SMRH to blood exciting young talent as they look to bounce back up

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The Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship gets underway on Saturday with SMRH’s cricketers looking to bounce back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

The Inverleith men only won three league matches last term as they finished bottom of the CSL Eastern Premiership. However, the Championship will give them a chance to blood some of their exciting youngsters this summer while new faces such as Elliot Ruthven impressed in last week’s friendly victory over Heriot’s.

SMRH will be captained by Brad Moses and he will be a key man with the bat.

They face a tricky test first up away to newly promoted Edinburgh.

Last year, apart from champions RH Corstorphine, Murrayfield DAFS were the highest placed local side in the division. They kick-off at the weekend away to newly promoted Marchmont at Cavalry Park.

At Grange Loan, Carlton II and Mazars Grange II meet with both probably not keen to repeat last year’s low scoring, tight affair. That day Grange were bowled out for 89 before Carlton lost eight wickets before reaching victory.

Elsewhere on the opening day, Holy Cross take a trip to Freuchie while Stuart&Stuart Penicuik – with former Scotland cap Stuart Chalmers having returned to the club from Watsonians – welcome Glenrothes to Kirkhill. Having just missed the title after losing to the Midlothian side last year the Fifers will certainly be up for this one.

Below the Championship the East Leagues also get underway on Saturday.