Teenage wicketkeeper Harris Carnegie has had a great start to life with Mazars Grange – and as the season reaches the halfway point this weekend he is determined to keep them at the top of the CSL Eastern Premiership.
Grange host fifth placed Glenrothes at Portgower Place tomorrow in week nine of 18.
Carnegie, 19, joined the club from Arbroath over the winter and quickly settled into life in Stockbridge.
A lot has been made of the top class Grange batting line-up and the tidy bowling unit, but every good team needs a solid keeper behind the stumps and Carnegie has certainly given them that.
He has played for Scotland at age-grade and development level and has taken 10 catches and claimed two stumpings in the league season so far.
He has also helped the club reach the last eight of the Citylets Scottish Cup and on Sunday they are away to Drumpellier in that competition.
Looking ahead to the busy weekend, Carnegie said: “As a wicketkeeper you need regular game time behind the stumps and although I really enjoyed life at Arbroath I was behind skipper Marc Petrie in that position.
“As a result I struggled to get a real run behind the stumps and over the winter I thought it would be best to move on. I spoke to [Grange coach] John Blain and he suggested that I come here.
“Grange are a big club who play at a great venue and have quality players in their ranks so it was an easy decision to make and the guys helped me settle in very quickly in pre-season.
“We got off to a good start in the first few games and things have gone from there. When you look at our batting line-up it is very strong and we always back ourselves to set a good target or chase down a total.
“The variation in the bowling attack is good and I just try and support the guys with my keeping and keep the chat going in the field.
“To be top of the table at this stage is very good, but we know there is a long way to go and a lot of cricket to be played.
“The big matches are coming thick and fast now and we want to get a win over Glenrothes tomorrow so that we can go into the Cup last-eight tie on Sunday on a high.”
Six days ago Grange tied their match at Aberdeenshire after a thrilling finish.
Grange will have skipper Preston Mommsen back following his return from Scotland duty against Namibia and Zimbabwe.
He is currently third in the league’s top run scorers’ list with 351, Carlton’s Michael Herdman leading the way with 441 following last week’s century.
Carlton are fourth in the table and are boosted by the return of two key bowlers for the trip to second placed Arbroath.
Skipper Ali Evans and Cameron Shoebridge are back while on Sunday they are at Poloc in the Cup.
Heriot’s, sitting third, have Mark Watt and Steve Knox back in the side for their trip to Aberdeenshire.
On Sunday they host Tayside Group Forfarshire in the Cup.
Ally Sadler is fit again and rejoins the Watsonians bowling attack for the league match at Falkland. They are then at Ayr in the Cup.
Elliot Ruthven, Hayden Mourits and Josh Tigne come into the SMRH side for the home clash with Forfarshire.
After last week’s first league win at Freuchie, Marchmont are at home to Kelso in the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship with leaders RH Corstorphine hosting Dunnikier.