Two years ago, Australian Cam Farrell, below, steered Heriot’s to a Scottish Cup triumph and now history is repeating itself in the club’s youth section.
Earlier this week, Sydney-born teenager Max Papworth hit 62 not out as Heriot’s booked a place in the national competition’s under-18 finals day on August 31, so tomorrow’s Eastern Premiership finale at Watsonians not only registers as a chance to consolidate mid-table status but serves as a useful warm-up exercise.
“I’m definitely staying on for the finals,” says Max, son of former Wallabies rugby centre, Brett Papworth.
“I’ve had the absolute time of my life having arrived in Scottish cricket not knowing what to expect.
“For a small country, I was stunned to see how many good players there are around.”
Papworth, a wicket keeper/batsman whose opportunity arose through ex Heriot’s bowler Anthony Edington playing at the Gordon club, Sydney, has even looked at the possibility of extending his stay to play rugby.
However, he admits: “I’m obliged to return home for a spell, then maybe return as a cricket pro as I feel I have benefited so much from experiencing different conditions.”
Heriot’s stick with the team that defeated Carlton last week, while Watsonians have Dewald Nel, Mike Carson, Ryan Murray and schoolboy Andrew Cockburn returning.
Mazars Grange will finish top Edinburgh club behind either Aberdeenshire or Arbroath if they can defeat SMRH at Raeburn Place. Returning for Grange are Andrew Brock and Henry Edwards while, for Sunday’s Scottish Cup final against Clydesdale at Stirling, Gordon Goudie and Gregor Maiden are added to the squad.
Mathematically, SMRH can still avoid the drop, but even full points would be insufficient unless there is a dramatic change in run rate.
Reprieved a year ago due to league reconstruction, it is heavy odds-on that SMRH will be consigned to the ChampionsAChip on a day when Greig Bissett returns but Johnny Brock and Rene Collins drop out. Carlton complete their programme at Forfarshire with Hamish Gardiner and Ally Evans returning from Scotland duty.
Dropping out are Steve Gilmour and Fraser Allerdice.
• THE youth finals will pitch Heriot’s against Ayr for the right to face either holders Carlton or Forfarshire.
• SCOTLAND’S match with New Zealand A at Raeburn Place yesterday was abandoned due to rain after just 8.3 overs.