BROOMHALL Cricket Club recorded a morale-boosting win on Saturday to help their battle against relegation while Dunfermline and Carnegie’s promotion hopes took a significant tumble.

Both teams avoided the downpours that were hitting parts of the country and in East Division 3, Broomhall were at home to Murrayfield DAFS second XI and kept all 20 points in Charlestown.

With the teams occupying the bottom two slots in the table it was important that The Cairns team won this one and on being asked to bat they put together a very handy score.

Solid knocks by Hoefling and Marella were key to this with the latter making an unbeaten half century. Doherty’s 27 was a handy contribution as the hosts made 166 in their 40 overs.

DAFS lost wickets at regular intervals with the Broomhall attack bowling accurately and Marella was also prominent with the ball.

He captured a couple of wickets and Doherty chipped in with four at a key time to clinch a victory which reduces the gap between Broomhall and third-bottom Linlithgow.

Broomhall (20) 166 for 8, (B Marella 50 not out, C Hoefling 45, L Doherty 27, L Towns 3 for 13).

Murrayfield DAFS second XI (8) 131, (P Hawkins 32, L Doherty 4 for 20, B Marella 2 for 24, Ja Chalmers 2 for 14).

Dunfermline and Carnegie went to East Lothian to take on the Division 4 leaders and came home with a defeat.

Having won the toss and asking Tranent to bat, Bruce Callan captured two early wickets for the visitors which gave them a chance to press home their advantage. But middle order men Ali and Oltaf put together what turned out to be a match-winning partnership. Their efforts took the score up to 207 in 40 overs, which was a good total.

Dunfermline and Carnegie never got going, although James Spreng made a spirited 28. Callan also got in the 20s as did Lee but there was not enough consistent contributions to get them near the target.

The result leaves them in fifth place and needing a couple of wins to get back into the promotion race.

Tranent (20) 207 for 6, (A Ali 52, A Oltaf 55, B Callan 2 for 31, M Busby 2 for 33).

Dunfermline and Carnegie (7) 138 for 8, (J Spreng 28, B Callan 20, J Lee 20, A Ali 3 for 5).

In Division 7, Dunfermline and Carnegie second XI lost out by five wickets to Tranent second XI at McKane Park.

On being put in, the home team lost early wickets and at one stage were 42 for seven but a fine innings by Ralph Laing turned things around and got them to a decent total of 127.

In the field, Dunfermline and Carnegie bowled tidily but just could not break the stand of 75 between Muhkerjee and Srnivinason quickly enough and it helped Tranent get home by five wickets.

Dunfermline and Carnegie second XI (6) 127 for 8, (R Laing 70, P Dance 4 for 16, R Rizwan 3 for 44).

Tranent second XI 128 for 5, (P Srnivinason 40, K Muhkerjee 31).