CLACKMANNAN County First XI cruised to victory over Livingston 2XI in the latest round of matches in the shortened East of Scotland Cricket League.

The Arns side bounced back from defeat to Linlithgow as they edged out the Lothian outfit in an exciting contest on Saturday. 

Batting first, Livingston struggled to get started and were on just 40-2 after using up half of their allotted 30 overs. 

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There was some acceleration after the break, but Livingston still found runs hard to come by and closed on 97-6.

In a Clacks bowling performance marked by economical figures, the contributions of Lee Hartnoll (2-14) and Cameron Monk (1-17) saw the two players claim their maiden First XI wickets.

Livingston’s total never really looked competitive on a flat Arns wicket. 
That said, with the score at 32-4, the prospect of an unlikely Livingston victory began to rear its head.

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However, a cultured 21 from Dave Hunt and an explosive 13 from Tom Hutchison saw Clacks win comfortably by three wickets with four overs to spare.

Sunday’s Second XI game against Broomhall was a nail-biting affair as Clacks sought to defend a total of just 108, which comprised scores in the 30s from Zaid Shaffique. 

In response, Broomhall started slowly reaching just 38-2 at the half-way stage. 

The Broomhall middle order was able to increase the scoring rate and, at 101-4, there seemed no prospect of a Clackmannan victory. 

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However, some exceptional bowling from Duncan McConchie Snr (2 for 3) and Ali Arshad (3 for 4) completed a miraculous comeback as Clacks won by just 2 runs.

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