Grange close the gap at top thanks to Foulds hero­ics

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Gary Heatly

GRANGE’S de­feat of Ar­broath last week­end kept the CSL East­ern Premier­ship ti­tle race alive with two fix­tures left to play.

The Ed­in­burgh side knew they had to win the top of the ta­ble clash at Port­gower Place and they were in ruth­less form from the out­set.

Ar­broath won the toss and de­cided to bat, but it soon looked like the wrong de­ci­sion with Gor­don Goudie, James Tap­per and John Blain putting them un­der pres­sure.

Goudie and Blain went wick­et­less, but they con­ceded just 28 runs be­tween them and Kiwi Tap­per took 3-28.

Tap­per had taken the first wicket of the day, Bren­dan Ford be­ing caught by Tom Foulds, and when the lat­ter came into the at­tack he had Hay­den Laing caught by Goudie and Ar­broath were 57-2.

Vice-cap­tain Ross McLean was then run out smartly by Neil McCal­lum for 29 and Ar­broath’s in­nings sub­sided from there.

Be­fore the start of play 26-yearold all-rounder Foulds had just three league wick­ets to his name in 2017, but now he has seven af­ter he fin­ished with fig­ures of 4-24.

As well as Foulds and Tap­per, An­drew Brock and Neil McCal­lum also grabbed wick­ets as Ar­broath were all out for 113, Fraser Bur­nett top scor­ing with 32.

In re­ply Grange switched things around a bit, open­ing the bat­ting with the new pair­ing of Nick Far­rar and Gor­don Goudie to try and get off to a quick start.

Goudie made a quick 15 be­fore he was first out, bowled by El­ton Willemse.

Cap­tain Pre­ston Momm­sen then joined Far­rar at the wicket and they pro­gressed things nicely to 63 be­fore the lat­ter was out to Willemse for 37.

Momm­sen and Neil McCal­lum, the side's two best bats­men, then came to­gether and put on a 51-run part­ner­ship, fin­ish­ing on 38 and 18 not out to see the cap­i­tal men home by eight wick­ets.

The re­sult means that Ar­broath are still top, but only just and Grange and He­riot’s still have a chance to lift the tro­phy come Au­gust 26.

This Satur­day Ar­broath will look to bounce back at home to Glen­rothes while Grange are host­ing Aberdeen­shire and He­riot’s take the short trip to SMRH.

Falk­land have been rel­e­gated while on Sun­day two teams from the East meet in the Citylets Scot­tish Cup fi­nal.

Carl­ton take on Wat­so­ni­ans in the show­piece match at For­farshire’s Forthill ground.

Mean­while, in the WDCU Pre­mier Di­vi­sion leader Prest­wick are show­ing no signs of fal­ter­ing.

Fraser Mac­don­ald made 71 and Tom Fleet 56 as Prest­wick posted 242-8 last week­end against Greenock.

Scot­land hope­ful Mitchell Rao then took 5-24 as Greenock were dis­missed for 193.

Se­cond placed Fer­gus­lie looked to have blown things when they posted just 65 all out against Dum­fries on the same day.

How­ever, their bowlers were on top form, Riyaad Henry tak­ing 4-13 while Greg Cameron and skip­per Jamie Carruthers both tak­ing two wick­ets and Michael English, who had ear­lier top-scored for his team with 27, se­cur­ing two bril­liant runouts.

This Satur­day Prest­wick host Cly­des­dale with Fer­gus­lie at Greenock.

Lead­ing: Pre­ston Momm­sen

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