THE East of Scotland Cricket Association league season came to a conclusion last weekend and Dunfermline and Carnegie finished mid-table in Division Two.

After a promising first half of the campaign, in their first season at that level following last year’s title success, an indifferent second half, which yielded just three victories, saw hopes of a second successive promotion falter.

In their final outing at Kirk Brae, their batsmen struggled on a very green wicket, where only Vasu Reddy and Raman Yousaf got in against steady bowling.

Although a total of 128 was always going to be vulnerable, fine bowling by Steve Rowley, as well as wickets taken in consecutive balls by Manbir Singh, helped ensure the last Kirk Brae pair at the crease needed three runs for victory.

That they managed, which edged them ahead of Dunfermline and Carnegie into fourth place, with McKane Park captain, Arfan Yousaf, commenting: “Yet another game we should have won but we batted poorly in difficult conditions, then just could not close them out in the last over of the innings.”

Dunfermline and Carnegie (8) 128, (V Reddy 37, R Yousaf 25, T Khan 4 for 28, U Tahir 2 for 40).

Kirk Brae 129 for 9, (M Gandhe 37, A Saleem 30, S Rowley 4 for 32, M Singh 3 for 28).

A disappointing season in Division Three for Broomhall ended with defeat to Drummond/Trinity second XI at The Cairns.

The home side, relegated the previous week, found themselves chasing a target of 249 but, although Ieuan Ward batted well, posting 34 runs onto their total, Broomhall’s innings never really got going as they fell to a 141-run defeat.

Drummond/Trinity second XI (20) 249 for 9, N Ramsay 2 for 44, A Gudgin 2 for 51.

Broomhall (7) 108, I Ward 34, J Chalmers 19.

There was a victory, however, for Dunfermline and Carnegie’s second XI against Kirk Brae second XI at McKane Park.

The home side piled on a huge total of 262 in their final Division Six fixture, with George Olney completing a century and Bruce Callan making 84.

While Kirk Brae started well, they collapsed as Callan and Denesh Deenadayalan shared six wickets on their way to helping Dunfermline and Carnegie win by 97 runs to finish fifth in the final standings.

Dunfermline and Carnegie 2nd XI (20) 262 for 4, G Olney 114 not out, B Callan 84, R Ali 3 for 32.

Kirk Brae 2nd XI (7) 165, A Biswas 71, B Callan 3 for 24, D Deenadayalan 3 for 37.