EASTERN Knights will lift the Pro50 Cup aloft on Sunday after a triumphant – and potentially unbeaten – title defence.
Last week’s washout at Forthill put the Knights in an unassailable position above nearest challengers, the Highlanders, but Stevie Gilmour’s men want to complete a fifth straight win when they entertain Western Warriors at Merchiston Castle.
Gilmour said: “We’re determined to go unbeaten so the guys will be getting focused on that. They have all shown tremendous motivation to put in big individual performances in these Pro50 games.
“Another win will really let us enjoy the celebrations.”
On paper, a further Knights victory appears a formality against a Western Warriors outfit who have endured a miserable and so far winless campaign but who are determined to finish on a high.
Player availability has been an issue for the team from the west but Colin Mitchell, the manager, admits that under-achievement has been a bigger problem.
Mitchell, paying tribute to the champions, said: “There is no doubt that the Eastern Knights have been comfortably the best side and are worthy winners.
“Their big players have stood up when it mattered and produced match-winning performances.
“For our part we have been consistently disappointing and have failed to convert a couple of promising positions although we can also point to a few little things which have gone against us like Richie Berrington breaking a finger in a game we would probably otherwise have won.
“Hopefully we can end on a positive note.”
To do so, however, the Warriors will have to overcome the absence of Scotland duo Matthew Cross and Calum MacLeod who are unable to travel from their bases in the south.
Ferguslie’s Dave Stafford comes in to keep wicket in place of Cross while former Poloc batsman Owais Shah, now based in Preston, comes in for his first appearance of the season.
Mitchell added: “It’s an opportunity for a couple of players to make their mark ahead of the T20 Blitz later in the summer.”
The last Tilney Pro50 fixture takes place at Merchiston School from 11am on Sunday 2nd June.
Entry is free and we ask all supporters to enter via Patties Road.