DUNFERMLINE and Carnegie Cricket Club's first XI went down to their first league defeat in 18 starts in a run feast on Saturday.

The McKane Park outfit travelled to the capital to take on Edinburgh Accies second XI in round six of the East of Scotland Cricket Association (ESCA) Division Two campaign.

The West Fifers went into the match at the top of the table alongside Stewart's Melville seconds, who visit McKane this weekend, and, having taken first lease of the hard, fast wicket at Newfield, their skipper, Arfan Yousaf, set the pace.

That was to increase when Ian Worth came to the crease and played a variety of good shots that saw boundaries flow as he finished on an excellent, unbeaten innings of 138.

George Olney hit 68 as the score raced beyond 250, with the hosts set a challenging target of 290 runs.

However, the Dunfermline and Carnegie attack found it equally hard going, and the scoreboard rattled along at six-an-over, although a number of catches were dropped.

A century by Yogesh Khanchi maintained the home momentum and, while wickets were taken, it was not enough to stem the run flow as Edinburgh claimed victory by five wickets, with two overs to spare.

"We set a huge target which we should have been able to defend, however, we dropped key catches at key times and paid the penalty," Yousaf said.

"We must do better this Saturday against Stewart's Melville at McKane."

The result leaves Dunfermline and Carnegie second in the table with four wins from five games, on 89 per cent, 11 per cent behind Stewart's Melville seconds.

Dunfermline and Carnegie (8) 289 for 4, (I Worth 138 not out, G Olney 68, A Yousaf 44, P Pasila 2 for 40).

Edinburgh Accies 2nd XI (20) 291 for 5, (Y Khanchi 128, S Kabir48, T Banerjee 34, O Riaz 2 for 42, J Hutton 2 for 37).

Broomhall, meanwhile, were also on the end of defeat as Marchmont seconds claimed victory at The Cairns.

Batting first, the visitors scored heavily at five-runs-an-over, and then stepped up their scoring rate to end with a massive total of 285.

The reply from Broomhall never really got going, with Chris Hoefling the only home batter to make double figures, as they went down by 190 runs.

Marchmont 2nd XI (20) 285 for 7, (B Eagar 115, W Collier 54, P Ward 3 for 14, C Hoefling 2 for 49, A Gudgin 2 for 63).

Broomhall (6) 95, (C Hoefling 52, D Prakash 5 for 46, G Bevan 3 for 9).

In Division Six, Dunfermline and Carnegie seconds improved their position in the lower reaches of the table by beating bottom side Holy Cross seconds by 151 runs at McKane Park.

The home side batted confidently and a partnership of 152, between skipper Alan Leitch and David Miller, saw them reach 200.

Holy Cross got 16 off the first over of their innings but then collapsed completely.

Dunfermline and Carnegie 2nd XI (20) 200 for 3, (A Leitch 94 not out, D Miller 57 not out).

Holy Cross 2nd XI (2) 49, (J Honeyford 4 for 26, J Parsonage 2 for 4, R Cox 2 for 8, M Howis 2 for 9).