Musselburgh Courier

Brilliant Harris century helps Bass Rock to excellent win


VICTORIES for Musselburg­h, Bass Rock, Dunbar and Haddington were much welcome for county cricketers over the weekend.

Musselburg­h were in fine form as they defeated Murrayfiel­d DAFS to sit fifth in the Division One standings.

The Capital club visited Lewisvale Park but were all out for just 79.

Forty-two from Vignesh Devaraj set Musselburg­h in the right direction and Anthony Ilyas added 23 as Musselburg­h reached 80 with just two wickets lost along the way.

In the same division, there was not such good news for Tranent and Preston Village (TPV), who slipped to their fourth defeat of the campaign.

Title-chasing Carlton 2 proved too strong as Ragesh Kullyamara­thingal and Amar Ganti were TPV’s top scorers with just 18.

TPV reached 113-9 but it was the hosts who came through for the win, reaching 114 for seven wickets.

Meanwhile, there was better news for county sides in Division Three.

Bass Rock sit second in the table after seeing off Marchmont 2.

A brilliant 120 from Gus Fraser Harris, alongside 59 from George Salmond, set the North Berwick team well on their way as they finished on a commanding total of 266-4.

In response, Marchmont 2 gave it a real good go.

Mudassir Ahmed scored 93 but they eventually ran out of time as they could only manage 214-6 from their 40 overs.

Haddington sit level with Bass Rock in second spot after they defeated Boroughmui­r.

The Neilson Park side set a target of 187-8, thanks in part to 60 from Dave Arbuthnott and 44 from Robin Hiley.

Again, the opposition battled valiantly but were ultimately all out for 136, Hiley taking 4-13 to add to his batting exploits.

There was more good news in Division Four as Dunbar won the basement battle with Heriot’s 3.

The Capital club reached 187-8 as Calum McDougall clocked up more than half of their runs with a fine 94.

However, Dunbar were not to be denied as Cameron Miller and Tom Upton scored 69 and 62 respective­ly.

That saw the Winterfiel­d men reach their target with five wickets in hand to take the precious win.

At the other end of the table, Tranent and Preston Village 2 suffered their first defeat of the season.

Grange 3 reached 115-9 and the hosts at the Polwarth Oval looked as if they could reach that.

But they fell agonisingl­y short as they were all out for 105, despite 29 from Kapil Rana.

There was better news for the club’s third string in Division

Six as they took derby bragging rights against Musselburg­h 2.

Tranent and Preston Village 3 batted first at Meadowmill and 51 from Narayan Haran helped them to a total of 196-7.

Opener Matthew Boyd provided hope for Musselburg­h as he clocked up 56.

However, only two of his team-mates reached double figures as they were all out for 145.

The club’s fourth team lost out on their trip into the Capital when they faced Edinburgh Accies 3.

Batting first, they carded 113, Mohammad Rizwan the top scorer on 34.

Their hosts proved too good, reaching their target with three wickets in hand.

Finally, in Division Eight, Tranent and Preston Village 5 overcame Livingston 4 in a low-scoring contest, while Bass Rock 2 lost out at Edinburgh 3.

TPV 5 had a target of just 86 and quickly reached that with just two wickets down.

Meanwhile, Bass Rock 2 found themselves chasing just 78 but they were all out for 61 – only Paul Dunn and Matthew Fraser reached double figures.

This weekend in Division One, Tranent and Preston Village head to Penicuik while Musselburg­h venture to Watsonians 2.

Bass Rock welcome Hawick & Wilton in Division Three as Haddington travel to RH Corstorphi­ne 3.

Dunbar head to Holy Cross in Division Four while Tranent and Preston Village 2 host Drummond Trinity 3.

Lewisvale Park will see Musselburg­h 2 take on Marchmont 3, and Tranent and Preston Village 3 head to Clackmanna­n County 2.

Tranent and Preston Village 4 take on Holy Cross 2 in Division Seven while TPV5 are at Leith FAB 4 and Bass Rock 2 travel to Dunfermlin­e & Carnegie 3.

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