Despite an understrength 1sts being on the wrong end of a comprehensive defeat from league leaders Heriots on Saturday our league position improved marginally with Meigle who have played one less game also suffering a defeat. Next up is another testing fixture when Grange are the visitors to Inverleith.
There were mixed fortunes for the 1st XI in the weekend’s East Premier League double header. Saturday brought an excellent win over Meigle at Inverleith when we chased down 181 batting second while a one wicket loss to Watsonians at Myreside on Sunday after setting a target of 193 was a major disappointment. Among several strong batting performances captain Steven Parker (pictured above) promoted himself to opening the batting and first wicket down and was rewarded with a 50 in each match.
Also on Sunday Meigle recorded a win against Stoneywood Dyce to edge ahead of us in the league table meaning there is all to play for in the second half of the league programme which starts on Saturday when we play league leaders Heriot’s.
News from Inverleith to follow.
Photo – One of Patrick’s big hits for six against Edinburgh CC in the Masterton.
The 1st XI after successive wins in the EPL and Masterton Trophy lost by 32 runs in Saturday’s league match away to Stoneywood-Dyce. Stoneywood were restricted to 176 in 43.2 overs with South African former pro cricketer Lennard Bester batting at no 7 coming in at 62 for 5 and top scoring with 54 dominating a sixth wicket stand of 69. In reply the 1st XI’s response never really took off with Andy Appleton, Mike Miller and Patrick Ritchie all successful in the previous Saturday’s win only making nine runs between them. Thereafter Joe Newman 40 not out, Umar Malik (13) and Asdaq Raja (17) put a better face on things to reach 144 without quite threatening Stoneywood’s total.
The 1st XI won last Thursday night’s Masterton tie against Edinburgh CC at Campbell Park succeeding in a remarkable run chase of 180 in the twenty over match. Patrick Ritchie led the way with 70 runs off 35 balls including four 4s and six 6s. Adam McHoul with 40 from 41 balls and opener Kyle McCallum 25 from 14 balls were the other main contributors.
Next up are matches v Watsonians (MT) and Carlton (EPL).