Glenrothes make it six wins on the trot to hit league top spot

Kenny Crichton in batting action
Kenny Crichton in batting action

Glenrothes’ 1st XI have moved to the top of the ESCA Championship at the half way point of the season after a sixth win on the trot.

Against Penicuik 1st XI on Saturday, Glens were asked to bat first with openers Graeme Beghin and Greig Hopcroft racking up 82 runs from the first 20 overs.

Greig was the first wicket caught behind for 50 – an innings which included six fours and two sixes.

This brought skipper Chris Greaves to the crease who was unluckily ran out for only nine.

Graeme hit 50 before retiring hurt and Ben Wilkinson soon followed, being caught on the boundary, which brought Ryan Watson to the crease to join Robbie Wright with the score on 134.

The pair put on a 58-run partnership before Robbie was caught behind for 26.

Ryan continued before he was caught for 43. A couple of late cameos from Alec Davies (20) and Jordan Davidson (9) enabled Glens to reach 240/8.

Kenny Crichton and Jordan Davids opened the bowling and Penicuik got off to a flyer racing to 42/0 off eight overs.

The bowling change of Vasu Reddy brought luck with two wickets in two balls followed by a wicket in the next over leaving Penicuik 43/3.

Vasu finished with 3/14 with Kenny Crichton (2/21), Scott Lucas (2/18) and Chris Greaves (2/19) all picking up two wickets each as Penicuik finished 93 all out.

Glens 2nd XI lost their 100 per cent record with a defeat away to Penicuik. After restricting the hosts to 138, they failed with the bat falling 43 runs short.

The 3rd XI remain unbeaten with the star of the show being Bret Wardle taking seven wickets for 14 runs, while the 4th XI posted their first loss of the season with a defeat at home to Tranent 3rd XI.