CSL Eastern Premier - Week 2

03 May

Aman Bailwal insisted there has been no panic in the Forfarshire camp in the wake of their opening-day defeat by Heriot’s. 

And he backed the Broughty Ferry brigade to waste no time in bouncing back when they host Watsonians today. 

The talented all-rounder was the only Shire to perform anywhere close to his potential at Goldenacre and the onus will be on the batsmen to produce a more robust display against the Myreside men. 

Bailwal declared: “It was a bit of a wake-up call in Edinburgh. Conditions were bowler-friendly, however there were no excuses for not chasing a total as low as 88. 

“Obviously, there wasn’t too much wrong with our attack and we need to maintain that momentum with the ball. 

“If that happens, then I am confident we will be well enough equipped to earn a good chance of victory. 

“But it must be pointed out that Watsonians have been one of the most successful clubs over the past few years and we know they will be a hard nut to crack.” 

Bailwal noted that the first-team’s two new overseas recruits, Aaron Lilly and Liam Gough have settled in nicely on Tayside. 

He said: “Not only are they decent players, they are good blokes.”

Though not totally convincing, Scottish champions Arbroath cleared the Grange hurdle at Lochlands when they launched their title defence. 

And today they face a potentially tricky trip across the bridge to Fife, where they go head-to-head with newly promoted Falkland, who underlined their threat with two notable wins last week. 

First, they kicked off their league campaign by outgunning SMRH at Inverleith - then snuffed out the challenge of Meigle to progress in the British Village Cup.

The signing of Scotland spearhead Safyaan Sharif is already paying dividends, as his cheap four-wicket haul against SMRH indicated.

And he is sure to be a figure in the spotlight again at Scroggie Park this afternoon. 

Elsewhere, the pick of the fixtures is Aberdeenshire’s home clash with Heriot’s, while Grange entertain Stoneywood-Dyce and Carlton take on SMRH at Grange Loan.

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