ROUND-UP ’Shire, Lichties see off threat of capital sides
FORFARSHIRE and Arbroath both got off to winning starts in the CSL Eastern Premier Cricket Divison as they saw off the challenge of Watsonians and Stewart’s-Melville FP.
At Forthill, Watsonians scored 217-7 off their 50 overs with Andy Cockburn topscoring with 47.
For Forfarshire, Bill Kruip was the pick of the bowlers, the Aussie taking 3-39 in his spell.
The Dundee side then comfortably chased down their target, winning with five wickets to spare with Craig Wallace scoring 85 and Scott Cameron finishing on 60 not out.
At Lochlands, Arbroath hammered Stewart’s-Melville FP by 131 runs with professional Satey Vihanawasam turning in a superb display on his debut.
The Sri Lankan top-scored with 51 as the Lichties posted 222-7.
In reply, the Edinburgh outfit were never in the hunt and were dismissed for only 91 with Vihanawasam taking 5-19.
Aberdeenshire were beaten by Grange at Portgower Place with ex-Scotland skipper Preston Mommsen producing a display of really vintage batting.
He finished on 78 not out as Grange racked up 264-5 in their innings.
The Dons were then dismissed for 193 with Neil Mccallum claiming four wickets.
The final game i n the division saw Heriot’s beat near neighbours Corstorphine at Goldenacre.
Mike Shean scored 92 as Heriot’s complied 185-9 before bowling out Corstorphine for only 90 with Elliot Ruthven and Shean taking three wickets each.
The Glenrothes-Carlton game was called off as the pitch was unfit for play
In the Western Premier Division, there were wins for Ferguslie over Clydesdale, Stirling over Prestwick and Poloc over West of Scotland while the other two games were called off.
In the Championship, only one game went ahead, Stenhousemuir beating Drumpellier by two runs.
WATSONIANS were crowned 20/20 champions after they won the Murgitroyd trophy which had been held over from last season due to bad weather. They defeated Clydesdale by 10 wickets after the Glasgow side scored only 93. George Munsey scored an unbeaten 53 to see his side home with 10 overs to spare. Earlier Clydesdale defeated Forfarshire by 10 runs in a semi-final.