Teams keep their title hopes alive

Forthill batsman Scott Cameron in action.
Forthill batsman Scott Cameron in action.

Forfarshire took a step closer to a return to Premier Division cricket through a 178-run win over DHSFP at Forthill on Saturday.

Meanwhile Forthill 2nd XI’s win at Coupar Angus on Sunday keeps them in the hunt for a league title, both with one game of the season remaining.

Falkland v Forfarshire

Forfarshire chose to bat first in the Dundee derby with Craig Wallace and Matt Parker facing the opening attach of Strachan and Milne. Seven tight overs from Strachan conceded just 14 runs but still the Forfs made good progress, reaching 50 without loss in the 14th over as a century partnership developed.

The introduction of Singye accounted for Parker, LBW for 58 at 129 for 1 in the 31st over. Scott Cameron made his intentions clear by hitting 10 from Singye’s next over, and his 39 saw the Forfs pick up the run rate heading into the last 10 overs having come to the wicket just as High School had slowed the scoring rate. Wallace fell for an excellent 92 and it took a superb 44 from Scott Galloway to maintain the Forfs scoring rate in the final overs to see Forfarshire post 274 for 7.

A series of single figure scores from the visiting batsmen quickly had Forfs well in control of the game with Dale Sweeney, 4 for 30, bowling a lively spell of eight overs that included the wicket of dangerman Strachan. Liam Sweeney’s introduction in the 23rd over saw two wickets in as many overs to reduce High School to 67 for 8 and only the resistance of Horne, 39 not out, saw the visitors up to a final total of 96.

S&PCU Division One

Coupar Angus v Autoecosse Forthill

Forthill 2nd XI visited Coupar Angus on Sunday and three wickets for Gordon Walker, 3 for 27, along with two apiece for Morgan Sargeant, 2 for 19 and Rory Johnston, 2 for 30, saw the home side all out for 190 in the 45th over. The Forthill run chase saw Christian Robertson out early after edging Oswald to Thorne in the slips, but a superb 92-run partnership between Johnston, 69, and Callum Garden, 39, saw Forthill recover well which allowed Jack Hogarth to play some attacking shots and record a fine 50 not out as Forthill reached their target with eight overs and seven wickets in hand.

Coupar Angus

M. Nelson ct Johnston b McConachie 17

A. Neave jnr ro 5

R. Thorne ct McConnachie jnr b Johnston 22

R. Eddington ct Welsh b Johnston 5

G. Croll ct McConnachie jnr b Walker 47

C. Oswald b Welsh 13

G. Carneigie ct Garden b Walker 5

F. Wann b Sargeant 6

A. Neave b Walker 7

M. Ansell st garden b Sargeant 2

D. Stewart no 0

Total 10 wickets 44.5 overs 190

O M R W

R. Thorne 4 0 17 0

C. Oswald 9 0 49 1

A. Neave jnr 7 0 29 0

G. Carneigie 4 0 36 1

M. Nelson 8 1 25 1

G. Croll 5 0 30 0

Forthill 2nd XI

C. Robertson ct Thorne b Oswald 0

C. Garden ct Croll b Carneigie 39

R. Johnston ct Eddington b Nelson 69

J. Hogarth no 50

C. McConnachie jnr no 5

Did not bat – C. McConnachie snr, S. Sim, S. Hill, C. Welsh, M. Sargeant, A.G. Walker.

Extras 28

Total 3 wickets 37 overs 191

O M R W

S. Hill 9 1 23 0

J. Hogarth 6 1 18 0

C. McConnachie jnr 6 0 38 1

R. Johnston 6 0 30 2

C. Welsh 7 0 29 0

A.G. Walker 7.5 2 27 3

M. Sargeant 3 0 19 2

Result: Forthill 2nd XI won by seven wickets.

S&PCU Division Three

Autoecosse Forthill 3rd XI v Meigle

Forthill 3rd XI

A. Cameron ct 42

G. Carnegie b Craig 22

R. Lloyd b R. Clark 8

F. McNicol ct b Muzz 26

C. Walker b Leese 21

B. Walker ct b Muzz 0

J. Girolami jnr b Scott 7

K. Naranayan b 1

I. Lockhart no 13

J. Girolami snr no 1

Did not bat - C. Hayes

Extras 53

Total 8 wickets 194

O M R W

I. Lockhart 8 0 35 1

A. Cameron 8 0 38 2

B. Walker 5 0 25 0

C. Hayes 2 0 14 0

C. Walker 4 1 18 1

G. Carnegie 5 0 24 1

J. Girolami 3 0 10 1

K. Naranayan 2 0 9 0

F. McNicol 0.2 0 2 0

Meigle

M. Lockley b Lockhart 12

R. Clark c Walker b Carnegie 25

C. Clark b Cameron 8

F. Ross b Cameron 3

C. Morrison ct Lockhart b Walker 32

M. Scott b Girolami 16

D. Leese b Carnegie 3

C. Leese no 46

J. Walker no 0

Did not bat - L. Ryan

Extras 63

Total 8 wickets 195

O M R W

M. Lockley 7 1 29 1

R. Clark 4 0 22 0

C. Clark 7 0 26 2

C. Leese 6 0 18 1

Result: Forthill 3rd XI lost by two wickets.

Fixtures: Saturday, August 31, Cricket Scotland League – Penicuik v Forfarshire, Kirkhill, 12 noon. S&PCU Division One – Forthill 2nd XI v Breadalbane, 1 p.m. Sunday, friendly – Largo v Forthill 2nd XI, East Drive, Largo, 1 p.m. S&PCU Division Two – Forthill 3rd XI v Arbroath United XI, 1 p.m.