Cricket: SMRH can get out of trouble, says captain

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SMRH go into the second half of the CSL Eastern Premier Division season bottom of the table, but skipper Cedric English has been pleased with his side’s attitude and has faith that they can climb upwards from eighth spot.

Tomorrow, English and Co welcome Carlton to Inverleith as the league returns after a three-week break for the Scottish Cup.

And the captain, who, of course, served the Grange Loan club with distinction for many years before moving to Ferry Road, is looking forward to the challenge.

The 39-year-old said: “We always knew it was going to be tough making the step up in division this summer, but while we only have one win so far in the league, there are a number of the other games that were decided on small margins.

“It is good to get back to league action after the Scottish Cup kind of broke up the season somewhat. Everyone has been working hard and if we can keep improving as a team then we will give ourselves as good a chance as we can of staying up.”

English has scored 382 runs so far in the league this term and has seen his side notch up a win away at Stoneywood-Dyce.

He believes the standard in the CSL Eastern Premier Division has been good overall in 2013 and added: “I have been impressed by a number of the bowlers in the league and I believe that on their day any team can beat any other so we should be in for some exciting weeks to come.”

Carlton head into this one in second place and with a number of players in good form.

When the sides met back in May on the opening day, Carlton won by eight wickets at Grange Loan, captain Preston Mommsen with 66 and teenager Kyle Macpherson (51) leading the victory charge.

Elsewhere in the top flight, in-form Barclays Grange, in third place, face a trip to Mannofield to take on Aberdeenshire who are in fourth.

Heriot’s are also on a bus, this time to Stoneywood-Dyce, and they have a number of players back in their ranks for the trip.

David Ross, Ben Wilkinson and young spinner Mark Watt are all named in the XI by skipper Steve Knox having missed the Scottish Cup loss at Dumfries last week. On day one of the season Stoneywood-Dyce won at Goldenacre.

Watsonians, in sixth spot, give a debut to all-rounder Brendan O’Connell as they head to leaders Arbroath.

Andrew Chalmers also comes into the side with Pete Legget and Chris Cash unavailable.

In the CSL Eastern First Division, West Lothian are at home to leaders Forfarshire while Penicuik are on the road to Glenrothes with skipper Kris Steel on a high after a century in the Scottish Cup last week.

In the East Leagues all eyes will be on Grange II and Carlton II to see if they can maintain their unbeaten East One seasons ahead of the clash between the duo next week.

Grange II, off the back of two wins last weekend, host Holy Cross with Arun Pillai having been named June’s East player of the month.

Carlton II are away to Edinburgh Accies.

On Sunday a number of local clubs are in action in the Scottish Cup and Cricket Scotland Trophy quarter-finals.

Grange host Aberdeenshire at Portgower Place while Drumpellier are visiting Carlton in the Scottish Cup last eight and in the CS Trophy, Heriot’s welcome East Kilbride to Goldenacre and Watsonians are on the road to West of Scotland.

Also on Sunday RH Corstorphine host Freuchie in the CSL Eastern First Division.