Flannigan’s new role boosting Grange title bid

Ryan Flannigan is currently opening the batting for Mazars Grange
Ryan Flannigan is currently opening the batting for Mazars Grange
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MAZARS GRANGE’S Ryan Flannigan has admitted he is relishing the responsibility of being vice-captain this season – and he is focused on tomorrow’s big match at Falkland.

The 27-year-old Scotland cap is now in his fourth year with the Stockbridge club and this summer they have been in cracking form, losing only two matches in all competitions.

Going into tomorrow’s CSL East Premiership clash in Fife, Grange are top of the table and it looks like being an intriguing title run-in between themselves, Arbroath and Carlton.

Flannigan and his team mates will be wary ahead of their trip to Scroggie Park because Falkland are the only team to have defeated them in the league to date.

That day in June, Jack Henderson’s 82 led the visitors to an unlikely victory in the Capital and batsman Flannigan said: “Fair play to Falkland, they came to our ground and really dug in for the win.

“We were disappointed with the way we played, but since then we have refocused and put in some good performances.

“Last week at RH Corstorphine, the wicket was quite tricky, but our bowlers did a fine job to restrict them to 114 and then with the bat we showed good intent.

“With George Munsey away with Scotland I was promoted to open the batting and I was pleased to get 41 to help us win.

“With [player/coach] John Blain having come to the club this year there is a really professional feel to everything we are doing and everyone has upped their game.

“We still have a chance of a league and Scottish Cup double and that would be something special – but we have to take things one game at a time.”

For tomorrow’s match, Grange are set to have Blain returning but Neil McCallum is unavailable.

At Grange Loan, Carlton take on Watsonians while Heriot’s are at Aberdeenshire and RH Corstorphine are on the road to Autoecosse Forfarshire.

SMRH are second in the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship and tomorrow they are at Freuchie.

In East One, match of the weekend is Heriot’s II against Dunnikier on Sunday.