Ryan Brown and James Hearn were the stars for Heriot’s as they secured a win over Watsonians in a cracking CSL Eastern Premiership encounter on Saturday.
Batting first at Myreside, Watsonians made 236 all out with Andy Hislop hitting 49 on his 29th birthday and 18-year-old spinner Brown being the main man for Heriot’s with six wickets.
It appeared that Heriot’s were facing an uphill task in the run chase when player/coach Pete Ross got out, but Hearn knuckled down to make 77 not out and was well supported by Mark Watt (34) and Brown (23 not out) as the visitors got home by five wickets.
Having lost to Watsonians on Thursday night in the Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy quarter-final this victory will lift confidence levels in the young squad who have had a tough start to the summer.
This was their second league win of 2015 and captain Keith Morton was pleased with the way his players applied themselves with experienced campaigners like Kevin McLaren and Sean Weeraratna missing.
Chris Acheson has stepped up from the second XI to open the batting and is showing signs that he is getting used to the top flight while spinners Watt and Brown are having to get through a power of work week in, week out with the Heriot’s attack perhaps a seamer light.
After taking 6-62, Brown, who is in his second season at Heriot’s after moving from Largo, said: “We really had to win. It was a great feeling to take six wickets and hopefully I can keep that form going in the coming weeks.
“When I came in to bat I knew I had to try and stay there with James as he knew exactly how we needed to go about things. Thankfully we managed to see the team home.
“We now have a tough game away to Arbroath this coming weekend, but we are beginning to see more players coming into form so we should be able to put up a good fight.
“Personally, I’d love like to begin to build on the few good knocks with the bat I have had in the last few games. Also, the under-19 World Cup qualifiers begin in July which I hope to be a part of.”
Grange are still unbeaten at the top of the table after they eased past Stoneywood-Dyce by eight wickets. Neil McCallum and John Blain took three wickets apiece as the visitors to The Grange were bowled out for 134. George Munsey then hit 67 and stand-in skipper Ryan Flannigan 34 not out to ease Grange home.
Carlton too were in top form and have won five out of five after seeing off reigning champions Aberdeenshire by 143 runs at Grange Loan. Fraser Watts made 103 and Rory McCann’s good form continued with 63 as Carlton made 263 all out.
Chayank Gosain then took four wickets and everyone else chipped in as the visitor were skittled out for 120. Jake Marnie made 87, but RH Corstorphine are still bottom after losing at home to Arbroath by 67 runs.
In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship Holy Cross secured their first win of the season. Raja Javed hit an unbeaten half century to see them past Marchmont by eight wickets.
Mazars Grange II defeated Edinburgh, Carlton II saw off Freuchie by 95 runs, Murrayfield DAFS lost to Glenrothes and SMRH eased past Stuart&Stuart Penicuik by nine wickets.