Today’s Cricket Scotland League prospects
EASTERN PREMIER DIVISION
it may have taken a year to come around but Falkland’s Ryan hepburn is quietly determined to exact revenge ahead of today’s trip across the tay to face Forfarshire, writes David Kelso.
“We let ourselves down there last year, mainly with the bat,” he said. “not that we will need any extra incentive to perform strongly, but the recollection of that day will definitely make us extra determined to make amends.”
Falkland are at full strength for the challenge, with matt Surry to replace george gallagher. “We have been playing a few loose shots lately but, if we play the way we can in every facet, we will give ourselves a great chance,” added hepburn. “We are well aware that Forfarshire are an excellent young team with big players but every match throws up different challenges.”
his side can then move on to the Forthill Beer Festival which started last night and was marked by a t20 match featuring the veterans of Forfarshire and Arbroath. the latter’s current crop, meanwhile, will start as favourites against Watsonians, although they know from bitter experience how potent the edinburgh outfit can be.
elsewhere, Aberdeenshire aim to get back on tracks in the wake of their derby jolt at the hands of Stoneywood-Dyce in a home game against grange. glenrothers face the very different demand of trying to maintain a 100% record in the eastern Championship by beating grange’s second Xi today, and aim to dedicate success to club founder member and stalwart John Bell.
Bell has finally hung up his whites at the ripe old age of 71, having played for 57 years, latterly for the 5th Xl. “John has set records which, in all likelihood will never be matched,” said eddie gibbs, the chairman. the Fifers have named the same line-up for the fifth consecutive week and will also be hoping neighbours Freuchie can halt the surge of the jointleaders Corstorphine at muir Road.
elsewhere, West Lothian face Carlton Second Xi, while edinburgh South and Penicuik should get the better of mDAFS and holy Cross respectively.
Aberdeenshire v mazars grange, Autoecosse Forfarshire v Falkland, heriot’s v Carlton, Stoneywood-Dyce v SmRh, Watsonians v Arbroath United
WESTERN PREMIER DIVISION
Something has to give at King george V Playing Fields this afternoon where Renfrew will take on Clydesdale, writes William Dick. two of only three remaining unbeaten records are on the line at the Deanpark Road venue and the winner of this one will claim a significant advantage as this fragmented season begins to take shape.
Renfrew may be surprise contenders but Sai majeed’s mercurial side are near the top on merit following to hard-fought wins over Drumpellier and east Kilbride, as well as a thrilling draw with Ayr. the side were also well-placed against West of Scotland last week before rain intervened.
Renfrew will start underdogs against the title favourites but their battle-hardened approach may serve them well when the going gets tough. “We and Clydesdale are both still unbeaten in the league so it will be a tight game,” said majeed, whose side entertain the titwood club again tomorrow in the Scottish Cup.
“Both teams have a variety of bowling options and experienced batting line-ups and it may be about who performs best on the day. We were disappointed the game with West could not be completed [last week] as we felt we were in a strong position to go on and win.”