THE captain of Dunfermline and Carnegie Cricket Club's first XI has said they need to play "much better" after they lost their second successive match.

George Olney is looking for improvements this weekend after the McKane Park outfit played their first East of Scotland Cricket Association League Division Two encounter of the campaign at home, but fell to a defeat against Selkirk.

That came a week after they were beaten away to Kelso in their opening match, by just 10 runs, and leaves them third bottom of the table.

Dunfermline and Carnegie won the toss and chose to bat first, but a mix-up saw Rajah Khurram run out for only five runs, before Alf Earnshaw and Olney began a recovery, adding 59 for the second wicket.

However, after the pair were parted, loose shots saw cheap wickets fall and, whilst five lower-order batters managed to reach double figures, nobody on the home side played a major innings.

Set a total of 148 to chase, Selkirk lost an early wicket, but an unbeaten partnership of more than 100 by brothers, Michael and Greg Fenton, saw them through to a comfortable nine-wicket victory.

"For the second successive week we found ways of getting out cheaply, and paid the penalty," Olney said.

"We must do much, much better at Clackmannan this Saturday."

Dunfermline and Carnegie (5) 148, A Hearnshaw 42, S Rowley 19, B Gillie 4 for 33, G Robbie 2 for 8.

Selkirk (20) 149 for 1, G Fenton 76 not out, M Fenton 40 not out.

Dunfermline and Carnegie's second XI, however, fared much better in Division Six as they registered their second win from two against Stewart's Melville fourth XI.

Talented youngster, Dylan Wood, scored his first century in the match, helping the visitors to a huge total of 270, with Manbir Singh keeping a firm grip on the hosts' batting, allowing the West Fifers to secure a huge 185-run victory.

Dunfermline and Carnegie 2nd XI (20) 270 for 2, D Wood 100, D Miller 52, M Singh 37, A Leitch 33.

Stewarts/Melville 4th XI (2) 86 for 5, F Laidlaw 37 not out, M Singh 4 for 15.

The third XI played their first match of their Division Eight campaign on Sunday, against Morton fourth XI, at McKane Park, but went down by 138 runs.

Morton 4th XI (20) 224 for 8, H Nair 45, F Zikry 36, Josh Parsonage 2 for 34, G Coles 2 for 39.

Dunfermline and Carnegie 3rd XI 86, G Coles 13, C Bond 12, R Ravanan 4 for 7, R Murugeson 2 for 13.

On Saturday, the third XI travel to play Westquarter and Redding second XI; the second XI host Kirk Brae second XI at McKane; and the first XI go to Clackmannan County.

Meanwhile, Broomhall began their Strathmore and Perthshire Cricket Union campaign with a win over Falkland third XI.

The match at The Cairns was reduced to 30-overs-a-side due to the weather forecast and, after losing the toss, home side Broomhall were put in to bat.

They went on to set a total of 240, with captain, Ieuan Ward, hitting a century, as they earned a 137-run win.

Broomhall 240 for 6, I Ward 117 not out, N Ramsay 53.

Falkland 3rd XI 103 for 7, N Ramsay 2 for 2.

This weekend, they are once more at home, against Kintloch third XI.