Cricket: Mommsen in fine form before Scotland debut

CARLTON batsman Preston Mommsen will head to the Netherlands this week for his Scotland debut after scoring 81 not out to guide his club side to third in the SNCL Premier Division table on Saturday.

The South African-born talent's runs took him to more than 300 for the summer and helped Carlton record a comfortable seven-wicket victory at Forfarshire.

Feilding first, all-rounder Gordon Drummond took the key wicket of National Academy player Craig Wallace for 46 on the way to 4-27, while the returning Ali Evans got the big scalp of Forfarshire captain Ryan Watson for 23 and spinner Mommsen also chipped in with a couple of wickets. The hosts were all out for 183 at Forthill which was never going to be enough against Carlton's in-form batsmen.

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Mommsen's 81 was backed up by 40 from Cedric English before Blake Dean (ten not out) helped the former see their side home ahead of a home clash with Watsonians this weekend.

Grange's unbeaten run is over, Clydesdale having beaten them at Titwood on Saturday.

Batting first, Kamran Sajid's 61 not out helped lead the Glasgow side to 225-5 while the 38 extras given away by Grange will be a concern for skipper Sanjay Patel. Grange's run chase, despite having Mike Powell, Neil McCallum and Gregor Maiden back, never really got going and they were eventually all out for 170, Scotland spinner Majid Haq taking three wickets.

Heriot's chances of increasing their lead at the top of the First Division were thwarted by the rain at Goldenacre with the match against Drumpellier off.

In the same division, Penicuik are still bottom after a loss at Stirling County. Opening batsman Gavin Anderson was the main man for County, carrying his bat for 101 not out as they posted 241-5.

In reply, Penicuik's batting frailties were exposed again, the Midlothian outfit all out for 98, Kris Steel top scoring with 37 not out in the 143-run loss.

And Edinburgh are in the doldrums in the Second Division. Their sixth straight loss came at Ferguslie by 159 runs.

SMRH also suffered a thumping loss in the west, Renfrew putting them to the sword. The hosts posted 230-7 before SMRH could only manage 105 to leave them third bottom.

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RH Corstorphine had a day to forget, Dumfries winning by 21 runs via the Duckworth Lewis method at Barnton. Gordon Allan and Mo Ramzan took four wickets apiece for the home side while the latter scored 51 not out.

The four Scottish Cup cricket second-round ties due to be played on Sunday locally were all postponed.

Edinburgh and Uddingston, Carlton and Clydesdale, Heriot's and Aberdeenshire and RH Corstorpine and Dumfries will try again this Sunday.