Saeed stars on debut
David Kelso (CricketMedia Scotland)
NEW Freuchie pro Usman Saeed made an instant impression on club stalwart David Cowan as they snatched a convincing win over Falkland in the Eastern First Division derby at Scroggie Park.
Work commitments prevented "The Coo" from lining up against their Fife rivals, but he saw enough to suggest Saeed will be a big threat this season.
After watching the leg-spinner snap up four cheap scalps, Cowan said: "He bowled well considering he had only just arrived in the country.
"It was a very good performance from the team in awkward conditions."
David's son Dale hit 41 to help Freuchie reach 144 before they dismissed Falkland for only 89, Saeed grabbing four for 25.
Fauldhouse pulled off a big shock by outgunning West Lothian on home turf. It was a tense affair from start to finish and the newcomers to the national stage sneaked their win by just one wicket.
SMRH hammered struggling Penicuik and Inverleith.
East Kilbride had feared the worst when they went into Western First Division battle with Prestwick minus several frontline stars.
But they produced superb display to claim a confidence-boosting six-wicket triumph at Torrance House - thanks mainly to the combined talents of their overseas recruit and an unsung teenager.
The seasiders posted a target of 195, but Joel Richardson (51) and Peter Bocock (78 not out) combined to force the home success.
EK president Brian Kampman said: "Joel has come through the junior ranks at the club and hasn't even been given district recognition, and Peter is our amateur from New Zealand.
"They batted pretty well and it was a very useful win when you consider we were without Stewart Kampman and Hari Singh."
Elsewhere in the West, pro Craig Huyser hit 101 to pave the way for Poloc's clear-cut success against Kelburne.
Ferguslie maintained their 100 per cent record by thumping Weirs by seven wickets - Zimbabwean hired had Mark Waller finishing the job while stranded four adrift of a richly deserved century.
And Renfrew were too strong for Stenhousemuir.