Lin­lith­gow go top af­ter early scare

West Lothian Courier - - Sports - Cal­lum Car­son

Both Lin­lith­gow and Liv­ingston con­tin­ued their un­beaten start to the sea­son with fine wins at the week­end.

Lin­lith­gow played host to early pace-set­ters Mor­ton on Satur­day and things cer­tainly did not look too good as they slipped to 16-2 af­ter elect­ing to bat first.

Patrick Ben­nie ( 48) and David Drylie ( 31) stead­ied the ship be­fore the lat­ter was con­tro­ver­sially out han­dled ball in the 18th over, only for the de­ci­sion to be over­turned af­ter a dis­cus­sion among the um­pires.

He fell leg be­fore wicket shortly af­ter but Kevin Stump con­tin­ued the good work with a solid 49 to carry the hosts beyond 150.

A brief cameo from pow­er­hit­ter Kit McCrys­tal boosted Lin­lith­gow’s to­tal to 220-9.

Mor­ton stut­tered to 77-4 in re­sponse, with Rory Thom­son and Jor­dan Hamil­ton tak­ing care of the top or­der.

Proof that it would be Lin­lith­gow’s day came when Drylie let a catch slip be­tween his hands but the ball struck his head and An­gus Har­gan was close at hand to claim the catch.

The hosts closed out the match and sealed a 42- run vic­tory, col­lect­ing 20 points and jump­ing to the top of the Div­sion One ta­ble.

Next week­end they travel to Myre­side to face Wat­so­ni­ans Sec­onds.

Lin­lith­gow Sec­onds suf­fered a 98-run loss away to Dun­bar in Divi­sion Four.

The hosts tal­lied 203-6 from their 40 overs, with Lin­lith­gow be­ing dis­missed for 105 in­side 35 overs.

Liv­ingston’s first team made it three wins from three in Divi­sion Two with a 22- run tri­umph over Tra­nent and Pre­ston Vil­lage.

De­spite a wob­bly start, Livi reached 194-8 at the close of their in­nings with James Casley and Ha­mad Ahmed top-scor­ing on 39.

Some solid bowl­ing from Fa­had Ahmed (3-31) Ahmed Ali (2-24) and Mark Peachey (2-27) had Livi look­ing good and they even­tu­ally bowled the visi­tors out for 172.

The club’s Sec­onds grabbed vic­tory over Tra­nent and Pre­ston Vil­lage Sec­onds de­spite be­ing bowled out for 64. Stun­ning bowl­ing from Ab­dul Marshiya ( 3- 11) and Sushil Jin­dal (2-9) saw Livi win by two runs.

Fauld­house Vic­to­ria suf­fered de­feat in Divi­sion Three and they are still search­ing for their first win of the sea­son.

Bat­ting first, Vics scored 127-9 from their 40 overs. March­mont did not score at the quick­est rate but lost just two wick­ets as they sealed an eight-wicket vic­tory with just un­der four overs re­main­ing.

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Top team Lin­lith­gow se­cured a fine win

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