Ryan Brown took six wickets in two outings last weekend and the Heriot’s spinner is looking forward to tomorrow’s CSL Eastern Premiership clash with Mazars Grange as third takes on second.
Last weekend the Goldenacre men won both matches, in the league away to Aberdeenshire and in the Citylets Scottish Cup at home to Forfarshire, with Brown one of the star performers. The 20-year-old former Scotland age-grade cap took four wickets up at Mannofield and then two 24 hours later.
To date he has taken 14 league scalps to leave him as the best performing local bowler at the halfway point of the season, and with Heriot’s being in the last four of the Cup and the same stage of the Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy July will be a big month for them.
First up is the exciting looking match-up with Grange and Brown said: “I am really enjoying my cricket at the minute. At the start of the season we knew we had a squad that could compete with any in the league on our day and we have the bonus of being able to select quite a settled side usually.
“I think the match at Aberdeenshire last weekend really showed the team spirit that we have. Their pro was going well with the bat as they chased our total of 192, but all of the bowlers stuck to their task and in the end we bowled them out for 157.
“Everyone had to be on top of their game to win that one and I think it gave us a lot of confidence going into the Cup match the next day.
“It is great heading into July that we are still in with a chance of winning two knock-out events, but given that we are sitting third in the table we know that the league is our focus just now and this match against Grange is a tough one.
“They are a good side who had not been defeated in the league until last weekend, but on the first day we pushed them hard at their ground and we enjoy playing at Goldenacre, so I am looking forward to the challenge.”
As Brown mentioned the two sides had quite a battle on the opening day of the season back in April.
At Portgower Place Heriot’s made 247-8 batting first with Mark Watt scoring a century, but Grange chased down their victory target with four balls remaining thanks to 80 from Neil McCallum.
For tomorrow’s meeting Heriot’s captain Keith Morton brings Richard Cummine into the side for Michael Shean while the Grange XI is still to be confirmed, but they will be hopeful that skipper Preston Mommsen can return from injury.
After last weekend’s record breaking victory at Falkland, Watsonians are back on home turf against SMRH.
George Munsey, who scored 220 eight days ago, is unavailable and he and Olly Brown are replaced by Brendan O’Connell and Dewald Nel.
Ninth placed SMRH have Steven Parker and Tom Hilton coming into their side.
Carlton are seventh after last week’s loss to leaders Arbroath and they host in-form Glenrothes.
Former Irish internationalist Rory McCann returns for the Grange Loan men in this one.
Elsewhere in the top flight bottom plays top as Falkland host Arbroath and Tayside Group Forfarshire are at Aberdeenshire.
Majid Haq of RH Corstorphine tops the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship wicket-taking table with 17 and he will be keen to add to that total when they host Stuart&Stuart Penicuik tomorrow.
RH Corstorphine are the leaders while Mazars Grange II host Carlton II in a interesting looking meeting at Portgower Place.