Burnett hundred helps Arbroath to vital win
David Kelso (CricketMedia Scotland)
JUBILANT Arbroath skipper Fraser Burnett last night relived one of the best shots of his career - and admitted it was worth every penny of the £25 it cost him!
Captain courageous Fraser was on 85 going into the final over of the innings against Aberdeenshire at Mannofield.
And he smashed Tyler Buchan for three boundaries, including a huge last-ball six to reach second century in successive seasons at the ground.
It was an effort that inspired Arbroath to break their Eastern Premiership duck, and earned them a pile of self-belief in their quest to climb the table.
Burnett chuckled: "I was on 95 with one delivery left and I wondered about just trying for a four so I wouldn't have to fork out another £25 for a jug of beer in the clubhouse - a batsman has to do that for every 50 runs he scores.
"But I couldn't resist the temptation to go for the big one and I struck it well. It was well worth the price!
"On a personal level, it was definitely one of my best performances - but more importantly it helped us get the win we so badly wanted.
"I am sure we can now put the first half of the season behind us and prove ourselves to be be a strong unit until the end of the season.
"It was quite tough out there and it was a case of keeping my concentration and battling away."
He faced 123 balls, which featured 12 fours and two sixes, as Arbroath made 203.
The quality of his contribution was accentuated by the fact that none of his colleagues was able to score more than 27.
Burnett's attack then carried on the good work by reducing the Dons to 18 for four and only a battling 85 by pro Harsha Cooray prevented total devastation as they made 172.
Watsonians also remain in contention following their tense and dramatic two-wicket victory over Forfarshire at Broughty Ferry.
The Chalmers clan emerged as the men who mattered most for the capital outfit after Shire had looked set to sneak it.
Scott Galloway (55), Graeme Garden (37) and Aman Bailwal (30) had guided them to 198 for nine, with Stuart Chalmers taking four wickets.
The excitement level surged when Sonians grabbed the success with four balls and two men to spare.
Ewan Chalmers provided the stability with 71 not out, while Andrew Fraser-Harris offered stout support with 46.
There was also a thrilling climax at Grange Loan, where Heriot's needed 12 off the last 10 balls with only one wicket in hand against Carlton.
And Peter Ross refused to let the pressure get to him as he struck the decisive boundary for the Goldenacre brigade.
Toby Bailey (52) and Jamie Kerr (41) propelled Carlton to 192, while Sean Weeraratna and Cam Farrell each grabbed three wickets.
David Ross led the Heriot's response with 67, however it was Peter's 37 not out that won the day.
The depth of Grange's batting line-up was again underlined when they completed a clinical demolition job on Stoneywood-Dyce.
No fewer than five of them passed the 30-mark at Peoples Park as the capital outfit stepped up their quest for success.
Wicketkeeper Simon Smith led the way with a half-century, while Giles Holmes (46 not out), Henry Edwards (41), Sanjay Patel (34) and Gregor Maiden (34) propelled them to a lofty 274 for seven.
The hosts were never in the hunt and they limped to 82 all out - Maiden following up with a lethal burst of three for six.