IN normal circumstances, an unbeaten century by skipper Ewan Chalmers would be the highlight of any Watsonians victory.

However, that was far from being the case on Saturday at Mannofield, where they ended the first half of a jittery campaign on a positive note.

Chalmers is no stranger to three figures, but he admitted he has never reached the magical milestone and at the same time be comprehensively upstaged.

It was Mike Carson who emerged as the real star of the show as the notched a quite marvellous 175 to sink Aberdeenshire.

Chalmers couldn’t disguise his admiration for Carson as he said: “I thought I was catching him up at one point - then all of a sudden he had twice as many runs as I had.

“It really was a special innings. He simply took the game away with him once he had got past 80.”

Chalmers added: “Our campaign has been challenging for us and some things haven’t gone our way - but I think we earned some reward at Aberdeen.”

Sonians surged to 336 for three before reducing the Dons to 16 for five.

They refused to buckle completely and Callum Mackanness became the third centurion of the contest as they reached a respectable 221.

Lewis Dingle was the pick of the Watsons attack with five for 37.

With top two Grange and Heriot’s taking the honours at the expense of Stew-Mel and Arbroath respectively, Forfarshire bolstered their third-place status by demolishing the strugglers of Glenrothes at Forthill.

Rory Johnston hit 84 and Michael Leask 68 to propel the Taysiders to 313 for eight.

Then skipper Umair Mohammed added four wickets to his half century to send the Fifers sliding to 142 all out.

A delighted Mohammed stated: “It was a fine performance and a very solid win.

“We can’t be far off being the youngest team in the league and it’s nice to see that the exposure that these boys are getting to high quality cricket is paying off.

“We are at the half way point in the season and a couple of months ago if anyone told me we would be sitting third at this stage then I would have taken that.

“We are simply aiming to take one game at a time just now and continue enjoying being in each other’s company and having fun on a Saturday.”

Hayes van der Berg (84) was the mainstay of the Heriot’s success against an understrength Arbroath at Goldenacre, while Gordon Goudie’s four wicket burst paved the way for Grange to easily beat Stew-Mel at Inverleith.

Mike Castle’s half century was the foundation for Carlton to force a tense 10-run victory over RHC Lions at Barnton.