Cricket: Heriot’s star keen to get back in action

Heriots wicket- keeper Adam Lockhart-Krause defends the stumps. Picture: Neil Hanna

Heriots wicket- keeper Adam Lockhart-Krause defends the stumps. Picture: Neil Hanna

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AFTER hitting a century last weekend, Heriot’s cricketer Adam Lockhart-Krause cannot wait to get back out in the middle tomorrow when the Goldenacre side welcome Barclays Grange for the match of the day in the Capital.

The 24-year-old Australian wicketkeeper/batsman, who is in his second stint at the club having been over here previously in 2010 and 2011, made 111 not out and his skipper Steve Knox 133 as they beat SMRH by 104 runs six days ago.

And now they host Barclays Grange who themselves got a good win last weekend themselves against Watsonians.

Last week’s results saw both clubs bounce back from opening day defeats to Stoneywood/Dyce and Aberdeenshire respectively and Lockhart-Krause said: “Last week it was pleasing that the team went on and really posted a good score on a decent batting wicket and for me personally it was pleasing to get some runs.

“In the couple of weeks before that match I hadn’t felt in great touch, but I did a couple of sessions with my batting coach Kevin McLaren and it seemed to really work.

“Moving on to this week we know that it will be a good match against Grange and it is always one we look out for because Edinburgh derby matches are good to be involved in.

“Grange got a good win at Myreside last week and they have dangerous players throughout the team, but we are feeling good too so it should be a great encounter.”

Without Sean Weeraratna available to open the bowling for the Goldenacre side, others have had to step up to the mark in that department while spin duo Mark Watt and Keith Morton are getting through a lot of work, last week bowling 23 overs between them and taking 3-66 and 2-40 respectively.

Of teenager Watt’s progression Lockhart-Krause said: “He is doing well for one so young, he really works hard at his game. The good thing for the club is that there are a lot more other good young players coming through and it gives us a bit more strength in depth when we have players missing.”

The Heriot’s line-up is the same as the one that took on SMRH while Barclays Grange look set to be without Scotland man Gordon Goudie who is likely to be off to Essex with the Saltires.

Elsewhere in the top flight tomorrow, SMRH face a long trip to second placed Aberdeenshire while Watsonians host Carlton with both sides set to be without their Saltires player.

Penicuik host West Lothian in the CSL Eastern First Division with the hosts looking to push on at Kirkhill and win their second league match on the trot.

Last weekend they were in top form to skittle Dundee HSFP out for just 68, but West Lothian’s bowlers were on the button too as Freuchie were bowled out for just 50. On Sunday, RH Corstorphine face a tough test when they take on an Autoecosse Forfarshire at home, the latter likely to include Scotland caps Matthew Parker and Craig Wallace in their ranks.

East One leaders Carlton II host Holy Cross with the visitors looking to bounce back from a poor showing in the Parks Trophy during midweek when they were bowled out for 85 by Murrayfield DAFS.

Second-placed Grange II are at home to St Boswells while, in East Two, unbeaten Marchmont, for whom Neil Granger played his 350th match for the team in a Cricket Scotland Challenge Trophy loss to Hillhead last Sunday, are on the road to Fauldhouse.

SMRH II host Murrayfield DAFS II in East Three with the former side unbeaten having won four games from four so far this season.