DUNFERMLINE and Carnegie made a great start to their East League Division 3 cricket campaign on Saturday with a four-wicket win over Marchmont seconds at McKane Park.

The hosts put the Edinburgh side in to bat on winning the toss and tight bowling by Yasser Arfat and James Honeyford put them under pressure.

Runs came slowly and having to take chances to boost the scoring rate, wickets started to fall, with home player-coach Steve Rowley posing problems for the Marchmont middle order.

Some good catching saw the innings close on 90 in the 38th over.

Dunfermline and Carnegie lost some early wickets in reply but the ship was steadied by Arfat and Vasu Reddy, who put together a good partnership which took the sting out of the visiting attack, although they had lost five wickets for 60 runs.

The McKane Park side took their time to gather the 30 runs needed with Virat Varma making an unbeaten 22 and skipper Bruce Callan hit the winning run in the 31st over.

Callan was delighted with the result, saying: “We had to bat carefully after losing early wickets but it was great to make a winning start to our life in the new division and now we turn our attention to the trip to St Boswells this coming Saturday.”

Marchmont seconds (5) 90, (B Eager 25, S Rowley 3 for 10, M Honeyford 2 for 0, J Honeyford 2 for 18, D Wood 2 for 19).

Dunfermline and Carnegie (20) 91 for 6, (V Varma 22 not out, V Reddy 21, L Wood 3 for 16).

BROOMHALL lost to Peebles County at The Gytes on Saturday in their opening match in East League Division 4.

Batting first, Peebles scored steadily throughout their 40 overs and passed 200. It meant a tough task for Broomhall to maintain the required run rate and they ended up well short of the target.

Peebles County (20) 212 for 4.

Broomhall (3) 89.