Fer­gus­lie get boost from ar­rival of new pro­fes­sional

The Scotsman - - WEEKEND SPORT - By WIL­LIAM DICK

Cham­pi­ons Fer­gus­lie wel­come new pro­fes­sional Nkosana Mpofu as they bid to bounce back from last week’s de­feat by Ud­dingston against Drumpel­lier at Meik­leriggs.

The Pais­ley side lost a low- scor­ing thriller a week ago but will be boosted by the de­but of the Zim­bab­wean all- rounder and the re­turn of Taimoor Ah­mad.

Skip­per Riyaad Henry said: “It’s great to have the pro here and, with Taimoor back, t he pair of them will boost our bat­ting and bowl­ing.”

Drumpel­lier also have new blood in the form of Sri Lankan pro Gayan Ma­nee­shan, who will add strength to the top or­der as well as keep­ing wicket.

Skip­per Gor­don Shaw said: “It’s a boost to have some­one of Gayan’s pedi­gree. I know Fer­gus­lie have lost a cou­ple of play­ers but they are still very strong.”

Cly­des­dale and Poloc meet in a south­side derby at Tit­wood fol­low­ing con­trast­ing for­tunes a week ago. While Dale proved too strong for Stir­ling, Poloc went down to Prest­wick.

The home team hand a home de but to Umar Razaq. Poloc are buoyed by the ar­rival of South African pro­fes­sional Le­siba Ngoepe but Ah­mad Chaudhry and Ab­dul­lah Ma­lik are out.

Early pace­set­ters Ud­dingston will aim to make it three con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries when they en­ter­tain Stir­ling at Both­well Cas­tle. The lead­ers have for­mer Scot­land star Ross Lyons back while Stir­ling are on fa­mil­iar lines as they bid to re­cover from their de­feat by Cly­des­dale.

Hav­ing opened their ac­count with vic­tory at East Kilbride, West of Scot­land make three changes for their game with Greenock at Hamil­ton Cres­cent. Michael Miller, Graeme Etheridge and Dun­can Player are drafted in. The Glen­park side, smart­ing from the loss of their last nine wick­ets for just nine run sat Drumpel­lier, also make three changes, bring­ing in Sean Fi sc her-Keogh, Rod Mount­ford and Ewan Ste­wart. Prest­wick have home ad­van­tage as they take on East Kilbride.

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