League champs beaten by Falkland

Safyaan Sharif
Safyaan Sharif
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Falkland Cricket Club recorded one of it’s finest ever victories on Saturday when they defeated reigning Scottish League champions Arbroath United by 39 runs in the Eastern Premiership.

Scroggie Park has witnessed many fine matches over a long and proud 154 year history but none more so than this victory which included an outstanding individual performance by Scottish internationalist Safaayn Sharif who scored 132 not out and took 3 for 48.

Following the demise of Jack Henderson, Adam Ferguson and Matt Surry, who was unfortunate to be given out LBW, Sharif was joined by the young New Zealander Brynn Cleaver who has been taking time to adjust to the slower Scottish wickets.

The pair did really well in moving the score on to 76 before Cleaver went LBW to Calvin Burnett.

Sharif was stroking the ball to all parts of the ground and showed great maturity with his shot selection and controlled aggression.

Stuart Campbell and Sharif added 40 runs for the sixth wicket with Campbell scoring seven but he did an excellent job in rotating the strike.

Sharif was dominating proceedings and some fine running between the wickets with the lower order kept the scoreboard moving along.

He brought up his hundred with a single and when the Falkland innings closed after the 50 overs they had amassed a very challenging total of 218 for 8.

Sharif finished on 132 not out and his innings of 119 balls included nine fours and four sixes.

Towards the end, Hurst failed to trouble the scorers and was caught by keeper Ryan off Hamilton’s bowling.

This wicket brought victory and mass celebrations from the Falkland players and home support.

Man of the match Sharif said: “I think it was the best knock of my career when you put it in context.

“We had lost some early wickets so we had to lay fresh foundations. I am delighted to be back in my home county – and it feels good to be representing a local club again.”

Falkland now sit at the top of Eastern Premiership.

This Saturday they are away on league business to Stoneywood Dyce and on Sunday it’s the Scottish Cup at Stenhousemuir.