MEIGLE GO FOR GLORY
Setting their sights on north east championship
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.