‘Cheeky’ Gosain aims to roll over Dyce for Carlton

Chayank Gosain of Carlton
Chayank Gosain of Carlton
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Having taken nine wickets for his club Carlton in two matches last weekend then helped the Highlanders win the North Sea Pro Series during the week it is perhaps no surprise to hear that Chayank Gosain is loving cricket right now.

And the 19-year-old spinner, known by his team-mates as ‘Cheeky’, is keen to put in another good showing tomorrow when Carlton travel north to take on Stoneywood-Dyce in the CSL Eastern Premiership.

Gosain, like a number of other Capital talents, spent a few months over the winter at the Ben Williams Cricket Academy in New Zealand and his domestic season back home burst into life six days ago when he took 5-16 in the league against Autoecosse Forfarshire.

The following day he then ended up with figures of 4-54 as the Grange Loan men progressed in the Scottish Cup at the expense of Clydesdale.

Then on Tuesday and Wednesday he was in Twenty20 action for the Highlanders in four matches against Dutch opponents at The Grange, three wins out of four seeing the Highlanders lift the overall trophy.

“It has been a pretty good week for me, that is for sure,” Gosain said.

“In the Forfarshire match last Saturday the seamers did a good job to get rid of the main batsmen in their team and create a lot of pressure and then I was lucky enough to come on and finish the job off.

“I was happy to have another match soon after and on Sunday Clydesdale put up a good fight.

“We knew we had to get their main two players [Con de Lange and Richie Berrington] out in their run chase and thankfully I managed to pick up a few wickets.

“Being part of a Highlanders side that is full of really good players and has won nearly every match we have played this summer has also been good.”

Gosain has played for Scotland Under-19 and ‘A’ in the past, but for now he is not thinking of a full Scotland call-up, but is just trying to put in a string of consistent performances at club level.

He explained: “There is a good atmosphere around at Carlton at the moment and I think that the fact that there is a lot of competition for places is pushing everyone on. Hopefully we can get another good win tomorrow and keep ourselves at the top of the table.”

Carlton make the trip to People’s Park in Aberseen to take on a Stoneywood-Dyce side who have won one match from four to date.

Mazars Grange, who are also still undefeated like Carlton, are also on the road.

They take on Forfarshire while Heriot’s are at Falkland.

In the Edinburgh derby between RH Corstorphine and Watsonians something will have to give as neither side have won a match yet in the league.

Watsonians did win the clash between the two in the Scottish Cup last Sunday though.

In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship there is a cracking match in store at Grange Loan with third placed Carlton II hosting SMRH who are unbeaten and are in second spot.

Marchmont, Mazars Grange II and Stuart&Stuart Penicuik are all at home to Freuchie, Holy Cross and Murrayfield DAFS respectively.

Edinburgh are away to Glenrothes.

In East One Edinburgh South take on Edinburgh Accies.

Meanwhile, on Sunday Fauldhouse will celebrate the club’s 160th anniversary with a match against an ESCA Select.

The West Lothian club, whose first XI are in East Two, was founded in 1855, it is believed, by miners from Yorkshire.

Currently the club’s committee are striving to improve the facilities that they have and are looking at the possible construction of a new clubhouse and an artificial pitch in the future.

The club has invited local politicians and council representatives as well as many ex-players and anyone who has an interest in Fauldhouse along to the fixture.