Grange II lose but still seal the title

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Grange II were crowned East One cricket champions at the weekend despite losing their first league match of the ­campaign.

The Stockbridge side went down to Watsonians II at Fettes on Saturday, but because nearest rivals Carlton II were also losing, to Edinburgh South, Simon Taylor’s side picked up the silverware with one round of fixtures still to go.

It has been a fascinating tussle between them and Carlton II all summer, by far and away the two best teams in the division.

Grange II have been well served with the bat by the likes of Giles Holmes, Arun Pillai and Tom Sole, while Pillai has also taken more than 20 wickets and would have been player of 
the year in the East if Edinburgh South’s run machine Graeme Beghin had not been around.

On Saturday, Grange II posted 161-9 batting first, Taylor top scoring with 37, but Watsonians II boosted their own chances of survival with a battling run chase.

Teenager Chris Cash led the way with 57 not out and Mark Yellowlees weighed in with 52 as they won by three wickets.

At Grange Loan, Carlton II were bowled out for just 94 by Edinburgh South before Beghin’s 75 not out saw the visitors home with ease.

Murrayfield DAFS and Holy Cross tied on 169 each, Edinburgh Accies and Musselburgh started, but were rained off, 
and St Boswells defeated ­Dunfermline.

Meanwhile, further down the East leagues, Kirk Brae II were crowned champions of East Eight.