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Only two matches survived the final round of games in the NoSCA Senior league on Saturday, but there was enough play at Grant Park for Forres St Lawrence (pictured) to clinch their third title in six years with an emphatic win over Elgin.
THE LINKS - Highland 192-3 (20) (R.Nixon 4- 20). Nairn County 60 all out (1) (E.Smith 98, D.Wolton 51)
GRANT PARK - Forres St Lawrence 210-7 (20) (P. Dhami 117). Elgin 88 all out (4) (S. Barron 4 for 18)
After losing the toss the home side were asked to bat first under cloudy skies and despite some testing opening bowling, particularly from young McCarthy, Pal Dhami moved serenely to his second century of the league season.
His knock of 117 anchored the home side’s total of 210 for 7 off 45 overs.
The Elgin reply never broke the shackles of accurate opening spells from Derek Ross and Gus Farr and although the lower order managed a few lusty blows they were all out for just 88. Steve Barron was once again the leading wicket taker, snapping up 4 for 18.
Forres 20 points – Elgin 4 points.
In the only other game to be completed, Highland had an equally convincing win over Nairn County at the Links.
The visitors batted first and were indebted to Euan Smith (98) and Dave Wolton (51) for posting a challenging forst innings score of 192 for 3.
This proved far too many for the hosts who, not for the first time this season, capitulated to just 60 all out.
Most of the damage was caused by visiting skipper Rob Nixon taking four wickets to bring his tally to 26 for the season, one ahead of Steve Barron (Forres) and Renato Belli (Ross County).
Highland 20 points – Nairn 1 point.
The 2017 NoSCA Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday 21st October at the Clubhouse Hotel in Nairn.
The guest speaker is Jeremy Coney, former captain of New Zealand and current expert summariser on SkySports.
Tickets are available at £30 each from your local club or via the NoSCA website: www.nosca.net
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