Wedding guest Preston Mommsen to miss crucial Grange tie

Preston Mommsen says team spirit in the Grange camp is high following their victory over leaders Arbroath last weekend
Preston Mommsen says team spirit in the Grange camp is high following their victory over leaders Arbroath last weekend
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Mazars Grange will aim to keep up the pressure on Arbroath at the top of the CSL Eastern Premiership tomorrow – but they will have to do so without captain Preston Mommsen.

Last weekend the Stockbridge men did what they had to do to keep the title race alive, defeating the men from Lochlands by eight wickets.

And that means that heading into the last two rounds of action for the 2017 season Arbroath, Grange and even Heriot’s have a chance of finishing top.

Arbroath are still the favourites though, as two wins will mean they win the trophy for the first time since 2013.

Grange have matches against Aberdeenshire, and Glenrothes to come and tomorrow it is the former who come calling at Portgower Place.

The home side will take to the field without skipper Mommsen, the Scotland man unavailable as he is attending a wedding down south.

His replacement in the XI and who will lead the team will be decided today, but they will still start as favourites against a side who are eighth in the table, lost to SMRH last weekend and have little to play for.

Mommsen said: “I am away this weekend, but I have faith in the team that we can go out there and get another victory.

“We can only concentrate on ourselves and we need to get two wins in this last fortnight to have a chance really of finishing top.

“Last week’s win showed everything you need to know about the team spirit in this group and we will keep fighting to the end, so hopefully I receive some nice messages regarding the score on Saturday night.”

Heriot’s, in third and having a very impressive campaign, make the short trip to SMRH.

Six days ago SMRH made sure of staying in the top flight for 2018 and they will be able to play with freedom in the next two weeks.

Fifth-placed Watsonians host sixth-placed Carlton at Myreside with the teams due to meet 24 hours later in the Citylets Scottish Cup final at Forthill in Broughty Ferry.

Skippers Ewan Chalmers and Ali Evans will be putting most of their thoughts into Sunday’s meeting, but whoever wins tomorrow could have the edge heading into the showpiece finale.

Meanwhile, there is a real battle on for the Baillie Gifford ESCA Championship crown with two matches remaining.

RH Corstorphine have led pretty much from day one, but credit to Edinburgh who have stayed right on their tails and the title could still go either way come August 26.

After last Sunday’s victory over Mazars Grange II, RH Corstorphine host Kelso while Edinburgh are at Kirkhill to play Stuart&Stuart Penicuik.

RH Corstorphine skipper Joe Kinghorn-Gray said: “We have played some good stuff this season, but credit to Edinburgh who have been on a great run and have notched up a few victories.

“We are just focused on this match against Kelso and not thinking about the following week yet or what is going on elsewhere.

“The league has been competitive and Kelso will be keen to get an way win, so we must concentrate on the job in hand and play the good cricket we know we can.”

The RH Corstorphine bowling attack has been on top form this summer, led by Majid Haq with 29 scalps, but they know that Michael Eckard is in good form with the bat for Kelso. He has 681 league runs to his name to lead the standings. The Capital club have Rob Thompson and Calum Clarkson back into the team for this one.