Grange’s Harris Aslam targets victory against Watsonians

Harris Aslam bowls at Alasdair Evans

Harris Aslam bowls at Alasdair Evans

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HARRIS ASLAM is in good form and tomorrow he and his Mazars Grange team-mates will be looking to keep up their unbeaten CSL Eastern Premiership start when they host Watsonians.

They were champions two years ago and this year have won their first three completed matches.

Aslam, now 20, has often been known more for his bowling, but over the winter he worked hard on his batting with the extended Cricket Scotland training squad.

And Grange skipper Preston Mommsen has used the student to open the batting this term, scoring 40 against Heriot’s and 46 against Carlton.

“I knew that my batting had to be better if I wanted to kick on with my cricket and it was nice that Preston had faith in me at the start of the summer and gave me an opening spot,” Aslam said.

“I have had a couple of good knocks so far, but I need to keep working hard and I am learning all the time with my batting.

“What is great for me is that I have really good batsmen like Neil McCallum, Preston, Dylan Budge and Ryan Flannigan around me to learn from.

“We have a busy weekend coming up with the league and then a Scottish Cup match, but all we are concentrating on at the moment is Watsonians as they are a good team.”

McCallum and Budge return for this match while Watsonians have former Grange man George Munsey, Aman Bailwal and Brendan O’Connell coming in.

Last June Andy McKay, the Watsonians opening bowler, took the amazing figures of 9-9 in this same fixture as the hosts were bowled out for 55, but expect a tighter match this time around.

Carlton skipper Ali Evans is back from Scotland duty as they get ready to host Aberdeenshire at Grange Loan.

Heriot’s are also at home against Glenrothes and they have another Scotland man, Mark Watt, back in place of Steve Knox.

SMRH have a big match at Falkland with Elliot Ruthven, Stteven Parker and Hayden Mourits called up.

In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship, second placed Mazars Grange II face a tricky trip to Campbell Park to play fourth placed Edinburgh while RH Corstorphine, with two wins from two, are on the road to Gala.

Marchmont go to Dunnikier looking for a first league win.

On Sunday a number of local clubs have second round Citylets Scottish Cup ties.