Ali Shah and Andrew Brock played crucial roles for their teams as Carlton and Mazars Grange recorded CSL Eastern Premiership wins on Saturday.
At Grange Loan, Carlton were already on track for a good score against Heriot’s when Shah, batting at six, came in and produced a great knock of 83 off just 55 balls to help hoist them up well over 200.
Fraser Watts had continued his good form with 57 opening the batting while Arun Pillai weighed in with 29 and Shah’s innings really began to take the game away from Heriot’s.
In the end Carlton posted 231-6 from their 50 overs with spinners Ryan Brown and Mark Watt taking 2-32 and 2-28 for the Goldenacre men.
The Heriot’s innings got off to a low start and never really gained momentum. First to head back to the pavilion was Sean Hinmers for a duck and when Michael Herdman took his second wicket to remove Hayes van der Berg for four the visitors were 22-2. Steve Knox was then bowled by Carlton skipper Ali Evans for 15 and the home side had the upper hand.
Young seamer Cameron Shoebridge then bowled a good spell, taking the wickets of Mark Watt and Peter Ross, and in the end Heriot’s were 115 all out as Carlton won by 116 runs.
Vice-captain Chayank Gosain weighed in with 3-20 late on to put the icing on the cake for Carlton.
The victory puts Carlton fourth in the table and they are on a good run while Grange are now top after they remained undefeated by seeing off SMRH at Inverleith.
In a match that was punctuated by various rain showers, Grange batted first and made 267-4 from their 44 overs.
Skipper Preston Mommsen showed why he is back in the Scotland reckoning with 110 to take his runs total in the league this summer to 461.
Neil McCallum made 52 while Dylan Budge’s cameo of 58 not out from 35 balls helped them up over 250. Elliot Ruthven was the pick of the SMRH attack with 1-38.
In SMRH’s reply James Tapper bowled a superb spell to take 2-15 before Brock took over and finished things off quickly, the spinner ending with figures of 5-12.
In the end SMRH were 32 all out, Ruthven the only batsmen to reach double figures as Grange won by 241 runs (D/L).
Mommsen said: “SMRH actually bowled very well up top with Elliot Ruthven getting the ball to move about a bit.
“The partnership between myself and Neil McCallum was key as it laid the platform for the innings and Dylan Budge finished things off nicely.
“James Tapper bowled really well and did not let SMRH settle in their reply while Andrew Brock and the other spinners were on the money and I was pleased with the team’s showing.”
Watsonians went close at Arbroath, but in the end lost by 10 runs.
Batting first at Lochlands unbeaten Arbroath made 241-7, their innings being anchored by 90 from captain Ross McLean.
Andy McKay was on top form for Sonians taking 4-32 while spinner Tom Cullen captured two wickets on his first top team appearance of 2017.
Mike Carson and Brendan O’Connell put on 58 for the first wicket in reply before the latter fell for 35.
Carson went on to make 40 and skipper Ewan Chalmers 23 as Watsonians kept themselves in the run chase.
Scotland man George Munsey batted very well for 93, but he fell late on with the score on 223 and they finished up on 231-6.
In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship Edinburgh defeated leaders RH Corstorphine.
At East Barnton Avenue Edinburgh skipper Kashif Hussain hit a brilliant 114 as the visitors posted a good total of 278-7.
Sam Fleet then did his best in the run chase with 98, but RH Corstorphine finished on 273-9 to go down by just five runs.