A BRILLIANT innings by Saltires batsman Ewan Chalmers steered Watsonians to victory in Cricket Scotland’s first Grand Final.
The Eastern Premier champions and their Dumfries rivals produced a thrilling climax to the new league set-up.
Dumfries slumped to 26-5 after being sent in but the Western Premier champions showed their renowned fighting spirit to post a creditable 125.
They then threatened to pull off the most remarkable victory by reducing the Edinburgh side to 59-6 before Chalmers steered his side to a three-wicket success with 11 overs to spare. He finished unbeaten on 70 from 95 deliveries, with eight fours on a day when boundaries were a rarity.
For Dumfries, captain Stuart Corbett-Byers, with 32, and veteran Davie Davidson with a swashbuckling 38 not out led the fightback.