To­day’s Cricket Scot­land League prospects

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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.”

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