MEIGLE GO FOR GLORY

Set­ting their sights on north east cham­pi­onship

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Meigle 1st XI can set their sights on the S&PCU North East Cham­pi­onship af­ter a win that sees them firm up third spot and close in on lead­ers Stoney­woodDyce and sec­ond-placed Gor­do­nians.

In a sec­ond week of blus­tery con­di­tions that made it hard to bowl, Meigle cap­tain Matthew Farmer elected to bowl first against Big County ri­vals Perth Doo’cot.

An early break­through was es­sen­tial against the merged club­men to vin­di­cate the skipper’s de­ci­sion and he got it from his deputy, Iain Ste­wart, when he had vet­eran run ma­chine Gra­ham Fer­gu­son plumb in front for three, with the score on 13.

This brought the in-form Curtis Tay­lor to the crease and he would end on 78 not out as the Fair City men ac­cu­mu­lated 163 all out in 42.5 overs.

Alan Neave was the pick of the bowlers yet again, go­ing at an econ­omy rate of less than two runs per over.

Farmer bowled some hos­tile pace be­fore turn­ing to his use­ful off breaks, though the skipper will be pleased to see Jamie Mor­ri­son back in the wick­ets with two late on.

The pick of the field­ers was Cale­do­nia re­gion U14 all rounder Josh Ed­ing­ton who had a stun­ning direct hit run out to dis­miss the vis­it­ing over­seas star player Knoe­son.

Charles Clark was re­spon­si­ble for the other wicket to fall, with a fine throw to run out Saral who was ea­ger to get Tay­lor on strike in the clos­ing overs.

Mur­ray Scott failed to cap­ture his Scot­tish Cup form, but as ever, bowled some fan­tas­tic de­liv­er­ies and this bodes well for the com­ing weeks.

Meigle were ruth­less in the pur­suit of the runs and lost just one wicket in the process.

Alan Neave did not move his feet as flu­ently as he can and paid the price as exNorthum­ber­land mi­nor county pace­man Stephen Boyd clean bowled the SPCU Se­lect all rounder.

This brought ex-Glen­delvine man Neil Wim­ber­ley to the crease to join Peter Drum­mond and the pair gradaully built a fine part­ner­ship of 135 to clinch an es­sen­tial win for the Black and Golds.

Wim­ber­ley gave no chances in his stylish knock, full of cover drives and pulls, 57 not out a solid re­turn for the man se­lected for the re­cent SPCU Se­lect match againt NoSCA.

Peter Drum­mond took his tally since re­turn­ing to Meigle in 2009 af­ter his time at For­farshire in the Na­tional League, to more than 3,500 runs with a gutsy 87 not out.

Meigle need to keep up the pres­sure this Satur­day as they take on third from bot­tom Ar­broath Utd at Lochlands with a noon start. First up is a mid­week tus­sle with For­farshire 2nd XI in the PRD Ar­chi­tec­ture Three Coun­ties Cup for a place in the fi­nals day at Doo’cot Park on July 16.

And Meigle Un­der 15s clinched a sur­prise vic­tory over Ar­broath in the Strath­more and Perthshire Union U15 league.

Ar­broath lost a tight game with Fer­gus Barron scor­ing 49 and Josh Ed­ing­ton 36 in the vil­lagers 95 for 8 whilst Ar­broath could not quite see it home in their al­lot­ted 20 overs with a tight final over from pace­man Scott Fairn­ing­ton see­ing the Black and Gold colts home as the coastal Angus side were stranded on 93 for 3.

Oliver Ni­col was the stand-out fielder with two run outs at key times.

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