Carlton’s cricket captain Gordon Drummond has given a number of young players a chance to impress in the top team this season – and he is set to bring in yet another tomorrow as they travel to Myreside to play Watsonians in the CSL Eastern Premiership.
Teenage all-rounder Olly Brown hit 47 for the seconds last weekend against Stuart&Stuart Penicuik and has been rewarded with a call-up.
Brown may be nervous being involved in the first XI, but at least he will be used to the ground he is playing at as he is a pupil at George Watson’s College. “Olly has been on my radar for quite a while now and I think he is a good up-and-coming cricketer,” Drummond said.
“We always like to give the young players in the club a chance in the top team when we feel they are ready for it and it is good for the long-term progression of the players to be exposed to this level of cricket.”
Another young player, Ruari Macpherson, who already has top-team experience, will also be involved tomorrow as Preston Mommsen and Ali Evans are away in Ireland on Scotland duty.
Drummond has been pleased with his side’s last two performances. Since losing to Mazars Grange in the league just over a fortnight ago they have defeated Aberdeenshire in the Scottish Cup and thumped Falkland in the league.
The latter result has left them second in the table as they reach the halfway stage.
Drummond, who previously played for Watsonians, said: “On the day against Grange we were undone by a superb innings by George Munsey and sometimes you have to hold your hands up. However, that did not make us a bad team overnight and to go up to Aberdeenshire in tricky conditions the following day and progress in the cup was extremely pleasing and said a lot about the character of the boys.
“Last week at Falkland we played very well to bowl them out for just 52 because it is not an easy place to go and I am really pleased with the variety I have available to me in the bowling attack at the minute.
“Obviously we are missing Ali Evans and Preston from that mix this weekend, but I believe those brought in can do a job and we are all looking forward to the match.”
Watsonians have had their struggles in the league of late, but will go into the match on a high after a good all-round team performance on Tuesday night witnessed them become the first team to defeat Grange in all forms of cricket this season.
The 40-run win in the Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy semi-final now sees them take on Edinburgh in the final in a fortnight – and captain Ewan Chalmers will be looking for his men to kick on.
Elsewhere in the top flight leaders Grange host Falkland while Heriot’s welcome Aberdeenshire to Goldenacre and Autoecosse Forfarshire are the visitors for RH Corstorphine.
After last week’s defeat by Penicuik, Carlton II head to leaders Glenrothes in the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship.
Penicuik are at home at Kirkhill against Marchmont, while Murrayfield DAFS make the trip to Campbell Park to take on Edinburgh.
SMRH will not have far to travel for their match at Holy Cross, the latter’s Arboretum ground being right next to the former’s Inverleith home.
On Sunday, Mazars Grange II take on Freuchie.
In East One the ties between Heriot’s II and Edinburgh South and Watsonians II and West Lothian look interesting, while Musselburgh host leaders Kelso in East Lothian.