Watsonians smash Eastern Premiership batting records

George Munsey and Mike Carson
George Munsey and Mike Carson
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Mike Carson was delighted to play a starring role for Watsonians on Saturday as he and George Munsey took the Falkland bowling attack apart on the way to breaking CSL Eastern Premiership records.

Coming off the back of a defeat by Carlton, the Myreside men headed to Scroggie Park in a determined mood.

Glenrothes batsman Glen Wilkinson takes a tumble during his side's victory over Grange. Pic: JON SAVAGE

Glenrothes batsman Glen Wilkinson takes a tumble during his side's victory over Grange. Pic: JON SAVAGE

And, batting first, they dominated from the off, hitting the ball to all parts as 26-year-old opener Carson made 167 and Scotland cap Munsey compiled an amazing 220 from just 120 balls.

The 220 from 24-year-old Munsey was the highest individual score in the modern era in the league as was their total of 440-4.

Carson and Munsey’s record third wicket partnership was 378 runs while the former’s good day continued with four wickets as Falkland were all out for just 124.

After the 316 run victory Carson, who moved to the Capital from Reading and in his fourth season at the club, said: “It was a great day to be part of.

“I scored a century for the second XI last weekend so was feeling good going into the match and when George came in we knew we had plenty of overs left to bat.

“He was hitting the ball so far at times, some of the shots were a joy to watch from the non-striker’s end.

“As for myself it is very pleasing to get a century for the first XI and really contribute while getting a few wickets just topped things off nicely.

“The team now want to take this confidence into the second half of the season.”

Heriot’s skipper Keith Morton paid tribute to the performances of Ryan Brown and Hayes van der Berg as they continued their fine season with an away win at Aberdeenshire.

South African Van der Berg held the Heriot’s innings together with 46 batting first at Mannofield while Michael Shean made 26 as they posted 192-9.

Aberdeenshire got off to a good start in their reply and they looked like heading for victory while professional Lesiba Chris Ngoepe remained at the crease.

However, he was out LBW to Van der Berg for 89 and Heriot’s went on to win by 35 runs.

Brown took 4-27 and Van der Berg 3-15, and Morton said: “Mannofield is always a tough place to go and get a win and I thought the guys showed great fight.

“Halfway through their innings they were 108-2 and not many people would have thought we would go on and win, but it shows the belief in our dressing-room. Ryan and Hayes in particular bowled well.”

At Portgower Place Grange lost to Glenrothes, their first league defeat of 2017.

Missing key players Preston Mommsen, Dylan Budge and James Tapper was always going to make it tough for the hosts and the Fifers made 290-4 batting first.

Harris Aslam made 43 for Grange and Tom Foulds 27, but a cluster of wickets lost in the middle overs was costly for stand-in skipper Andrew Brock and his men.

Despite some late runs from Harris Carnegie (30) and Avinash Yadav (25 not out) they fell short by 56 runs.

That means that Arbroath are top after they defeated Carlton. Young Tom Simpson made 32, but Carlton were 144 all out at Lochlands. In reply Carlton gave Arbroath a scare before the hosts won by three wickets.

SMRH are still second bottom after an eight-wicket home loss to Tayside Group Forfarshire.

Majid Haq made 82 and Callum Dutia took four wickets as RH Corstorphine defeated Dunnikier to stay top of the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship.