Cricket: Heriot’s return for Kevin McLaren

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Heriot’s welcome back the experienced Kevin McLaren as they make the trip to Grange Loan to take on Carlton in the CSL Eastern Premiership 

The former Scotland ‘A’ batsman was set to miss last week’s journey to Stoneywood-Dyce which, like most cricket in the east, was called off.

However, he returns for the much shorter trip to their Capital rivals along with fellow batsman David Ross and wicketkeeper/batsman Charlie MacLeod.

Heriot’s travel in seventh place, while Carlton are third, but they are missing a few key men.

Skipper Gordon Drummond is away coaching the Scotland under-19s in Jersey at the World Cup qualifiers, Preston Mommsen and Ali Evans are with Scotland, while Fraser Watts is unavailable.

The sides have not yet met this season, the reverse fixture at Goldenacre having been cancelled due to the weather.Leaders Mazars Grange are also playing in the Capital, taking on bottom side RH Corstorphne.

Andrew Brock’s side are set to be without Fin McCreath and Haris Aslam, who have played quite a bit of first XI cricket this summer, as they are with the under-19s, while George Munsey is with Scotland.

After winning the Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy last Friday night, Watsonians will look to take that confidence into the league when they make the trip north to Aberdeenshire.

In the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship, SMRH are now second and will be keen to keep up the pressure on leaders Glenrothes when they host Marchmont at Inverleith.

Third placed Carlton II travel to Campbell Park to take on Edinburgh, while Mazars Grange II play Glenrothes, Holy Cross meet Stuart&Stuart Penicuik and Murrayfield DAFS host Freuchie.

In East One there is set to be an intriguing encounter when Musselburgh take on Heriot’s II and Edinburgh Accies host Gala.