Aberdeenshire ended their Eastern Premier season with a narrow 37-run defeat in Edinburgh.
Shire failed to cope with the off-spin of Scotland’s George Munsey who rattled through the tail, handing Watsonians a victory they scarcely deserved.
Vice-captain Kenny Reid was disappointed with the outcome and said: “Chasing 212 to win at 151 for five … I thought we were in with a shout, only to fall victim to Munsey who claimed four for nine to blow away our chances of recording eight wins out 16 starts.
“But it’s not been a bad season, given the number of teenagers we have blooded. We can build on this next season.’’
Reid top scored with 46 for the Mannofield side.
Stoneywood-Dyce will head for their promotion play-off at Freuchie on Saturday and will meet Kelso in the best of heart after crushing lowly Strathmore.
The home side set the visitors 239 to win at the People’s Park but after only 17 overs the Forfar outfit were all back in the pavilion, bowled out for 72.
Vice-captain Liam Lindsay, who top scored for the homesters with 58, said: “This was just the kind of response we needed after losing last week. It’s a real morale booster for one of the biggest games in the history of the club next Saturday.
“It can’t come quickly enough.’’
In the Grades, Bon Accord fought out a tense affair at the Links, winning a low-scoring game.
They were bowled out for 81 by nearest challengers Knight Riders who were in turn dismissed for only 66, handing the Bons the Grade 1 title.
Captain Tauqeer Malik said: “We are delighted to have our title back after loaning it to Grammar last season. It’s been a great season for the game, and one of the closest finishes in years.’’
The Aberdeenshire Cup final at Mannofield was called off due to rain. Aberdeen Grammar FPs and Inverurie are now likely to play the final next Sunday with the likely venue to be Methlick.