Cricket: McCallum hits out as Grange take second

leading the way: Grange's Neil McCallum delivered a knock of 88 against Heriot's. Picture: Greg Macvean
leading the way: Grange's Neil McCallum delivered a knock of 88 against Heriot's. Picture: Greg Macvean
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Barclays Grange skipper Neil McCallum’s great form with the bat continued on Saturday, his 88 helping his side defeat Heriot’s in a highly entertaining CSL Eastern Premier Division clash at Goldenacre.

The Stockbridge outfit are now second in the table behind unbeaten Arbroath after their second Edinburgh derby win on the spin.

Last weekend it was Watsonians who were put to the sword at Myreside, and Grange took the momentum from that into this one.

Batting first, the visitors made the most of another great batting wicket to post 290 all out with two balls of their 50 overs remaining.

McCallum, who had made 73 not out last week, led the way again with a composed innings while opener Ryan Flannigan made 46 and all-rounders Gregor Maiden and Iain Worth both made 45 apiece.

And the innings showed exactly why Grange are going to be a tough nut to crack this summer because they bat a long way down and the whole team is contributing at the moment.

Andre van Niekirk took 2-56 for the home side who, despite knowing they would be chasing a large total, will still have felt confident at the halfway stage with many of their batsmen also in form.

Last year’s Scottish Cup final hero Cameron Farrell took up the challenge for Heriot’s in their reply, hitting 136 and being well supported from Adam Lockhart-Krause who made 70.

In the end though they fell 11 runs short after a nerve-wracking last hour or so, and Grange claimed second place ahead of a road trip to Stoneywood-Dyce this coming weekend while Heriot’s are fifth and face a shorter trip to Carlton on Saturday.

SMRH got themselves up and running in the top flight on Saturday with a great win at Peoples Park against Stoneywood-Dyce.

Greg Bissett (27) and captain Cedric English put together a solid partnership of 77 opening the batting for SMRH.

English went on to make 87 and although the middle order failed, Rich Hannam’s 41 not out and 19 not out from Greg Ruthven saw the visitors make 226-5 from 50 overs.

Seamers Ollie Knight and Matt Coyle started off really well as they opened the bowling for SMRH, taking one and two wickets respectively with the latter getting the prize wicket of Jan Stander.

That left Stoneywood-Dyce 20-3 and all the SMRH bowlers chipped in to bowl them out for 181 in the 38th over.

That meant the visitors had won by 43 runs via D/L after Chris Bissett had taken three wickets and Coyle and Robin Crouch two each.

Carlton are in third and Watsonians bottom after the former won comfortably at Myreside. Watsonians’ And-rew Learmonth hit his highest ever score for the home first XI with 96 before being stumped down the leg side and Andrew Fraser-Harris’ good run continued with 42.

However, the score of 229-6 from 50 overs always looked a bit short and Carlton’s batsmen made sure that was the case.

Teenager Ruari Macpherson made 20 and Hamish Gardiner 73 opening the batting and it was left to captain for the day Fraser Watts (74 not out) and Kyle Stirling (41 not out) to see visitors Carlton home by eight wickets.

The most pleasing thing for Carlton about the win is that their young players keep stepping up to the mark when given opportunities and it bodes well for the future.

For ’Sonians the league season has not started well and without Dewald Nel, who was on Saltires’ duty, their bowling attack looks somewhat toothless. They will be hoping to kick-start things when they head up to Aberdeenshire this coming weekend.

Arbroath are top after they won away at Aberdeenshire, Fraser Burnett leading the way with 93 in a match affected by rain.

In the CSL Eastern First Division there was a win for West Lothian over Penicuik in another close contest.

Both teams had been involved in low-scoring matches seven days previously, but this one was different at Kirkhill.

Batting first, the visitors posted a decent 244-9 with Rhys Denby top-scoring with 42 and Fahad Ahmed making 38.

Alfie Pace managed to take five wickets for the men from Midlothian.

Calum Steel made 62 and Kris Steel, the skipper, 51 for Penicuik while Zeeshan Khalil also added 36.

They were bowled out for 235 however meaning that they lost by nine runs.

George Heath with three wickets was the pick of the West Lothian bowlers.

In other matches, Glenrothes defeated Dundee HSFP and Falkland saw off Freuchie.