The Individuals’s Park facet failed by eight runs to chase down the 243 for eight set by Falkland at Scroggie Park, a lot to the frustration of captain Jamie King in his comeback sport.
He mentioned: “We did nothing significantly improper in what was an excellent, aggressive sport, performed on what was an easy observe on which we actually ought to have made the perfect of.
Stoneywood-Dyce, not for the primary time this season, discovered themselves on the improper facet of a nail-biting end.
“We didn’t bowl significantly nicely, whereas Jan Stander was in magnificent type, scoring a splendid 111 however getting nice assist from Garreth Wolmarans who scored 55 of their partnership of 131.
“Garreth additionally bowled nicely, taking three for 34.
“We’ll simply need to knuckle down towards Arbroath at Individuals’s Park subsequent week if we’re to keep up our prime half of the league place within the league.”
Whereas Stander and Wolmarans had been on the wicket, the guests had seemed set to finish the double over Falkland however other than a gallant seventh wicket stand of 45 between Stander whose century, included 4 sixes and 13, and Ryan Williams, the Aberdeen facet had been unable to recover from the road as had been the case in three different video games within the prime Scottish league earlier within the season.
Having taken out the house facet’s prime two batsmen, skilled Harsha Cooray and captain Lyle Robertson with out both scoring, Stoneywood-Dyce would possibly moderately have been anticipated to bowl the Fifers out for lower than 243.
On the prime of the division Heriots routed challengers Grange after accumulating 354 after which dismissing their Edinburgh rivals for 194.
The race for title within the NE Championship appears to be like set to go the wire after the highest three all gained.
Leaders Aberdeenshire had been essentially the most spectacular victors working out 273 run winners at Mannofield the place 2nd Arbroath had been the hapless losers.
Shire amassed 334 for eight of which 158 was smashed in 88 balls by abroad newbie Dian Forrester who additionally starred with the ball, taking 4 wickets for 30 because the guests collapsed to 61 all out.
Captain Kenny Reid was once more among the many runs, hitting 45, however mentioned: “There isn’t any discuss of successful titles within the crew.
“We simply proceed to focus on one sport at a time, whereas specializing in coaching onerous for the following sport which is Freuchie, however we’re in a superb place.”
Second-placed Meigle beat Strathmore by 56 runs, however arguably the perfect efficiency of the day was at Freuchie the place third-placed Huntly ended the house facet’s slim title hopes within the final over of the sport.