up, will now turn his attention to the Scotland-England ODI in Aberdeen on Friday. He said: “I am loving being involved with the national team and Friday should be really exciting. Grange then have a derby against Watsonians on Saturday so it is a busy week, but one I am looking forward to.”

Heriot’s are still unbeaten after they went to Aberdeenshire and won by four-runs.

Batting first, Steve Knox top-scored with 39 as Heriot’s made 174-6 before, in reply, Aberdeenshire looked to be on course for a win.

The Heriot’s bowlers kept things tight though and the hosts ended on 170-9.

Carlton, for whom Preston Mommsen scored 50, beat SMRH by ten runs at Grange Loan while Dewald Nel scored 72 and captain Ewan Chalmers took five wickets, but Watsonians lost out at Autoecosse Forfarshire by three wickets.

Holy Cross, Murrayfield DAFS and RH Corstorphine have all won two from two in the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship. Raja Javed was the star for Holy Cross, taking 3-14 and then hitting 82 not out as they beat Edinburgh South by six wickets.

Asif Mohammed scored 35 and then took 2-19 off ten overs to lead Murrayfield DAFS to a 31-run victory over Stuart&Stuart Penicuik.

Young Australian Mackenzie Barclay took 5-4 for RH Corstorphine to help them to win by 69 runs against Mazars Grange II.

Rory Allardice took five wickets, but Carlton II lost heavily at Freuchie and West Lothian were defeated at Glenrothes quite convincingly in Fife.