Muir hold on to top spot

Fifers and Westquarter bowled over

STENHOUSEMUIR comfortably held on to their top spot in SNCL North with a convincing win over Dunfermline at the Tryst last Saturday.

They scored 240 for 5 and bowled the Fifers out for 100. Arbroath, winners over Stirling County, are now second while Dunfermline slip to fifth below Forfarshire.

A fine opening partnership of 129 between Jonathan Beukes and Andrew Thompson set up the victory.

Beukes was the first to go bowled by Peachey for 67 and Tom Ferrier moved up the order to replace Beukes and play the anchor role and also blunt the threat of Waqas Ahmed, Dunfermline's fast bowling professional.

At 155, Thompson was caught by Hutton again off Peachey for 66. At this point 'Muir missed the fire power of Graham Gardner, who is on holiday, to move the score on rapidly, but with Ferrier keeping one end secure , Amir Shazhad made 31 before being run out.

Willie Taylor departed first ball in an effort to push the scoring rate up and Peter Moses hit 8 off 5 balls before he, too, perished in the quest for quick runs.

At the end of 50 overs, Ferrier was 38 not out and Ian McDonald 1 not out.

The 240 for five was a respectable total and McDonald's hour was about to come.

With Graham Gardner already missing from the attack 'Muir could ill afford to lose another bowler but this they did as Shazhad injured a hand attempting a caught and bowled and had to go to hospital for x-rays.At this point Dunfermline were 16 for 2,Shazhad having bowled Stuart Campbell for 1 and Matt Weston having Kristal caught by Andrew Thompson for 3.Tom Ferrier and Ian McDonald now took up the attack and together they accounted for the remaining batsmen as the Fifers were all out for 100.McDonald took 6 wickets including the vital ones of Waqas Ahmed clean bowled for 17 and top scorer David Miller who made 38.Ferrier took 2 for 41 and Mcdonald 6 for 29.

The 2nd XI stayed in second place in East League Division 4 by beating Westquarter away (see match details below).

On Saturday 'Muir are at home to West Lothian and the 2nd XI are away to Leith Franklin Beige. The Sunday XI are away to Dunnikier.

bbh Stenhousemuir 240 for 5 ( J.A.Beukes 67; A.M.Thompson 66 ) 25pts.

Dunfermline 100 all out. (I.McDonald 6 for 29; T.S Ferrier 2 for 41 ) 4 pts.

The Masterton Trophy Final v Grange will take place to-night (Thursday) at Carlton Cricket Club with a 6 p.m. start.

(East Division 4)

WESTQUARTER were missing the two batsmen who scored the majority of the runs in the previous week.

Visitors Stenhousemuir won the toss and invited Westquarter to bat in humid and cloudy conditions. With a changed line-up Colin Fox opened the innings with Steve Sutton looking to make a solid start and keep wickets in reserve.

The pair looked in little trouble until Steve managed to scoop a full toss into the air to be caught for six with the score on 11. Umar Aslam came to the crease and immediately looked at home pushing the scoring rate along as Colin provided stalwart defence at the other end. The score had reached 31 before Fox was bowled and thoughts turned to previous batting collapses.

Although Abdul Baqi showed his attacking intent and started to get after the Stenhousemuir bowling, the innings lost its way a bit as Aslam went for 21, followed by four other wickets including Baqi on 26 to leave Westquarter on 86 for 7. With a score of less than 100 looming, Kevin Doherty and then Craig Sharp provided a rearguard action regularly finding the boundary.

Doherty's departure for 15 with the score on 113 allowed Jim Sharp to join son Craig at the wicket. Craig continued to attack the bowling and was eventually bowled for an entertaining 25, the last wicket fell soon after as the innings closed on 140.

Stenhousemuir set about their task in a confident manner and both Dirom and Duncan punished any loose deliveries and looked to run quick singles at every opportunity.

Westquarter were not at their best with the ball or in the field as each batsmen received a life courtesy of dropped catches, one though was a difficult caught and bowled chance.

With the score on 40 Westquarter made the breakthrough as Colin Fox bowled Dirom behind his legs for 22. This only served to accelerate the scoring rate as Patridge took a liking to the Bailliefields square. As Westquarter rotated the bowling attack Patridge continued to find the boundary and Stenhousemuir were rapidly approaching the finishing line.

There was one last wicket as Duncan was caught behind by Sutton from the bowling of Baqi, but the inevitable end came in the 36th over as Stenhousemuir won by eight wickets.

Details: Westquarter 140 all out (four points) (A. Baqi 26, C. Sharp 25, U. Aslam 21, G. Rai three for 31).

Stenhousemuir 2nds 141 for 2 (20 points) (J. Patridge 57 not out, S. duncan 38, J. Dirom 22, A. Baqi one for 19).

Next week Grange IV away, Division 4. 1 p.m. start.