More admits toiling Corstorphine stuck in a rut

SKIPPER Robert More said last night that a series of niggling setbacks were responsible for RH Corstorphine's below-par campaign so far.

The loss of three frontline players in Preston Mommsen, Kevin McLaren and Paddy Sadler has, says More, had much more of an impact that some people think.

He said: "It would be wrong to suggest we haven't missed the likes of Preston and Kevin because any team would be affected to an extent by the departure of talent like that."

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The latest jolt to Corstorphine's confidence came when they crumbled to defeat at the hands of pacesetters Dumfries.

Though More was at a wedding and unable to play, he summed up his side's season as "frustrating".

He added: "Our confidence took a knock when we lost to Weirs in a match we had been in control of. And as in other sports, losing can start to become a habit, just as winning can. The bottom line is that we are simply not playing well enough and we are not helping ourselves by persistently giving away a lot of extras. Having said all that, the shortcomings are only minor. However, when they are all lumped together the small things can start to have a big bearing on a team's fortunes."

In a rain-hit contest, Dumfries made 255 for eight in their 50 overs, Josh Geary leading the run charge with 92 and Scott Beveridge hitting 81. RH Corstorphine were set a revised target of 125 in 29 overs, but could only reach 104 for three.

Kruger van Wyk thumped his second century in successive weeks to inspire West Lothian to a 112-run win against Kelburne.

Ferguslie, sore from their hammering by Van Wyk last weekend, got back to winning ways – largely thanks again to the run-scoring prowess of pro Prav Mullick.

He hit 79 to propel them to 267 for five before Greig Cameron and Richard Rutnagur shared seven scalps to dismiss Imans Edinburgh for 108.

Weirs proved again they are capable of beating anyone as they snatched the scalp of Freuchie by two wickets at Muir Road.

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Finally, at George V Park, Renfrew romped to a comfortable triumph against SMRH, who were shot out for a meagre 105 in reply to the home side's commanding 230 for seven.