Heriot’s skipper Keith Morton has praised his side for an all-round solid showing on Saturday after they defeated RH Corstorphine in the CSL Eastern Premiership.
Having been defeated by Arbroath the previous week, Morton was pleased to be able to bring back experienced campaigners Sean Weeraratna and Kevin McLaren into the XI for the match at Goldenacre.
And Heriot’s went on to put their third league win of the summer on the board by restricted their visitors – who are bottom of the table – to 163 all out. In that innings spinner Morton did a lot of the damage as he took six wickets while fellow spinner Ryan Brown and seamer Weeraratna both took two wickets each.
David Payne was the main contributor with the bat for RHC, making 79, but not enough of his team-mates stayed in long enough to support the Australian.
In their reply Heriot’s did not get off to the best of starts as Steve Knox had to retire hurt and they were reduced to 40-3, which was effectively 40-4 with Knox not going to be able to return. However, McLaren and Mark Watt steadied things and they scored 54 not out and 47 respectively to eventually see Heriot’s home to victory by five wickets.
Morton said: “We knew that we had to improve on the previous week’s showing and we did that.
“I thought the seamers bowled well early to put RHC under a bit of pressure and then that allowed myself and Ryan Brown the opportunity to come on and take some wickets.
“I was obviously happy to take six wickets myself, but I feel I have bowled better at other times this season and not had the luck so maybe I was due some.
“After losing the early wickets in our reply Kevin knew that his job was to see things through and he did that well. Mark showed that his batting is coming on really well and he is playing with confidence now.
“Really the whole team put in a good shift.”
A negative for Morton on the day was the injury sustained by his most experienced player Steve Knox.
“Steve tore a calf muscle and could be out of action for a few weeks. That is of course a blow, but some younger players will now be exposed to the first team and hopefully they can grab their chances,” the captain said.
Elsewhere in the top flight, Mazars Grange continued their cracking run of form by defeating Aberdeenshire at Mannofield in a rain affected match.
Grange have now won eight out of eight after they posted 195-7 batting first from 38 overs, former Scotland man Neil McCallum leading the ay with 64.
Aberdeenshire then made 118-8 from 22 overs, but the Capital men won by ten runs via a Duckworth/Lewis calculation following a break for rain.
It was Grange’s fielding that won them this one, four home batsmen being run out.
Carlton are still second after thumping Autoecosse Forfarshire.
Gordon Drummond’s side were in ruthless form, all four bowlers used taking wickets as the hosts were bundled out for just 52 at Forthill.
Hamish Gardiner and Tom Freshwater then knocked off the runs needed in just eight overs.
Watsonians are second bottom after a defeat at Stonywood-Dyce.
The home side made 219-9, Mike Carson taking four wickets for Watsonians.
The visitors’ batting line-up struggled though and despite 44 from Euan Robertson they fell well short of a win, making 166 all out.
In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship there were wins for Stuart&Stuart Penicuik, Holy Cross Marchmont and SMRH who were particularly impressive in their thumping of Mazars Grange II.