Knights leave Greenock rooted

GREENOCK'S woes intensified yesterday when they were bowled out for just 53 in a 270-run defeat to Dunfermline Knights at McKane Park in the SNCL Premier Division.SNCL Premier Division.

The result leaves the Glenpark outfit bottom of the table with only one win as the season approaches the halfway mark, while the thumping came just eight days after they were bowled out for 47 against Forfarshire.

Batting first, the hosts, eager to make up for the previous week's loss to Clydesdale, rattled up 323-6 from their 50 overs. South African pro Alistair Gray was again the main man, his 104 being his third century of 2010, taking him over 500 league runs for the summer.

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Captain Gowtham Rai posted 98, while Australian Marshall Bunting provided some late big hitting to hoist the Fifers up over the 300 mark with 55 not out. In reply Greenock's batsmen put up little resistance and Vasu Reddy took full advantage to take 6-27 and lead his side to their fifth win since promotion to the top flight.

Leaders Grange bounced back from two straight losses to defeat reigning champions Aberdeenshire at Mannofield.

The visitors lost to Aberdeenshire three times last season in league and cup, but Sanjay Patel's men made sure it would not happen again with a clinical display.

Batting first, Scotland man Neil McCallum smashed 153 not out and Patel chipped in with 79 as they scored over 300 for the second week in a row in making 313-5.

Last weekend Uddingston chased down 341 to win, but Aberdeenshire never looked like threatening the 314 needed to win. Spinner Gregor Maiden took three wickets, Giles Holmes took two and there was also two run outs.

Second placed Watsonians recorded their fifth win on the spin with a 39-run victory at Hamilton Crescent over McCrea FS West.

The Edinburgh side batted first and recovered from 12-2 early on, openers James Easton and Ryan Flannigan going cheaply, to post 235 all out batting first.

Young talent Ewan Chalmers top scored with 59 while pro Tim Weston made 50 before the innings slowed up a bit despite some important middle-order runs from Stuart Chalmers.

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In reply Dougie Lockhart, who had batted so well for Scotland on Saturday, looked set to lead the hosts to a much-needed win. However, when he was out for 58 to Watsonians skipper Steve Paige, their innings began to falter and they were eventually 196 all out.

Carlton recovered from last weekend's loss to Watsonians to defeat Uddingston by six wickets at Bothwell Castle. Scotland internationalist Ross Lyons, fresh from a good showing against England 24-hours earlier, took 4-15 as the hosts were bowled out for just 152 after a tight bowling and fielding display from Carlton.

And in reply openers Fraser Watts and Preston Mommsen scored 55 and 60 respectively to keep up their good seasons as Carlton cruised to an away win in the 34th over.

The result keeps the Grange Loan men in the title race ahead of their Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy semi-final against Imans Edinburgh on Tuesday evening.

Young Scotland player Matt Parker blasted 91 not out as Forfarshire's good summer continued with a four wicket win over Clydesdale at Forthill.

Clydesdale scored 217 all out batting first, Kamran Sajid hitting 67 and Greig Williamson 43. Kelby Pickering took three wickets for the hosts.

In reply Parker and captain Ryan Watson, with 71, saw Forfarshire home despite a bit of a wobble. The victory sets things up nicely for Forfarshire's trip to Grange on Saturday in what should be a cracking contest.

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