‘SHIRE DOMINATE WEEKEND MATCHES

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Forfarshire maintained their position at the top of the Eastern First Division with a six-wicket win over West Lothian at Boghall on Saturday.

They then followed that with a Cricket Scotland Trophy win over Ayr on Sunday to qualify for the semi-finals and a trip to Uddingston on Sunday August 4.

West Lothian v Forfarshire

West Lothian reached 92 for 3 from 28 overs through a 48-run partnership from Denby and Raven but the introduction of Liam Sweeney saw the game change dramatically as the home side slumped to 118 all out with Sweeney taking 6 for 26.

Denby sparked the collapse with an attempted slog sweep over mid-wicket that saw a leading edge fly high to Tim Hancock at extra cover and along with a wicket apiece for Graeme Black and Scott Cameron, West Lothian lost seven wickets in the space of 12 overs.

The Forfs’ response saw Matt Parker and Scott Galloway out early against the pace of West Lothian’s Thomson, but 67 not out from Craig Wallace saw them through to a comfortable victory in the 23rd over.

West Lothian

A. McNab ct C. Wallace b Scoular 12

R. Denby ct Hancock b L. Sweeney 32

G. Thomson lbw Scoular 2

D. Drylie ct C. Wallace b Cameron 5

A. Raven b L. Sweeney 24

T. Vorster st C. Wallace b L. Sweeney 14

I. Sneddon lbw L. Sweeney 0

G. Blackwell ct Scoular b L. Sweeney 2

G. Heath ct McCandless b Black 5

D. Bennie st C. Wallace b L. Sweeney 1

J. Hamilton no 0

Extras 21 Total 10 wickets, 39.1 overs 118

O M R W

J. Hamilton 7 2 27 0

G. Thomson 6 2 23 2

G. Heath 3 0 27 1

G. Raven 3 0 23 0

R. Denby 2 0 8 0

G. Blackwel l 1 0 5 1

A. McNab 0.3 0 4 0

Forfarshire

M. Parker ct Denby b Thomson 2

C. Wallace no 67

S. Galloway ct Sneddon b Thomson 4

E. McCandless ct Drylie b Heath 8

S. Cameron ct Sneddon b Blackwell 9

T. Hancock no 2

Did not bat – T. Scoular, D. Sweeney, A. Wallace, L. Sweeney, G. Black.

Extras 29

Total 4 wickets, 22.3 overs 121

O M R W

T. Scoular 9 1 34 2

D. Sweeney 6 1 16 0

S. Cameron 6 0 17 1

A. Wallace 5 1 10 0

L. Sweeney 7.1 0 26 6

G. Black 6 1 9 1

Result: Forfarshire won by 6 wickets.

Cricket Scotland Trophy

‘Shire travelled to Ayr on Sunday and chose to bat first in hot and sunny conditions.

Craig Wallace, 70 and Scott Galloway, 44 laid the foundations for a big score as the Forfs passed 100 in the 22nd over for the loss of just one wicket. Graeme Garden and Wallace pushedthe score towards 200 with Garden scoring freely.

A flurry of wickets followed as Forfs pushed for runs, the last wicket falling with the total on 247.

Michael Watson took two wickets early on and a wicket for Dale Sweeney set the Forfs on their way. There was further drama when Watson hit the stumps twice in two balls as the Ayr batting line-up crumbled to 54 for 6.

Liam Sweeney completed the rout with two late wickets to see Forfarshire win by 133 runs and qualify for a semi-final trip to Uddingston on Sunday August 4.

Forfarshire

M. Parker b S. McElnea 2

C. Wallace b A. McElnea 70

S. Galloway st Smith b A. McElnea 44

G. Garden b Speirs 77

S. Cameron ct and b A. McElnea 11

T. Weed ct Smith b Leck 9

D. Sweeney ro 0

A. Wallace ct Schofield b Leck 7

G. Black ro 5

L. Sweeney no 1

M. Watson ct Smith b S. McElnea 0

Extras 21

Total 10 wickets, 49.1 overs 247

O M R W

D. Sweeney 8 1 33 3

M. Watson 9 2 36 4

G. Black 4.3 0 23 0

L. Sweeney 3 0 15 2

Ayr

N. Smith ct C. Wallace b Watson 5

N. Logan ct Garden b D. Sweeney 12

E. Speirs ct Parker b D. Sweeney 4

D. Johnstone ct C. Wallace b Watson 6

A. McElnea no 34

S. McElnea b Watson 13

L. Speirs b Watson 0

M. Schofield ct C. Wallace b D. Sweeney 0

R. McKelvie b L. Sweeney 16

R. Henderson st C. Wallace b L. Sweeney 0

C. Leck ro 0

Extras 24

Total 10 wickets, 24.3 overs 114

O M R W

S. McElnea 12.1 3 36 2

M. Schofield 7 0 40 0

A. McElnea 13 0 66 3

D. Johnstone 5 0 34 0

E. Speirs 8 0 49 1

C. Leck 4 0 13 2

Result: Forfarshire won by 133 runs.