DUNFERMLINE and Carnegie Cricket Club lost to Falkland in a pre-season friendly at McKane Park last Saturday.

The hosts, whose first team will play in the East of Scotland Cricket Association’s Division Four alongside Broomhall, took on Falkland’s second XI in their only scheduled friendly ahead of their opening game on April 29 against Hawick & Wilton.

The Division Two visitors were always likely to provide a tough test and, batting first, Falkland produced a solid innings, with impressive knocks by Ewan Sloan (75) and Matt Surry (50) and Lyle Robertson (17 not out) as they posted a total of 227 all-out for the home side to chase.

Dunfermline and Carnegie were bowled out for 91 and club president Richie Barclay said: “The game was a good run-out against a strong Falkland team.

“We have the first team playing in Division Four and the second team in Division Seven and we hope that both will be looking at gaining promotion. Last year, we had a bit of a wobble that stopped the firsts from getting promotion but the seconds have kept the nucleus of the team and they’ll be better for the year they had last year, so things are looking good.”

The seconds’ season begins on May 13 when they travel to Boroughmuir seconds.