Arbroath on target for the title

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WATSONIANS may have surrendered their prospects of holding on to their Eastern Premiership title, but leading batsman James Easton insisted the Myreside men will have a big say in shaping the destiny of the trophy.

He issued his verdict after Sonians came out on top in the capital derby with Grange, effectively ending their chances of glory.

Leaders Arbroath kept up the momentum by crushing Stoneywood-Dyce, while Carlton’s quest was dented by a home loss to Aberdeenshire.

On paper, it now looks certain the spoils will end up in the north east, but Easton reckons the outcome is “too early to call.”

He said: “Arbroath still have Aberdeenshire, Carlton and Grange to face so they have a very tough run-in.

“But they are a good balanced side and they do have a decent chance.

“Shire and even Carlton can still be in the mix.”

Easton added: “From our own point of view, we had a really hard start to the campaign with injuries and unavailability, but we remained confident we could compete with anyone on our day.

“I am sure we will have an input to what happens over the next few weeks.

“In terms of Saturday, it is always good to beat Grange!”

Pater Legget and Stewart Chalmers each bagged three wickets to restrict Grange to 155 on their own track.

Then Easton followed up last weekend’s century with an unbeaten 55, steering his side home with just three wickets to spare.

Harsha Cooray’s century was the main feature of Aberdeenshire’s nail biting triumph at Carlton – a single run and one wicket separating the teams.

Fine bowling by Brendan Ford and Benny McGill, who shared seven conquests, rounded off Arbroath’s win at Dyce.

And Heriot’s enjoyed a convincing victory over SMRH at Inverleith.

Half centuries for Adam Lockhart-Krause and Cam Farrell propelled the Goldenacre men to a lofty 292 for four before Keith Morton (four for 19) and Scott Lucas (three for 33) polished off the home brigade for 149.