Aman Bailwal last night shrugged off his brilliant bowling in the Angus derby to praise batsmen Craig Wallace and Scott Galloway, writes David Kelso.
Bailwal picked out the pair in the wake of Forfarshire's demolition of Arbroath at Lochlands. The result underlined the Easter Premier prospects of the Broughty Ferry team, and was the worst possible start to the home club's 125th anniversary celebrations.
Skipper Wallace and Galloway each notched a half-century to propel their side to a solid but hardly daunting 221 before Bailwal grabbed the limelight with a burst of four for 15. Gordon Black weighed in with three cheap wickets to leave Arbroath on 50 all out in fewer than 18 overs.
Bailwal said: "It was a wonderful result and it was down to making sure we did the basics right.Bowling wise, the ball was doing a bit in the air and there was some help from the pitch – so it was a case of putting it in the right areas.
But it was the solidity of Wallace (66) and Galloway (53) that impressed Bailwal, adding: "They batted really well. The fact that no one else in the match passed the 30-mark says it all."
There were thrills aplenty at Myreside where even a century by Steve Knox could not prevent Heriot's being edged out in the capital derby with Watsonians.
Knox and co fancied their chances when they made 286 for six – before Saltires pro Jean Symes smashed 136 to inspire Watsonians to success by one wicket with a ball to spare.
Having been frustrated by the elements, Grange got their campaign off to a belated but powerful start with a convincing victory over hitherto unbeaten Aberdeenshire at Mannofield.
Captain Neil McCallum starred with both bat and ball, and there was no way back for the hosts after they crashed to 113 all out, McCallum earning three for 26 – two of his victims departing in successive deliveries.
McCallum – in tandem with former skipper Sanjay Patel – then watchfully steered the Edinburgh side to the winning post. Patel ended on 65 not out, with McCallum unbeaten on 23.
Stoneywood-Dyce produced another excellent performance to beat Carlton on enemy territory. The visitors surged to 248 for seven with half-centuries by Taariq Chiecktey and Jan Stander, while Gordon Goudie hit 44. Carlton could not raise the tempo at the crucial stage and fell six adrift.