Double over Grange can set up Heriot’s for fine finish

Cameron Farrell, left, wants to turn narrow defeats into victories. Photograph: Jayne Wright
Cameron Farrell, left, wants to turn narrow defeats into victories. Photograph: Jayne Wright
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Heriot’s go into tomorrow’s CSL Eastern Premier Division match at Mazars Grange looking to complete a league double over their Capital rivals and set themselves up for a big last month of the campaign.

The Goldenacre men make the short trip to Portgower Place sitting sixth in the league, while their opponents are third.

Back in late May, Heriot’s won the first fixture between the two sides when Steve Knox hit a battling 30 not out with a broken finger and tail-ender Ali Farooq held his nerve as they came through a low scoring match by just one wicket.

And now, just a week after Heriot’s celebrated their 125th anniversary with a match against a Cricket Scotland select, they will want to put in another good showing.

Heriot’s captain Cameron Farrell said: “We always love matches against Grange. To beat them earlier in the season was really good and we hope to back that up this weekend. We know they have some really good players in their side, but if we can play to our strengths as a unit then we will have a good chance.

“The season generally has been pretty good for the club because we have seen a lot of new players come in and that can sometimes take time for things to click. We are sitting in mid-table, but what has frustrated us has been the matches we have lost by small margins that if we had managed to win would have seen us up there challenging for top spot.

“That includes last Saturday, when Stoneywood-Dyce beat us by two runs at Goldenacre, and the guys are very keen to have a big August and end things on a high.”

Scotland ‘A’ spinner Mark Watt looks set to return to the Heriot’s ranks for tomorrow’s match, meaning that Farrell has a full strength squad to pick from and it will be interesting to see the make-up of the final XI that he decides to pick.

Grange go into this one off the back of a frustrating D/L loss to Carlton last week which left them even further behind the top two of Aberdeenshire and Arbroath.

Nevertheless, they will not be feeling sorry for themselves and they have a packed month of cricket coming up with the league, Scottish Cup final and Murgitroyd T20 finals day.

Supporters should note that the Murgitroyd T20 finals day has been moved to August 10 from August 17 and takes place at Shawholm, Poloc’s ground.

Elsewhere in the top flight tomorrow, Carlton will look to build on last week’s dramatic win when they head to Falkland, while Watsonians take on SMRH in another local derby at Myreside.

At Mannofield the top two – Aberdeenshire and Arbroath – meet, while Autoecosse Forfarshire playing Stoneywood-Dyce.

In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship, second placed RH Corstorphine, who got a crucial win last week against West Lothian, head to Arboretum to play Holy Cross.

RH Corstorphine know that they need an almost perfect August if they are to overhaul long time leaders Glenrothes at the top of the table.

There are two other matches in Edinburgh with Carlton II hosting Stuart&Stuart Penicuik and Edinburgh South taking on Freuchie at Inch Park.

Murrayfield DAFS are away at Glenrothes with Mazars Grange II on the road to Boghall to take on West Lothian.

In Baillie Gifford East One, leaders Edinburgh still look unstoppable having scored over 300 runs last weekend against Watsonians II.

Tomorrow they host Largo at Campbell Park while there will be an interesting clash at Goldenacre where Heriot’s II take on Watsonians II.