Grange slip gives He­riot’s hope in ti­tle show­down

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - By Gary Heatly

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

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