Preview: Reivers v Highlanders
Where and when?
T20 Monday 2nd June 3:30pm
50 overs Tuesday 3rd June 10.30am
@ Dumfries Cricket Club
It will be a big chance for the Reivers to get some revenge on home turf as they will look to make amends for their poor showing in Arbroath three weeks ago. In both games they posted low totals with the bat, and each time it was chased with ease by the Highlanders. Both squads have been heading in recent directions recently with the Highlanders gaining regularly victories over the Dutch teams while the Reivers have had a difficult time of late finding any form. With a few new faces in the team this week they will be looking to spoil the party, as a T20 win for the Highlanders will see them lift the trophy with a game to spare.
There wasn't much cricket to be played in the Pro Series last week as rain on both sides of the North Sea abandoned both 50 over games. The Reivers only managed to get three overs of cricket in at Titwood so they will be hoping to get plenty of practice in with club cricket over the weekend.
The Highlanders will still pick up the title if the Seafareres fail to defeat the Highlanders in Schiedam.
(last five matches, most recent first)
Reivers - Beveridge*, Berrington, Young, de Lange, English, Haq, Iqbal, Smith†, Wardlaw, Sharif, Ross, Main, Alexander, Umeed
Highlanders - Mommsen, Munsey, Goudie, Leask, Evans, Wallace†*, Gardiner, Parker, Bailwal, Watt, Gosain, F Burnett, Farrell
Ones to watch
Richie Berrington gets a call up to the Reivers, so expect to see sparks flying in the T20. He has hit 100 against Bangladesh, and more recently 70* against PNG in the World Qualifiers. Michael English has struggled to find runs for the Reivers, but hit an unbeaten century for his home club Fergulise as they piled on the runs against Greenock this weekend. He will be looking to take his confidence up a level against the Highlanders in Dumfries. Gavin Main is in the squad fresh from his Championship debut with Durham where he claimed three wickets against Notts last week, so expect to see him bowling.
The Highlanders have plenty of big hitting options, with many of the top order hitting runs at above a run-a-ball in both formats. Gordon Goudie has been finding form recently which once saw him one of the first picks on the Scotland team sheet a few years ago. A new found confidence with the bat he smashed 68 in in Dundee and an incredible 43 from 18 balls in Utrecht at the T20. He has been bowling well too, and like Leask looks to be modelling himself into a genuine all-rounder.
Pitch and conditions
Reivers will have home advantage when it comes to assesing the local conditions - with Dumfries players Beveridge and Alexander in the squad. Dumfries played at home on Saturday and scored 201 all out before bowling out their opposition for 70. It's not the biggest of ground, so expect plenty of boundaries in the T20. A good score would be 140, or 250 for 50 overs, but if the Highlanders bat first expect them to attempt more.
There wasn't a drop of rain in the sky over Scotland on Saturday, so the pitch will have had plenty of time in the sun. However heavy rain is forecast for Sunday night, with the showers easing away on Monday morning, which may require a mop up operation before the T20 can start in the afternoon. If the sun comes out expect a great atmosphere with many of the Dumfries CC members and local clubs out to support.
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