Cricket: City stars storm to centuries

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Four Capital batsmen scored centuries in an exciting day of CSL Eastern Premier Division cricket action on Saturday.

At Myreside, George Munsey’s 110 not out helped Grange defeat Watsonians and, over at Goldenacre, Heriot’s Steve Knox and Adam Lockhart-Krause both reached three figures in a victory over SMRH for whom Cedric English also made a ton. Carlton’s match at Aberdeenshire was a lower scoring affair, the Grange Loan men heading back down the road after a 46-run loss.

Prior to the encounter between Watsonians and Grange, there was a minute’s silence at Myreside following the death of Grange vice-captain Andrew Brock’s father Graham last week. When things began the hosts got off to the worst possible start when Stuart Chalmers was out in the first over off the bowling of Raj Routray.

Fellow opener Andy Learmonth fell to the same bowler and they were 18-2 before Andrew Fraser-Harris and captain Ewan Chalmers steadied things with a partnership of 129.

Fraser-Harris made 51 while Chalmers made 93 and looked in great touch before becoming one of Chris Sole’s three victims.

Craig Wright made 20 and Dewald Nel 22 for Watsonians but their total of 232 all out looked around 30 runs short on a good batting wicket and a lightning quick outfield.

As well as Sole’s three wickets for Grange, Routray, Gordon Goudie and Gregor Maiden all took two apiece.

Grange slipped to 35-2 in reply during a good opening spell from Nel and Paddy Sadler, with former Watsonians man Ryan Flannigan and Josh 
Edwards heading back to the pavilion. Skipper Neil McCallum joined George Munsey at the crease at this stage and the pair set about rebuilding the innings – which they did in style.

Munsey may have ridden his luck on a couple of occasions when catches were put down, but the left hander was quick to punish anything short and as they began to approach their target he reached his second century of the campaign.

When victory came at the start of the 48th over Munsey was 110 not out and McCallum was 73 not out as they won by eight wickets. For Grange this showing was the perfect way to bounce back from the opening-day defeat at home to Aberdeenshire a fortnight ago while their squad looks to have real strength in depth in it this year.

Heriot’s gained their first league win of 2013 thanks to 133 from skipper Knox and 111 not out from Australian Lockhart-Krause while Cameron Farrell smashed 43 from 31 balls to hoist them up to 328-2 from their 50 overs.

In reply, SMRH gave it a good shot, English making 104 and Steven Parker 60, but they were always behind the run rate and finished on 224-9.

Carlton kept Aberdeenshire to 159-8 with Gordon Drummond leading the way with 2-20.

In reply, Carlton’s batting line-up struggled though, Hamish Gardiner top scoring with 34 as they fell to 113 all out.

Former Scotland spinner Willie Morton rolled back the years with four wickets as Penicuik got their first victory of the season in the CSL Eastern First Division.

Morton’s 4-21 helped the hosts bowl Dundee HSFP out for just 68 at Kirkhill while Calum Steel took 3-14. Matthew Foulds then hit 26 not out opening the batting to see the Midlothian men home by eight wickets. Cameron Leeder hit 83 not out, but it was not enough as RH Corstorphine lost at Glenrothes by 31 runs.

West Lothian easily defeated Freuchie, bowling the visitors out for just 50 and then reaching their target with no wickets down.