The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Leaders damage Arbroath bid

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As the North East Championsh­ip reached the halfway stage, there is a certain symmetry about the table with three clubs considered title contenders, four comfortabl­e in mid-table and three with, even at this stage, the prospect of the drop hanging over them.

The home win against Arbroath United had a double effect for Forthill as they held on to top spot in the table and curtailed the visitors’ challenge.

Richard Rennie and Gavin Martin were in the runs for Forthill as they reached 191-7 with Arbroath never really getting to the pace needed and running out of batsmen with only 146 on the board.

Close on Forthill’s tail in second spot come Arrowdawn Gordonians who claimed full points against Dundee HSFP although winning by 41 runs was perhaps less than the Countesswe­lls outfit had expected against the league’s bottom club.

Gordonians batted first with Devedas getting 71 out of the 169 total but there was no one in the visitors team to give real back up to Zahid Rasheed who posted a patient 30 as Dundee managed only 128.

At the Priory, visitors Meigle set a real challenge with a total of 246 thanks to fine knocks from Charlie Kunje with 90, Matt Farmer’s 48 and 46 from Peter Drummond.

Rossie got nowhere near rising to the challenge.

Farmer completed a fine afternoon’s work with 4-10, well supported by Alan Neave and last season’s top wicket-taker Charles Clarke as they had Rossie back in the pavilion for 78, ensuring Meigle stay third in the table.

That 78 of Rossie’s was not the lowest of the day as Kinloch slumped at Doo’cot Park.

They were despatched for a meagre 56 with Perth’s Rory Pennycook collecting an astonishin­g 4-0.

Graham Ferguson and Fraser Mearns saw Perth get the necessary runs without loss and with that win Perth look pretty comfortabl­e in mid-table while Kinloch are now in trouble at the bottom of the table.

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