Grange slip gives Heriot’s hope in title showdown
HERIOT’S will head into this coming weekend’s last round of fixtures in the CSL Eastern Premiership still with a chance of winning the title after a dramatic day of action last Saturday.
At the start of play, Grange were the closest challengers to leaders Arbroath, but the Stockbridge men lost out surprisingly at home to Aberdeenshire ruling them out of getting their hands on the trophy.
Arbroath edged to a two-wicket home win over Glenrothes while Heriot’s, third at the start of play, were comfortable victors at SMRH.
All of that means that the title goes down to the wire, if Arbroath win at Carlton then they will be champions, but if they slip up then Heriot’s could snatch the title with a win of their own over Aberdeenshire.
In the WDCU Premier League, after a wet weekend last time out, Prestwick must travel to Torrance House on Saturday and beat East Kilbride to clinch the title.
Defeat for Prestwick would open the door to second placed Ferguslie should they beat Uddingston at Meikleriggs.
Carlton’s bowlers put in a superb performance to help them lift the Citylets Scottish Cup for the first time ever at Forthill last Sunday when they defeated Watsonians in the final.
Batting first Carlton fell to 30-3 early on, Andy McKay and Dewald Nel doing the damage.
The score progressed to 61 before Arun Pillai was out and Fraser Watts and Ali Shah then put together a 56-run partnership to take them up to 107.
Watts fell at that point for 42 and when Fraser Boyd and Angus Beattie were out cheaply it was 121-7.
In the 40th over, left hander Shah was stumped for 41 and it was 154-8 when skipper Ali Evans and vice-captain Chayank Gosain came together.
They put together a great partnership and in the 49th over Evans hit consecutive sixes off McKay and brought up his 50 in the process.
He then hit another maximum and although he was out for 61 and Gosain (30) in the last over they had hoisted their team up to 232 all out. Spinner Tom Cullen was the pick of the ’Sonians bowlers with 3-40.
In reply, Watsonians got off to a good start, Mike Carson and Brendan O’Connell putting on 80 together until the latter was caught out in the deep by Beattie off Evans’ bowling.
Carson reached his century in the 38th over before a number of quick wickets, including that of the centurion for 109, changed the complexion of things totally.
In the end, Watsonians were skittled for 196 all out as Carlton won by 36-runs.
The pick of the bowlers for Carlton were young Beattie and Arun Pillai, both spinners taking three scalps with Gosain taking 2-33 in the dramatic conclusion.
Carlton skipper Evans said: “What a day. I cannot say enough about the battling spirit this team have.
“We looked in trouble at times, but the guys stepped up to the mark and got over the line. I am very proud.”
Consecutive sixes: Ali Evans