Grange keeper Baum relishing what lies in wait ..

Alex Baum is graduating on Monday
Alex Baum is graduating on Monday
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Mazars Grange wicketkeeper Alex Baum has a busy few days coming up both on and off the cricket pitch and the former Scotland age-grade man is relishing what lies ahead.

The 22-year-old has made quite an impression in Stockbridge since he arrived from Greenock over the winter and he is keen to help Andrew Brock’s team end the first half of the season with a bang.

Tomorrow the reigning champions host Forfarshire in the CSL Eastern Premiership and then on Sunday they take on Clydesdale at home in the Citylets Scottish Cup quarter-final.

And, on Monday evening, they welcome Carlton to Raeburn Place in the semi-final of the Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy to complete a hectic schedule. Baum will miss the latter game as he graduates from Edinburgh University that day, but he is playing at the weekend and is looking forward to it.

“I used to play cricket at university with Grange captain Andrew Brock and I know a few of the other guys at the club. Being based through this way it made sense for me to join,” said the man who has taken seven catches and produced two stumpings in the league this season.

“With the club having won the league last summer I have found a hungry group of players who are keen for more silverware and although we have had a couple of blips along the way we still have a chance in three competitions and the next few days will be crucial.

“Forfarshire have been going well in the league and have a good batting line-up, so that is the game we are focused on at the minute and we know we will have to be at our best to beat them tomorrow.”

Grange’s match at Glenrothes last weekend was washed out and from the XI that lost to Watsonians a fortnight ago they have made a number of changes.

Brock returns from injury but Chris Sole, their leading wicket taker in the league, is injured and in Australia for a few weeks so teenager Scott Blain is given a Premiership debut.

Carlton also have three matches in three days. They have league and cup encounters away to Stoneywood-Dyce and Greenock as they clock up the miles.

It could be a particularly long few days for Carlton batsman Fraser Watts who today will also be playing 99 holes of golf to raise money for the Margo Young Foundation.

League leaders Watsonians are on the road to play Glenrothes. For this one Andrew Chalmers returns to the side for the unavailable Brendan O’Connell.

After their fine win over Forfarshire last week Heriot’s make two changes for the home match against Falkland. Tom Dryden and Sean Weeraratna are in for Steve Knox and Mark Watt.

Aberdeenshire play Arbroath.

In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship, Edinburgh’s Umair Farooq will be looking to build on his amazing innings last week. Six days ago he smashed 101 not out against Holy Cross in just 38 balls and tomorrow they are at Carlton IIs.

The innings included nine sixes and the batsman said: “It was just one of those days where shots came off for me right from the start. I just got into the groove and then when I was left on 95 not out with only a few runs needed to win I knew I would need a six to get my century. I did that and I hope we can get another win this weekend.”

RH Corstorphine host unbeaten leaders SMRH while, ahead of their Masterton final appearance next week, Stuart&Stuart Penicuik play Dunnikier.