Watsonians go top as Carlton and Heriot’s post victories

Carlton bowler Mario Olivier fires down a delivery as the Grange Loan men beat Aberdeenshire. Pic: Greg Macvean
Carlton bowler Mario Olivier fires down a delivery as the Grange Loan men beat Aberdeenshire. Pic: Greg Macvean
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It was a good weekend all round for local cricket clubs with Watsonians, Carlton and Heriot’s recording CSL Eastern Premiership victories.

Mazars Grange had their encounter at Glenrothes called off due to heavy rain on Friday, but the three other Capital outfits put in fine displays.

At Myreside, Watsonians hosted Arbroath and like the week before against Grange Ewan Chalmers’ men scored a good total batting first.

Chalmers himself continued his own good run of form with 91 and opener Brendan O’Connell made 71 as they posted 271 all out.

With the ball they got off to the perfect start when Andy McKay captured the wicket of Arbroath dangerman Brendon Ford for a duck.

Fraser Burnett then got into the groove for the visitors and looked like staying around to lead their run chase, but spinner O’Connell managed to have the left hander stumped by wicketkeeper Andy Hislop for 45.

In the end O’Connell took five wickets and Henk Conradie three as Watsonians went top of the league.

Carlton are third with their title challenge also well and truly alive after they saw off Aberdeenshire in a shortened match.

The encounter at Grange Loan was 33-overs-a-side and Carlton’s bowlers set them up for victory with a good showing.

Former Scotland captain Gordon Drummond took 3-12, Ali Evans weighed in with 2-23 and Mo Ahmed took the key wicket of Harsha Cooray as the visitors were restricted to 121-9.

In reply Fraser Watts, who now has over 300 league runs for the summer, was once again in fine form with 54 while skipper Steve Gilmour made 25 as Carlton won by six wickets with plenty of overs left to spare.

Gilmour said: “The pitch was certainly bowler friendly and the guys made the most of it. Everyone bowled well, but I thought Mo in particular had a good spell and was causing the batsmen problems.

“With the bat Fraser continued the way he has been playing and when you have a guy like that in such good form others can bat around him.

“We have a busy weekend coming up with trips to Stoneywood-Dyce and Greenock [in the league and the Citylets Scottish Cup respectively] so to get a home win heading into those was pleasing.”

Perhaps the performance of the weekend came at Forthill where Heriot’s defeated Forfarshire who had been top on Saturday morning.

The home side batted first and Graeme Beghin continued his amazing season with 111 not out as they posted a fairly competitive total of 262-6 from their 50 overs.

In their reply Hayes van der Berg (47) and Pete Ross (49) set things up nicely for Heriot’s and then Mark Watt and Keith Morton joined up at the crease.

Scotland cap Watt finished on 61 not out while captain Morton chipped in with 16 not out to see the Goldenacre men home by five wickets.

The positive result sees them sitting in fifth place and means that all of the Capital clubs are in the top half of the table.

Meanwhile, in the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship SMRH continue to lead the way after their seventh win of the campaign.

Adam McHoul and Tom Beaton both took three wickets apiece at Raeburn Place as Mazars Grange II were restricted to 134 all out. Michael Miller then led the run chase with 56 not out as the Inverleith outfit won by eight wickets.

Edinburgh were in fine form to see off Holy Cross by eight wickets while Marchmont were well beaten by Kelso at Shedden Park by 152-runs.

The Dunnikier-RH Corstorphine and Stuart&Stuart Penicuik-Carlton II matches were off.