Gary Heatly looks ahead to Saturday’s matches in the Eastern Premier Division…
Meigle are in fine fettle ahead of their Eastern Premier Division clash with Gen!us Grange on Saturday after a superb innings from Zahid Rasheed helped them to progress to the last 16 of the Voneus Village Cup last Sunday.
The Victory Park men, who saw their week five league match with RH Corstorphine rained off on the Saturday, travelled down to Lancashire to take on Torrisholme CC and restricted their hosts to 165-7 from 40 overs.
Rasheed, his brother Majid and skipper Charles Clark led the way with two wickets apiece for Meigle, but in reply the Scots slipped to 102-4 from 30 overs.
It meant they still required 64 runs from the last 60 balls, but with Rasheed at the crease – 26 not out off 20 balls at that point – they still had a chance.
Wickets kept falling around him and although Rasheed made it past 50, by the time the start of the final over came they still required 14 runs and had just one wicket remaining.
Rasheed managed to keep the strike with last man Murray Scott at the other end and the former, who ended up on 70 not out from 43 balls, said: “The first ball of the final over was a dot ball, but then I managed to hit a six before another dot ball.
“The fourth ball I managed to hit for another six and then I hit a four to make sure that we won the game.
“It was a great feeling and I was very happy because I had helped the team to come out on top in such a big game. We now travel down south again on July 4 [to play Houghton Main in Yorkshire] and are just a few games from possibly playing at Lord’s, but before that we have to focus on important games this weekend.
“We are looking forward to playing against Grange in the league on Saturday and we believe at home especially that we can cause the other teams in the division problems.
“And on Sunday we have our delayed Scottish Cup tie against Forfarshire, so another busy cricketing weekend, but that is what we want after we missed most of last summer.”
Ahead of the league match on Saturday, Meigle are eighth in the table with Grange second.
Leaders ion8 Forfarshire batted well to score over 300 against Stewart’s Melville last week and they are at home to fifth placed Carlton at Forthill.
Heriot’s, in third, are heading to Lochlands to take on seventh placed Arbroath.
Fourth placed Watsonians, who have recorded seven wins in a row in all competitions, are on the road to take on ninth placed Stoneywood Dyce.
And at Barnton, sixth placed RHC face 10th placed Stew Mel in an Edinburgh derby.
The latter have lost all five league outings to date this term, but skipper Steven Parker said: “There is no way of dressing it up, it has been a tough start to the season in the league, but the heads certainly have not gone down and this group of players certainly believes in each other.
“We know that we are good enough to compete with sides in this division on our day and, at times, lapses in concentration this season have cost us in the recent weeks.”
Meigle CC’s first XI are pictured after their great Village Cup win last Sunday
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