Mommsen called up by Leicestershire
David Kelso (CricketMedia Scotland)
CARLTON will be without Scotland all-rounder Preston Mommsen for several weeks - yet skipper Fraser Watts is delighted.
Mommsen has been called up by Leicestershire for the defence of their T20 county crown after impressing Grace Road chiefs while on trial in a couple of four-day Championship matches.
Watts, who was also celebrating Carlton's return to winning ways in the CS Eastern Premier Division, said: "This is great news for Preston and it reflects well on the club and Scottish cricket in general.
"It is a big opportunity for him and I am sure he will perform to a high standard."
Watts hailed the accuracy of his seam attack in the wake of the demolition job on Aberdeenshire at Grange Loan.
The picture looked far from promising when the hosts were dismissed for just 138, but the bowlers rose to the challenge to skittle the Mannofield men for a dismal 64.
The captain stated: "It was a green track and I wasn't too worried about our total in the circumstances.
"I knew that if the seamers put the ball on the right spot we would have a pretty good chance."
Omar Ahmad was the pick of them, snapping up five for 13 - but Watts insisted: "It was a true team effort.
"Gordon Drummond bowled superbly first-up and John Hutton certainly looked the part."
Both Saltires skipper Drummond and youngster Hutton were on hat-tricks as the Dons surrendered their last six wickets for a mere 13 runs.
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Grange were the latest assailants as they cruised to success at Lochlands.
The target of 178 never looked likely to test the capital troops and they eased to glory with seven wickets and eight overs to spare.
Only Calvin Burnett (36) was able to put up any meaningful resistance to the visiting attack, for whom veteran Stuey Davidson starred with three for 28.
The depth of Grange's batting was underlined by the fact that four of their top five passed the 30 mark.
Gregor Maiden (43) and Neil McCallum (31) laid the foundations before Smudger Smith (35 not out) and Stuart Moffat (33 not out) finished the job.
Calvin Burnett's all-round skills shone through in the face of adversity as he bagged all three Grange wickets for 28.
And to cap another disappointing weekend for the Tayside clubs, Forfarshire succumbed to Heriot's at Broughty Ferry.
In spite of a five-wicket haul for Dale Sweeney, the Edinburgh outfit made 228 for eight, thanks mainly to 57 apiece from David Ross and Qasim Ashraf.
Brendan Ford (53), Aman Bailwal (30) and skipper Craig Wallace (30) gave the hosts a chance, but the lower order were unable to maintain the momentum when it mattered and they were bundled out for 193.
Stuart Chalmers was in prime form for Watsonians as they maintained their 100 per cent record with an emphatic victory over hitherto form horses Stoneywood-Dyce at Peoples Park.
The inspirational captain Chalmers hit 88 of his side’s 214-6 while namesake Ewan made 64 and Craig Wright 40.
Chalmers then claimed three wickets, a feat match by Mike Legget as Stoneywood were shot out for 94.