Ryan Flannigan and Tom Sole were the star cricketers for Mazars Grange on Saturday as they got their CSL Eastern Premiership campaign off to a flying start with a win over Capital rivals Watsonians.
With heavy overnight rain soaking the outfield at Portgower Place the start of the derby was delayed until around 2pm and the match was reduced to 36 overs per side.
The hosts won the toss and decided to bat first with George Munsey and Tom Foulds opening. Foulds made ten before he was first to go, caught behind off the bowling of Dewald Nel. At that stage Grange were 29-1 and the Watsonians bowlers continued to make good inroads and reduced the home side to 94-5. Vice-captain Flannigan, a former Watsonians player, and Scotland man Gordon Goudie, then put together a partnership of 62. Goudie was eventually out for 37 but Flannigan, who made 82 before teenager Ally Sadler go his wicket, and Arun Pillai (16 not out) helped the home side pass 200. They finished on 212-7, Nel the pick of the bowlers with 2-45.
In their reply Watsonians never quite got up with the required run rate and when Brendan O’Connell fell for 13 to teenager Sole it sparked a collapse from 93-3 to 138 all out.
Sole, the son of former Scotland rugby captain David, ended up with 5-15 from six overs.
Captain Andrew Brock took 3-43 while his opposite number Ewan Chalmers top scored with 44 for the visitors as Grange won by 74 runs.
Of the other Capital sides in the top flight Carlton also got off to a winning start, but Heriot’s and RH Corstorphine lost.
Hamish Gardiner was the main man for Carlton as they won at Arbroath by seven wickets. He scored 98 not out, adding to his two centuries for Scotland A last week. Arbroath had made 214-9, but Gardiner’s runs, 44 from captain Preston Mommsen and 38 from Ali Evans saw Carlton home.
A brilliant 162 not out from Craig Wallace for Autoecosse Forfarshire at Goldenacre made it a tough day for Heriot’s.
It was not a happy ending for Cameron Leeder in his last match for RH Corstorphine, the Australian making a duck as the visitors made 187-9 from 45 overs at Stoneywood-Dyce. The hosts reached their victory target with seven wickets in hand.
Aberdeenshire beat Falkland by 142 runs.
Meanwhile, Mazars Grange II captain Stuart Davidson hit 60 not out as they won at Carlton II in the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship. Other highlights of week one in the second tier included Greg Ruthven scored 76 as SMRH defeated Edinburgh by 59 runs.