Lightning struck twice at a Goldenacre cricket match this season when, on Saturday, two centuries were compiled in a Heriot’s innings.
Just as when SMRH were repelled in the league back in May by tons from Adam Lockhart-Krause and Steve Knox, so the former’s latest knock of 108 not out combined with David Ross’ 106 effectively killed off the Scottish Cup sectional challenge of a stuffy Falkland side.
They say the key to success lies in building partnerships and victorious captain Knox confirmed there were plenty of players able to get their eye in as a winning total of 296-6 was constructed. A par score on our current wicket would have been around 250 but hitting 58 from the last five overs, partly due to Cammy Farrell’s rapid 20 not out and Adam making his century off just 90 balls, put us in a strong position” said Knox.
After winning the toss, Knox (45) and Ross shared an opening stand of 103 which was followed by another stand of 115 while Farrell and Lockhart-Krause put on 78.
“Both our century makers gave a single chance each but it was still beautiful batting and we are hopeful of next weekend being able to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament with a week to spare,” added Knox, who skippered Heriot’s to the trophy last year.
Credit to Division One Falkland, resplendent in blue and yellow kit, for making a fight of it in reaching 230-8 before going down by 59 runs.
For the fourth-successive week, teenage spinner Mark Watt claimed three wickets or better but Heriot’s were still made to work by Jordan Henderson (60 from 57 balls), Alex Bychkov (43) and Nick Lockyer (64) without Falkland ever being up with the clock.
There was, though, a wicket for seamer Duncan Hamilton, who had come into the side late on when former Scotland bowler Craig MacKellar signalled his intention to transfer to SMRH while Keith Morton’s 1-38 off nine overs was particularly impressive as his stint coincided with the power play.
Heriot’s now await second-placed Ferguslie on Saturday.
Watsonians kept their slim qualifying hopes alive with a six-wicket win over Freuchie at Pleasure Park.
Another devastating spell of bowling by the in-form Stuart Chalmers yielded five wickets and restricted the hosts to a modest 181.
Chalmers now has 13 victims from his last three outings.
In reply, Watsonians set about their task with purpose to wrap up the win with more than ten overs to spare.
Stuart Chalmers opened and made 42 while Chris Cash and Andy Hislop were unbeaten at the end on 40 and 43 respectively.
Sonians now await Weirs hoping that group leaders Drumpellier slip up.
There are no such worries for Barclays Grange whose fate is firmly in their own hands after travelling to Dundee High and routing the hosts for 109 thanks to accurate bowling from Andrew Brock (2-11) and Duncan Player (2-18) on a day when front liners Gordon Goudie, Ryan Flannigan, Simon Smith and Josh Edwards were all missing.
Iain Worth top scored with 43 while Leeds University student Zander Muir made 35 as Grange reached their target in only 22 overs.
Despite going down at home to West Lothian, the door is still ajar for SMRH after East Kilbride defeated Clydesdale.
SMRH restricted West Lothian to 222-9 but only Cedric English (35) came to terms with the bowing attack and the Capital side finished 23 runs adrift.
Nothing less than wins over East Kilbride (home) and Clydesdale (away) will be required for SMRH to progress.
One of the surprise results of the competition came when RH Corstorphine yesterday defeated Carlton by 34 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method for calculating rain affected games.
Pro Ruben Hattingh hit 100 not out off 87 balls for the winners who reached 239-7 with extras contributing handsomely.
Run-outs undermined Carlton who finished on 176 in a match played at Inverleith due to drainage work at Barnton.