CSL Grand Final Preview - Carlton v Clydesdale

03 Sep
Cricket Media Preview the 2016 CSL Grand Final between Carlton and Clydesdale at Grange Loan 

Majid Haq has called on his Clydesdale team to become record breakers by completing an unprecedented treble.

The high-flying Titwood troops already have the Scottish Cup and the Western Premier title in the bag and today Haq’s men can make history by becoming the first team from the west to win the CS Grand Final.

They must overcome Eastern Premier champions Carlton who have home advantage at Grange Loan for the end-of-season showpiece - and Haq is full of respect for the Edinburgh team who boast three of his former Scotland team-mates.

Ex-national skipper Gordon Drummond, opening batsman Fraser Watts and fast bowler Ali Evans will line up for star-studded Carlton who are also bidding for a first Grand Final success.

Haq said: “It’s been a great season for the squad and we’re looking for one final push against an excellent Carlton side that is well led by Stevie Gilmour.

“It should be a great game between two of Scotland’s most consistent club sides who have match-winners in all departments.”

Clydesdale’s double success was based on consistent teamwork throughout the summer but Haq has frequently had cause to praise the efforts of new-ball duo Basit Ali and Abdul Sabri.

He added: “Basit and Abdul have bowled with real discipline and have often put rival teams on the back foot early on.
“The great thing for us is that they are both still developing.”

Haq, though, wants to see his top order batsmen stand up and be counted when it matters today rather than relying on the heroics of Scotland star Con de Lange.

Player-coach de Lange was their match-winner in both the Scottish Cup final against Arbroath and last week’s league clincher at Kelburne.

Carlton and former Scotland veteran Watts couldn’t disguise his excitement at the prospect of squaring up to some old international team-mates and club level adversaries.

He said: “We finished our league campaign with a flourish last weekend, rattling up a record score against Stoneywood-Dyce and we want to maintain the momentum.

“Obviously I know all about the talents of Majid, Richie Berrington and Con de Lange and being up against them will be a big challenge.

“They will have potent players all the way down from one to eleven and we will have to be at our best to get the result we want.

“Whatever the outcome, it should be a cracking contest and a fitting way to end the season.”

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