Watsonians aim to keep run going against Carlton

Dewald Nel wants Watsonians to keep playing positive cricket. Photograph: Ian Rutherford
Dewald Nel wants Watsonians to keep playing positive cricket. Photograph: Ian Rutherford
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Watsonians’ Dewald Nel hopes his side can continue their good recent run when they entertain Carlton in the CSL Eastern Premier Division at Myreside tomorrow.

On May 17 when ’Sonians lost up at Aberdeenshire it meant they had been defeated in their opening three league matches of the summer.

However, the following day they beat Dundee HSFP in the Scottish Cup and since then they have beaten Falkland and SMRH in the league and Poloc in the cup.

Nel, who is assistant coach to the Highlanders who earlier this week won the T20 North Sea Pro Series crown, said: “In recent years we have tended to get off to a slow start and then go on a good run and the same thing is happening this time.

“The league win against Falkland a fortnight ago was crucial because we were defending a total of 197, but managed to bowl and field really well and restrict them to 140.

“That gave the boys confidence and I was really pleased with the way we pushed home our advantage against SMRH last weekend and closed the game out [68 playing 69-1 with Nel hitting a rapid 48 not out].

“We always look forward to games against Carlton and although they have got off to a bit of a slow start themselves anyone can beat anyone else in this division and it should be a good contest.

“I just want the boys to keep playing the positive, modern brand of cricket that we have done in the last few weeks.”

With a number of players unavailable ’Sonians are likely to give opportunities to some of their up-and-coming young players.

And, with Carlton unchanged from last week, it means there will be a lot of local teenage talent on show.

Despite defeat last week Mazars Grange are still the highest placed local side in the table and tomorrow they welcome Autoecosse Forfarshire to Portgower Place.

Last Sunday they defeated the same opponents in the Scottish Cup up in Broughty Ferry.

Heriot’s will be without last week’s match winner Steve Knox as they head to Falkland while SMRH will take heart from their Scottish Cup win at Greenock as they aim to break their league duck at home to Arbroath.

In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship it is first plays second in the match of the day as Glenrothes host RH Corstorphine, the latter the only unbeaten local team left in the division.