Carlton cricket stalwart Fraser Watts has urged the club’s young players to enjoy the experience when they play in tomorrow’s Citylets Scottish Cup final against Watsonians at Forthill.
The two Capital clubs are due to meet today in the CSL Eastern Premiership at Myreside and then tomorrow morning both sides and their supporters will head up to Broughty Ferry for the showpiece event.
After they won the top-flight crown last season a lot of Carlton’s more senior players stepped back from first XI duties, but 38-year-old Watts stayed on to guide the youngsters coming through. Along with captain Ali Evans and Michael Herdman he has done a good job and Watts said: “It has been great to see young guys step up to first XI cricket and make valuable contributions.
“It has been a steep learning curve at times, but they have a Cup final to look forward to and that is brilliant.”
Watsonians will be hoping that key players George Munsey, Ewan Chalmers, Andy McKay and Dewald Nel fire with the bat and ball as they bid to take the trophy home to Myreside.
Carlton won the league meeting between the two in June at Grange Loan, but it is sure to be a tight final.