After four consecutive away games to kick off the league season, Watsonians returned to Myreside and marked the occasion with a comfortable victory over fellow strugglers Glenrothes to pick up their first points of the campaign.
The game got off to the perfect start when, having lost the toss and been asked to bowl first, Sonians picked up a wicket in the first over of the match as Nel clean-bowled the Glenrothes opener. The pace bowlers made life difficult for the batsmen with plenty of swing and seam movement early on, but some patient batting from the opposition top order meant wickets were hard to come by. The breakthroughs came courtesy of an excellent spell from Munsey (2-20 off 8 overs) but with wickets in hand going in to the second half of the innings, Glenrothes looked to build on their steady start. Scotland all-rounder Safyaan Sharif (78) led the attack with some impressive clean-hitting and it looked like a score well beyond 250 was likely. The only positive of the onslaught was that TC was able to add to the already extensive list of grounds he’s been hit out of (his words, not mine!). Thankfully, a flurry of wickets in the closing overs from Cullen (1-57), Carson (3-32) and Nel (2-37) restricted the away team to a competitive total of 230-8 from the allotted overs.
After the interval, Carson and O’Connell set about chasing down the target. Some good early bowling made run-scoring tough but the opening pair soon got ahead of the target rate and after O’Connell (26) was bowled, captain Ewan Chalmers joined Carson and the two continued to bring the required rate down by regularly finding the fence. Despite numerous close LBW appeals (!), both passed fifty and it was looking like Sonians would cruise to victory. It wasn’t to be quite that simple, however, as both Carson (71) and Chalmers (67) were run out, leaving a potentially nervy finish for a side lacking confidence. But Andrew Chalmers (33*) eased the tension and finished the run-chase in style with three consecutive boundaries (maybe it was the promise of steak pie that meant he wanted to finish it off quickly?) to give Watsonians a deserved 6 wicket victory with 7 overs to spare. The team will be hoping this performance can kick-start the season and will be looking for a repeat of this result when they come up against Arbroath next weekend.