ON a day of drama in East Division 4 Dunfermline and Carnegie were crowned as champions last Saturday.

While the McKane Parkers were winning against Edinburgh University Staff, their two challengers, Melrose and Hawick and Wilton, were losing to Carlton and Peebles County respectively.

The Fifers took on the Uni side at the Meadows in front of a healthy crowd, boosted by Fringe audiences taking time out from shows at local theatres, and managed to make 120 in 40 overs on a wicket which favoured the bowlers.

David Miller top scored with an unbeaten 27 and Martin Honeyford posted 22.

The University side found the tight bowling of the DCCC attack hard to contend with in the conditions and wickets fell at regular intervals.

Skipper Bruce Callan took three wickets but the best return came from Honeyford who took four wickets for just one run.

The team finished with ten wins from their 13 games completed and nine per cent ahead of Melrose who will accompany them to Division 3.

Both president Honeyford and skipper Callan played down their own contributions in this game, preferring to look at the campaign as a whole.

Said Callan: "The team has played consistently well over the season, with a couple of exceptions, but it was a big day on Saturday for on paper we had the hardest game of the three.

"However, we batted sensibly and bowled well and by trapping their three main run scorers cheaply it really opened the door to get the win we needed."

Honeyford added: "It was what we set out to do at the start of the season and there were some excellent excellent contributions during the campaign from many players, with Vasu Reddy producing some outstanding performances with the bat which kept us in games at difficult times.

"It was also refreshing to see a number of younger players doing well and that augers well for the future."

The picture shows the team which won at the Meadows, back row left to right, Keith Graveling, David Miller, Ralph Laing, Bruce Callan, Murray Callan, David Cooper and Martin Honeyford. Front, Vasu Reddy, Justin Taylor, James Honeyford and Michael Goodchild.

Dunfermline and Carnegie (20) 120 for 7, D Miller 27 not out, M Honeyford 22, V Nagarajan 3 for 11.

Edinburgh University Staff (4) 41, M Honeyford 4 for 1, B Callan 3 for 13.

In the same division Broomhall lost by 43 runs to Drummond Trinity 2nd XI who posted 169 in 40 overs.

Division 7 featured two games involving local sides.

Broomhall 2nd XI (20) 135, B Melville 52, R Barnard 4 for 24.

Edinburgh South 2nd XI (6) 102 (6) 102, I Ross 39, L James 5 for 13, P Ward 3 for 30.

Dunfermline and Carnegie 2nd XI (2) 55, W Faisal 14, P Daughtrey 13, O Mair 3 for 6, G Armstrong 3 for 23.

Bass Rock (20) 56 for 4, R Joule 3 for 26, W Faisal 3 for 9.