Heriot’s cricket coach Steve Knox has led tributes to club captain Cam Farrell as the 26-year-old Australian prepares to fly home after an extended stint in Scotland.
Farrell leaves at the end of a season now coming to a close with penultimate fixtures and Knox is adamant that his colleague’s place in the history of Heriot’s is secure.
“Cam originally came across in 2008, went home, returned to play for Dunfermline then re-joined us in 2012. That year he played the key innings as Heriot’s won the Scottish Cup final by beating Watsonians.”
Farrell hit 75 not out, bringing up his half century with a six then finishing proceedings with a boundary.
Knox added: “That innings in a big partnership with Brad Kneebone is undoubtedly the highlight of Cam’s time at Goldenacre.
“He arrived as a seam bowler who could bat a bit and developed into a vital member of our top order through hard work.”
Cricket Scotland included Farrell in regional fixtures this season and, after topping the one-day averages for the Highlanders, he seemed set to be capped on residency. However, with his visa expiring at the end of student days, he is now obliged to head out but not before attempting to steer Heriot’s to victory at Carlton tomorrow in the Eastern Premiership and in the concluding derby at Watsonians.
For the visit to Grange Loan, seamer Ali Farooq returns for Jed Case while Carlton have Steve Gilmour coming out of retirement with Hamish Gardiner and Ally Evans on Scotland duty.
Mazars Grange can influence the title race when they entertain Aberdeenshire, who narrowly lead Arbroath. Scotland’s encounters with New Zealand A will, however, deny Grange George Munsey and also Simon Smith, the national conditioning coach. Andrew Brock is also unavailable but Henry Edwards and Tom Sole return along with Gregor Maiden 24 hours before Grange defend the Murgitroyd Masterton national Twenty20 title at Poloc.
Hosting Stoneywood Dyce in their battle to retain top-flight status, SMRH have Johnny Brock back from a muscle injury to replace the unavailable Greg Ruthven.
Watsonians visit Arbroath without Dewald Nel but Brendan O’Connell and Tom Cullen return.