Morale-boosting victory for Meigle
‘Coming of age’innings by Burrelton’s Alan Neave
Meigle bounced back in style from Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Stewart’s Melville to record their second EPL win of the season with a resounding defeat of Stoneywood Dyce.
Having been asked to bat at Victory Park, Stoneywood made slow and steady progress against the Meigle attack, looking to keep wickets in hand for a later assault.
After 31 overs the visitors had crawled to 80-4 with wickets for Zahid Majeed, Alan Neave and two for Charles Clark.
Visiting batsmen Bester looked dangerous coming in at number six, but Neave induced an edge behind to Drummond to further curtail the visitors’ innings.
A fine sixth-wicket partnership was then produced by wicket keeper Maclaren and Ewan Davidson, who added 80 in quick time to give the Stoneywood innings some late impetuous.
A late flourish from skipper Jamie King meant Dyce posted 204-7 at the break.
With Meigle having not posted more than 200 at all in the league this season, all involved expected a tough chase for the home team.
New opening partners Tom Duff and Majid Rasheed set out hoping for a quick start but would not have expected what followed.
With Majid taking on the left-arm spin of Collins and Duff continuing his fine form timing the ball beautifully into the gaps, the pair raced along to 54 in the seventh over before Majid spooned one to slip off Boivard to depart for 38 off only 23 balls.
Duff added another 30 with number three Neave before he tickled one behind for a well-made 26.
At 84-2 in only the 12th over Meigle had time on their hands and Josh Edington and Neave used it wisely to get themselves in before putting the pressure back on the visiting bowling attack with some great shot placement and excellent running between the wickets.
Edington had looked set for another half century until he edged behind for 40 in the 28th over with the home side still 40 runs short and the nerves still jittering on the sidelines.
However, there would be no more cause for alarm as Neave and Drummond saw Meigle home without further loss with Neave finishing on a superbly compiled 78 ball 71.
It was a real coming of age innings for the young Burrelton roofer.
And it was a result that boosted morale amongst the Meigle ranks after a demoralising defeat on Saturday.
The win also lifts them off the foot of the EPL table.
Meigle travel to Arbroath in the league on Saturday, after facing Forfarshire in the T20 semi final on Tuesday.