RH Corstorphine reach surprise play-off thanks to Penicuik

Leeder by name ... Cameron Leeder has scored 672 runs and eight not-out innings for an 'average of 112 for Corstorphine. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Leeder by name ... Cameron Leeder has scored 672 runs and eight not-out innings for an 'average of 112 for Corstorphine. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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RH Corstorphine will go into a play-off with north east champons Meigle at Falkland on Saturday for a place in next season’s East Cricket Premiership.

The Capital club dramatically leapfrogged to the top of the East Championship on the last day of the campaign when long time leaders Glenrothes were beaten at Stuart and Stuart Penicuik.

Adding to the drama was the fact that RH Corstorphine had no chance to improve their own position when the schedule fixture with Murrayfield DAFS fell victim to the weather 27 overs in.

Retiring to the pavilion, RH Corstorphine then followed Glenrothes’ fortunes on social media according to opening bowler, Joe Kinghorn-Gray, who said: “Normally Glenrothes video stream their matches but on this occasion there was no link. We just had to rely on words and when it finally was confirmed there were big celebrations.

“I suppose having beaten Glenrothes the only time we met was vindication, but we are not in the Premiership yet.

“Meigle are having an unbeaten season so we won’t be underestimating them.”

Kinghorn-Gray has chipped in a useful 17 league wickets while Mackenzie Barclay and former Scotland coach Peter Steindl have contributed 23 and 20 wickets, respectively.

The real star of the club, though, has again been Cameron Leeder with 672 runs and eight not-out innings for an average of 112.

Said Leeder: “If somebody had offered me those numbers at the start of the season I’d definitely have taken them.

“Winning the league is an achievement in itself and we will go into the play-off continuing to try to concentrate on our own performances.

“A play-off has, however, meant cancelling a scheduled end-of-season trip to Newcastle but that is a small price to pay.”

It was already a historic season for RH Corstorphine who fielded Scotland women’s wicket keeper Charlotte Bascombe in a Scottish Cup tie when regular stumper Gordon Lamb was unavailable.

“Who knows, if we get promotion and Lamby is unavailable again, Charlotte could keep in the top league – but we need to get there first,” added a cautious Leeder.

Relegated from the Championship are Edinburgh South and West Lothian after Carlton 2nds executed a remarkable escape when they picked up 15 points for tying with Holy Cross in near darkness at Grange Loan, Brad McKay hitting two runs off the ultimate delivery.

Both teams finished on 189-8.

Meanwhile, in the Premiership, Heriot’s posted their third straight win when defeating Watsonians at Myreside but Carlton went down by 45 runs at Forfarshire.

Key to the latest success for Heriot’s was an opening partnership of 110 between Steve Knox (64) and David Ross (40).

Watsonian captain Ewan Chalmers’ three wickets meant he finished joint top bowler with 36 victims alongside fellow Scotland cap Sayaaf Sharif of Falkland.

Chalmers’ 40 against Heriot’s also took him past 300 runs for the league season.

Despite their home match with SMRH being rained off Mazars Grange retain third place behind champions Aberdeenshire and Arbroath in the final table.

Promoted from East Division One with a 100 per cent record are Edinburgh CC while the other champions were Dunnikier (D 2), Falkland 2nds (D 3), Selkirk (D4), Stuart and Stuart Penicuik 2NDS (D5), Tranent (D6), SMRH 3rds (D7), Glenrothes 3rds (D8) and Glenrothes 4ths (D9).