The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
Unbeaten clubs aim to make it three out of three
Two of the clubs sitting on unbeaten records at the top of the Strathmore and Perthshire NEC take on the two clubs occupying the bottom two slots in the league and will be looking for a three from three outcome by this evening.
Arrowdawn Gordonians travel to Forfarshire II having racked up comfortable wins over Strathmore in the opener than beating Kinloch by five wickets last week.
Having built on a great start from openers Aman Arora with 71 and Debo Barman who hit 47, they passed the Kinloch total of 182 with five overs to spare.
With Forfarshire lasting less than 16 overs against Meigle in losing by 175 runs, the visitors will travel with a fair amount of confidence.
As well as adding that big win to their opening day success against Arbroath United, Meigle will feel the points on offer when they take on Strathmore could well be theirs for the taking.
However, Strathmore did put up a fair challenge in reaching 207 as they chased a Dundee HSFP total of 279, only to go down by six wickets despite having been in the hunt on 151-3.
Matt Farmer is the man in form for Meigle, having done damage with bat and ball in both opening matches
Having won their opener against Perth Doo’cot, Kinloch did post a total of 182-8 against Gordonians so they might just prove more of a challenge when the third unbeaten side, Stoneywood Dyce, pitch up this week.
Stoneywood piled up the second highest total last week of 256-7 against Mannofield. With David Kidd taking 3-31 and Jaques Koster 2-14, they showed they had a bit of edge in their bowling attack as well.
Perth Doo’cot set a target of 242 for Arbroath United to shoot vainly at last week with both Trevor Brown and Graham Ferguson in form with the bat.
Today they face a Dundee HSFP side who had the biggest total of last Saturday with 279-4 against Strathmore, with Balaji Ramalingan unbeaten on 87 and Majid Rashid’s 87 containing five fours and four sixes.
There could be some big hitting when the pair meet this week, although there was some impressive bowling from both sides.
Emuel Knoesen took 6-28 for Perth and Gus Lindsay 5-26 for Dundee, so it will be fascinating to see whether bowlers or batsmen gain ascendency in what could be a cracker.
Mannofield were at the wrong end of that result against Perth Doo’cot but won their opener against Forfarshire II, with Will Anderson making big contributions in both games.
They travel to Lochlands, to face a winless Arbroath United, looking to make it two wins from three starts.