Hayes harvests the runs as Heriot’s do the groundwork

Peter Ross sweeps for runs on his way to a crucial 39 as he helped Hayes van der Berg move towards his century. Picture: Neil Hanna
Peter Ross sweeps for runs on his way to a crucial 39 as he helped Hayes van der Berg move towards his century. Picture: Neil Hanna
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Heriot’s batsman Peter Ross has praised the century by Hayes van der Berg and the way the team’s bowlers worked together to help them defeat Falkland in the CSL Eastern Premiership on Saturday.

With heavy rain throughout the country on Friday the top-flight matches at Mazars Grange, Glenrothes, Stoneywood-Dyce and Aberdeenshire were called off on Saturday morning.

That meant that Capital clubs Grange, Watsonians and Carlton were inactive, but some great work by the ground staff at Goldenacre ensured there was a chance of the Heriot’s-Falkland clash going ahead.

The match did get underway around 2.30pm and was reduced to 33 overs a side.

Heriot’s were put in by Falkland with the former looking to build on the previous week’s win at Forfarshire. Heriot’s lost Kevin McLaren early for two but Tom Dryden and Van der Berg put on 75 for the second wicket.

Wicketkeeper Dryden was out for 28, but South African Van der Berg continued on his way alongside Ross.

Ross, who also acts as the club’s coach, harvested 39 runs before he was caught off the bowling of Brock Ditchmen.

The 99-run partnership had been crucial and Van der Berg went on to make 101 to hoist his side up to 197-5 from their innings.

Van der Berg is now third in the Premiership top runs scorers’ table for 2016 with 364 and he will be looking to kick on in the second half of the campaign.

Further rain reduced Falkland’s target to 145 under the Duckworth/Lewis method. Adrian Neill helped Heriot’s get off to the perfect start, removing both opening batsmen for ducks.

That put the visitors up against it from the outset and although Grant Doig batted well for 67 no other batsman scored more than 14 and the Heriot’s attack never gave them a chance.

Neill, who now has 20 league wickets for the summer, took 3-28 while spinner Ryan Brown returned figures of 4-33 to give him 17 scalps in the Premiership for 2016.

Captain Keith Morton also took two wickets as Falkland’s 110 all out gave Heriot’s a 35-run win.

It leaves Heriot’s fifth in the table at the halfway stage and Ross said: “Credit to the ground staff who put in a lot of work to get water off the square and get the match playable.

“It was always going to be a tricky batting wicket, but Hayes has been growing in confidence in recent weeks and he batted really well. The way he was batting also allowed others to chip in around him and we felt that getting up to 197 was a good score.

“In terms of the bowling, Adrian and Ryan may have taken the majority of the wickets, but I must say well done to all of the bowlers used.

“I think this season the bowlers have been showing a great maturity and have been working well together and that is what caused Falkland problems.

“We are just taking things a week at a time, but this win can help us look ahead to the second half of the summer in a good frame of mind.”

In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship, Edinburgh recorded their third win on the spin by defeating Carlton II at Grange Loan.

The match was reduced to 30 overs each and Edinburgh made 187 all out batting first. They then restricted the hosts to 132-8.

Holy Cross lost to Kelso at Arboretum while Stuart&Stuart Penicuik beat Dunnikier and Mazars Grange II defeated Marchmont.

Meanwhile, tonight the Murgitroyd Masterton semi-final between Grange and Carlton is due to take place at Raeburn Place.