Eastern Premiership preview
Step forward the Cricket Scotland clever-clogs who drew up this season’s fixture schedule for the Eastern Premiership!
His or her vision has resulted in the destiny of the title being decided today by the outcome of two matches just a handful of miles apart.
The spotlight will be on the greater Granite City area, where leaders Aberdeenshire square up to Falkland at Mannofield and defending champions and sole challengers Arbroath tackle Stoneywood-Dyce at Peoples Park.
As Arbroath skipper Marc Petrie quipped: “At least they won’t need a helicopter to deliver the trophy to the right venue - a car will suffice!”
In the wake of nervy slip-ups by both sides last weekend, Petrie declared: “We were really disappointed with our poor performance against Watsonians at Lochlands on what turned out to be a bizarre day of cricket.
“But that is all behind us and we are focussed on the trip north and we are as determined as ever to come away with a positive result.
“Like last weekend, we will be relying on a surprise result in the other match - but that is outwith our control.
“We just have to make sure we put in a good enough performance in what will be a difficult encounter. especially in their own place.
“They have a few dangerous players, Michael Leask and Jan Stander being the obvious, ones but they also have some other talented lads so we can't take anything for granted.”
Arbroath will be at full strength, boosted by the return of experienced pair Greig Peal and Craig Ramsay.
They replace Harris Carnegie and Mark Fleming.
Elsewhere, basement teams Forfarshire and SMRH take on Carlton at Forthill and Grange at Raeburn Place respectively.
And Watsonians are at home to Heriot’s