Masterton final won by Watsonians

Watsonians captain Ewan Chalmers holds the trophy aloft. Picture: Greg Macvean

Watsonians captain Ewan Chalmers holds the trophy aloft. Picture: Greg Macvean

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Andrew Learmonth led the way with a half century and three catches as Watsonians lifted the Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy at Grange Loan last night.

The Myreside men batted first against Edinburgh and although they lost Andy Hislop and captain Ewan Chalmers relatively early, Learmonth and Mike Carson took the attack to the Edinburgh bowlers.

Learmonth went on to top score with a well-made 57 while Carson hit 35.

Edinburgh’s fielding effort started off well, but they began to tire and dropped two or three catches that they would have expected to take.

They also gave away 45 extras, including 37 wides, and Brendan O’Connell hit 39 for Watsonians as the top-flight team went on to post 234-7 from their 20 overs. Atif Imran was the pick of the Edinburgh bowlers with 2-36.

Early on in their reply Edinburgh fell to 25-3 with Fraser Sands taking two of the wickets.

In the 14th over Andrew Chalmers took two wickets in two balls as Edinburgh then slipped to 82-7.

Eventually they were all out for 95 despite Qasim Ashraf top scoring with 29.

Watsonians now progress to the national Twenty20 finals day which is scheduled to take place at Poloc’s Shawholm ground on August 9.