Heriot’s record-breaker Elnathan Meiri sets sights on silverware

Elnathan Meiri has showed his worth with the bat. Pic: David Potter
Elnathan Meiri has showed his worth with the bat. Pic: David Potter
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Heriot’s batsman Elnathan Meiri is gearing himself up for a big weekend of cricketing action after playing his part in a piece of club history last time out.

Eight days ago the South African teenager smashed 139 not out in a thumping win against Stewart’s Melville in the CSL Eastern Premier Division.

Meiri with his record-breaking score

Meiri with his record-breaking score

The innings was the overseas amateur’s best since arriving in the Capital back in April and the 305 run partnership with pro Hayes van der Berg was a club record.

The 19-year-old from Port Elizabeth has hit form at just the right time with Heriot’s still chasing four trophies – the league title, the Citylets Scottish Cup, the Masterton Trophy and the national T20 crown – over the next couple of busy months.

That busy spell cranks into action tomorrow when they make the short trip to Grange Loan to take on Carlton in the league and then host Arbroath on Sunday at Goldenacre in the Scottish Cup last four.

Meiri admits it took him some time to get used to Scottish conditions, but in recent weeks he has been moved up the order to open the batting and that has made a difference.

“The last few weeks have been going really well, so hopefully I can keep performing for the team as we have lots of big games coming up,” Meiri said.

“It was tough going for me to start with, but I have got more used to the kinds of wickets that we are playing on and worked on a couple of technical things to do with my batting with [player/coach] Peter Ross and Hayes van der Berg and that seems to have made a big difference.

“I have had a few decent scores of late. I am enjoying opening the batting and batting with Hayes last week was brilliant.

“He is a quality player with a lot of experience and he is always communicating through the innings and keeping you calm.

“With Grange losing, we know that the win got us a bit closer to them at the top of the table, but there is a long way to go and we have to just take things one game at a time.

“To still be in the mix for four trophies is pretty exciting and the guys at Heriot’s have made me feel so welcome here in this great city.”

For tomorrow’s league match with fourth placed Carlton, Heriot’s, in second, have Chris Ashforth in for Michael Shean.

Leaders Mazars Grange will aim to get back to winning ways in another Edinburgh derby at Watsonians.

On Sunday they then host Ferguslie in the Scottish Cup semis and another of their young crop of talent, Tom Mackintosh, has been in good form of late.

The 15-year-old wicketkeeper/batsman opened the batting for the first XI last weekend and has been in action for Scotland age-grade teams in recent days.

Having been born and brought up in Spain and South Africa, he has been in Edinburgh at Merchiston Castle School and playing with Grange for the last few years.

He is also a member of the Durham Academy such is his promise and he said: “Being exposed to some first team cricket with Grange this year has been brilliant.

“I don’t feel nervous playing at that level because there are so many experienced players around me and I see it as more of a challenge really.

“Hopefully I can help the first team when required for the rest of the summer.”

Elsewhere in the top flight, fifth placed RH Corstorphine host Aberdeenshire tomorrow.

Second bottom Stewart’s Melville are on the road to Forfarshire.