Heriot’s batsman Steve Knox has been handed a testimonial by the Goldenacre club as he is now in his tenth season with the CSL Eastern Premiership outfit.
In September a six-a-side event is planned featuring many of Knox’s former team-mates from over the years, as well as a dinner at night.
However, for now Knox is fully focused on helping Heriot’s record a much-needed league victory over Capital rivals Watsonians at Myreside tomorrow.
Over the last fortnight Heriot’s have lost to Mazars Grange and Falkland in the league, while last Sunday they also lost to Ferguslie in the Scottish Cup.
“Last weekend was a frustrating one for us,” Knox said. “We bowled well at Falkland to get them out for 121, but in our run chase nobody stuck around long enough and we were bowled out for 102. That hurt because we know we are a better side than that, while on Sunday we also did not play like we are capable.
“The good thing for us is that we have a lot of cricket coming up, so we don’t have any time to feel sorry for ourselves.”
Heriot’s were due to host Watsonians at Goldenacre last night in the quarter-finals of the Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy, with the sides meeting again tomorrow in a 50-over clash. Both teams have only recorded one league win apiece this summer, so it could be a closely-fought and nervy affair.
Knox, pictured below, said: “I think we showed in the win over Stoneywood-Dyce earlier in May that on our day we can perform pretty well. In terms of batting, we know that a few more of us in the top order have to go on and get bigger scores, while the bowling unit is starting to come together now with the arrival of Josh McLean.
“The younger players are also starting to learn about playing in the top flight and we are confident that we can push up the table.”
As a coach with various sides over the years, Knox knows how difficult it can be to balance coaching and playing commitments. However, he has been impressed with how Pete Ross, just 22, has taken to the coaching role at Heriot’s.
“Pete is so enthusiastic and very thorough in everything that he does and it has been great to see him going about his work,” Knox said. “Hopefully as the season goes on he can continue to balance commitments as he is an important batsman for the first XI too.”
Elsewhere, leaders Mazars Grange are at home against Stoneywood-Dyce, while there are two other top flight matches in Edinburgh. Second placed Carlton welcome Aberdeenshire to Grange Loan and Arbroath are the visitors for bottom of the table RH Corstorphine.
Meanwhile, in the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship, last week’s century maker Siddhanth Prasad will play his last game of the season for Mazars Grange II.
Edinburgh University student Prasad is soon to head off on a cricket tour to Barbados and then back to India for the summer, but he is keen to go out on a high away at Edinburgh.
Prasad said: “I have just finished my first year of studies here and have loved being part of the Grange club. Last week I was delighted to help the team get a win with a century and with a good mix of youth and experience in the team I think that the second XI can go on and challenge for the title.”
Grange II are in fourth, while Carlton II are the highest placed Capital side in second and tomorrow they are on the road to Freuchie. SMRH welcome Stuart&Stuart Penicuik to Inverleith while Murrayfield DAFS host leaders Glenrothes and, after a good win last week, Marchmont visit Holy Cross.
In East One, third plays fourth as Musselburgh take on Edinburgh South.