Aussie is fired up for start of league season

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Cameron Leeder has travelled across the world to follow in the cricketing footsteps of his father, Chic, by coaching RH Corstorphine in the East First Division this season.

Chic arrived from Brisbane 15 years ago accompanied by his family and Cameron, now 29, has never forgotten the friends he made both at the cricket club and at Currie High School.

“The power of social media kept me in touch and I was pleased to host Corstorphine members Kevin West and Gordon Lamb when they came out to play in 
Australia,” said Cameron who can claim a top score of 130 for the Toonbul club in the highly competitive Queensland Grade League.

“A job opportunity came up with Edinburgh Council and I was keen my wife to the city where I partly grew up.”

The start of league competition after three weeks of cup action sees RH Corstorphine travel to Freuchie and Leeder is hoping Mike Yellowlees, in particular, can carry on form which saw him claim the club’s first five-wicket haul of the season as Prestwick were dispatched last weekend.

“That was Mike’s reward for travelling from Perth to play. Also, pro Reuben Hattingh has been on form and we are hopeful of a good league start tomorrow.”

Also in Division One Penicuik away Glenrothes with James Scott’s fine early season form with the ball helping offset the loss of Tom Hilton to school cricket for the next few weeks.

In the Premiership, Carlton’s Fraser Watts has warned against taking new boys SMRH lightly at Grange Loan.

Listing a four-change side that has Gordon Drummond, Preston Mommsen, Rob Thornton and Ahmed Shah called up for Haris Aslam, Sean Olivier, Rory McCann and the injured Hamish Gardiner, Watts said: “We should be aware that SMRH came through their league unbeaten last year and are spearheaded by my former club and international colleague Cedric English as well as having another top bat in Brayden Tracey.” English showed he retained the sharpest of edges by contributing 92 to SMRH’s Cup win at East Kilbride last weekend.

For SMRH, Greg Ruthven replaces the unavailable Thomas Beattie.

Heriot’s, who entertain Stoneywood Dyce, also enter the new competition unbeaten but made heavy weather of overcoming Dumfries last week and will be aware the visitors boast a 100 per cent cup record having overcome Penicuik, Ayr and Poloc in the cup. The match gets underway at 1pm rather than noon. Barclays Grange await Aberdeenshire having been rained off last week and with Henry Edwards returning for Ed Abel-Smith as Saltire Gordon Goudie continues to battle a back niggle while Simon Smith has ankle damage.

Skipper Neil McCallum says: “George Munsey has benefitted from a winter in Auckland and after a century a fortnight ago for us is in the Scotland under-23 squad.”

Watsonians await Arbroath and skipper Ewan Chalmers says: “Paddy Saddler returns from Cambride and Andrew Chalmers has recovered from a broken collar bone.”