Andy Hislop praised the way that team-mates Dewald Nel and Andrew Learmonth played as Watsonians recorded their third CSL Eastern Premiership victory on the spin on Saturday.
For much of the summer the Myreside men only had one league win to their name, but in the last three weeks they have defeated Carlton, RH Corstorphine and Heriot’s to make sure of their top-flight status. They are hitting form at just the right time with the national Twenty20 finals day coming up at Poloc this coming Sunday.
They were in ruthless form at Goldenacre against their Capital rivals who were missing skipper Keith Morton and Mark Watt, their main bowler.
Watsonians restricted Heriot’s to 132 after a rain delay, and in reply Hislop (47 not out) and Learmonth (54) batted sensibly to steer their team home by nine wickets via the Duckworth/Lewis method. Former Scotland seam bowler Dewald Nel took 3-12 for Watsonians while Alec Sim, Fraser Sands, Andrew Chalmers and Ally Sadler all grabbed wickets.
Wicketkeeper Hislop said: “We have put in a few good performances of late and it was pleasing that we carried that on against Heriot’s. Dewald Nel really showed his class with the ball to take wickets and at times the Heriot’s batsmen really struggled against him. The other bowlers all backed him up well and in the field it was a good team performance.
“When myself and Andrew Learmonth went out to open the batting in reply we knew it would be quite tricky because Heriot’s would be giving it everything and the pitch was tricky. However, we have put together quite a few good partnerships this season and it was really good to score over 100 runs as a duo and help the team.
“Andrew batted really well and hopefully now we can build on this going into the last three weeks of the season.”
Player/coach Pete Ross was the only Heriot’s batsman who showed the battling qualities needed on a tough wicket, his 54 not out at least getting them up to 132 when at one stage it looked like they might be bowled out for less than three figures as no other home batsman scored more than 13 runs.
At the tea interval there were showers but after a lengthy wait Watsonians were able to start their reply aiming for a recalculated target 118 which they reached for the loss of just one wicket.
Elsewhere, Mazars Grange are still out on top after a victory at Stoneywood-Dyce. Batting first captain Andrew Brock made 62 and teenager Harris Aslam 25 to help the Capital side up to 165 all out.
Gordon Goudie then showed his class with 5-24 as the home side were bowled out for 73.
Carlton are third after their win up north, 94 from Fraser Watts leading them to a 62-run triumph at Aberdeenshire.
RH Corstorphine look to be returning to the Championship after just one year at the top level after they were bowled out for just 23 at Arbroath. Gordon Lamb and Michael Yellowleees top scored with six apiece as title chasing Arbroath showed no mercy. The hosts won by nine wickets at Lochlands.
In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship there were wins for Marchmont, Mazars Grange II and SMRH, but Carlton II and Murrayfield DAFS lost.