Opening bowler Gordon Goudie put in a five star performance as Mazars Grange defeated Watsonians in a CSL Eastern Premiership Edinburgh derby on Saturday.
Home skipper Preston Mommsen was delighted with his team’s showing in the victory, batsman Ryan Flannigan also impressing.
The Stockbridge outfit kept up their unbeaten start to the league campaign – and dodged the heavy rain showers – on a day when Goudie’s top class bowling set-up the positive result.
He managed to extract quite a bit of movement out of the pitch and, with Grange winning the toss and bowling first, he had Watsonians in all sorts of bother by taking the first four wickets.
Andrew Learmonth, captain Ewan Chalmers, George Munsey and Brendan O’Connell all fell to the Scotland cap and the visitors were 11-4.
Andrew Chalmers and Aman Bailwal began the repair job with a 51-run partnership before the latter became Goudie’s fifth victim.
Chalmers knew he had to stay around to try and get his side up to some sort of total and he played some fine shots on his way to 80.
Andrew Brock took his wicket and although wicketkeeper Andy Hislop chipped in with an unbeaten 20 the visitors’ total of 160 all out looked a bit short.
In reply Grange lost Harris Aslam to Andy McKay early on, but Flannigan and Mommsen settled things down before a big rain shower.
When the players returned to the field their revised target was 113 and the batting duo saw them home to win by nine wickets, Flannigan finishing on 69 not out and Mommsen on 38 not out.
Mommsen said: “Gordon Goudie and James Tapper did really well opening the bowling for us and did not let Watsonians settle.
“Gordon showed his class with five wickets while it was great to see Ryan scoring a high quality half century to get us over the line.
“Overall, we are very happy with this win because we know that Watsonians can be a dangerous team.”
Heriot’s are now third in the table after their home victory over Glenrothes.
And it was a great day at Goldenacre for young Sean Hinmers, scoring a 50 with the bat and then taking two wickets.
His runs, aided by 39 from Mark Watt and 27 from captain Keith Morton, helped Heriot’s post 213 all out batting first.
After rain disrupted proceedings Glenrothes were set a recalculated total of 176, but Heriot’s managed to hold their nerve and win by five runs.
Morton said: “We were not at our best and were not sure if we would get a result given the changeable weather, so considering those factors it is really good to win in the circumstances.”
Michael Herdman hit a century to help guide Carlton to a home win over Aberdeenshire.
He really was the mainstay of the innings, his 104 seeing them post 245 all out batting first.
Aberdeenshire’s target was revised, but Carlton came out on top with Herdman taking three wickets and others bowling well around him.
Shaylen Pillay, Hayden Mourits and Greg Bissett all hit half centuries at Falkland as SMRH secured a crucial away victory.
Their runs helped the Inverleith men post 274-8 batting first and then, in Falkland’s amended run chase, brothers Greg and Elliot Ruthven took scalps as SMRH came through by 17 runs via the D/L method.
Arbroath are still top after defeating Tayside Group Forfarshire.
In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship, Richard McCorkell hit 74 for RH Corstorphine as they defeated Gala by 66 runs. Marchmont are still bottom after a defeat away to Dunnikier.