CSL Preview 29 August 2015
The curtain comes down on another Western Union season this afternoon and already all the major issues are settled.
Unlike the Eastern Premier which reached a nail-biting conclusion a week ago, events in the west have been a little more clear-cut with Clydesdale having displayed the mark of champions for much of the campaign while at the other end of the table the fate of West of Scotland and Renfrew has looked just as inevitable.
However, if there is little to play for in some quarters, that is certainly not the case for the champions who are determined to end their campaign on a high while preparing for next week’s Grand Final against Grange, the Eastern Premier winners.
The Titwood side host 2012 champions Dumfries who are unlikely to ease off either since victory could see them force their way into the top four.
Dale skipper Majid Haq, whose side have lost only once in clinching their first league title for ten years, is determined to maintain momentum.
To that end his squad have trained as usual this week and Haq declared: “The Grange game is something we can look forward to but first we want to finish the Union season strongly.
“The guys have set standards that we want to maintain.”
Dumfries travel in high spirits following last week’s impressive win over West and with Australian Josh Forsyth trying to add to his haul of 424 runs – the fourth highest aggregate in the division.
Con de Lange could return for Clydesdale.
Elsewhere, Kelburne can cap an outstanding first season in the top flight by clinching second place.
To be sure of making that lofty berth their own they must beat outgoing champions Ayr who are destined to finish in the bottom half of the table, the highlight of their season having been the sensational batting performances of Lenert van Wyk.
The South African has amassed 761 runs – almost 300 more than any other batsman – and his 163 in the re-arranged game against Drumpellier last Sunday was the highest individual score of the season.
That effort wasn’t enough to win the game as Louis Venter’s 123 proved crucial for Drumpellier who will bid to end their season by beating an East Kilbride team who are set for a second consecutive top four finish.
The top four also beckons for Ferguslie who start favourites against West of Scotland at Hamilton Crescent while Renfrew’s top flight stay comes to an end with a visit to Uddingston.
MEANWHILE, on the other side of the country the stakes are high for East Championship winners Glenrothes and Strathmore and Perthshire Union champions Gordonians who meet at Freuchie for the right to play in next season’s Eastern Premier.
Glenrothes went through their entire league season with a 100% record but will take nothing for granted against the Aberdeen outfit who were impressive winners of the CS Challenge Cup last weekend.