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There were runs aplenty at the Northern Meeting Park, Inverness, as Northern Counties hosted Fort William in the Black Dog Financial Services North of Scotland League on Saturday.
With the home side still in the hunt for the title they needed a win under their belt and gave themselves a great start by posting 232 for 6. Top scorer was Nuwan Eshwara with 84, backed up by 50 from Pat Cronin whilst D.J. Duncan took 3 for 32 for the visitors.
The Fort William reply pushed the home side all the way with Ash Anjum posting an attacking 79 and D.J. Duncan completing an all-round performance with 48.
However, 3 for 34 from Shaun Thomas helped Northern Counties restrict the visitors to 215 all out.
Northern Counties 20 points, Fort William 8 points.
Fellow title chasers Buckie CC also kept their hopes alive with a convincing win against Huntly at Castle Park.
Batting first the home side managed just 114 for 6, Callum Whyte featuring with 45 but Buckie knocked this off for the loss of only one wicket as Arnav Mehta made 65 and Martin Tremlett an unbeaten 44.
Huntly 2 points, Buckie 20 points.
Ross County were the visitors to Cooper Park, Elgin.
The Strathpeffer side have been setting challenging totals with the bat all season and continued their good form.
Jerry Bishop was unbeaten on 54 and Douglas Rennie and Graeme Carney added 40 apiece as they posted 197 for 5, whilst for Elgin Graham Strong took 2 for 25.
The Elgin reply pushed all the way and there were some nervous moments with Rick Wimble making 82 and Dave Fairgrieve 33.
However, the home side fell just short on 183 for 9, Renato Belli taking 2 for 12.
Elgin 7 points, Ross County 20 points.
Nairn were in all kinds of trouble in their fixture against Forres at Grant Park, making only 19 against the current league leaders.
Fraser Merricks took 4 for 6 with Gus Farr bagging 3 for 7.
Forres knocked off the runs needed for the loss of just one wicket in the sixth over.
Forres 20 points, Nairn 0 points.
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