Gary Heatly looks ahead to the weekend’s action in the Eastern Premier Division…
With three weeks to go in the Eastern Premier Division season it is crunch time for all of the clubs who are looking to avoid finishing bottom.
Defeats to both ion8 Forfarshire and Carlton last weekend, coupled with wins for sides around them, have left Stewart’s Melville in 10th spot just now.
Steven Parker’s men know they need to get back to winning ways soon and Saturday’s home match with Stoneywood Dyce at Inverleith is a big one.
The Aberdeen side travel to Edinburgh looking to win in the capital for the second time in six days, a result which would all but secure their top flight status for 2022.
Last Sunday, Jamie King’s men were bowled out for just 82 at Barnton by RH Corstorphine, but then the visiting bowling attack were on fire to skittle their hosts for just 43 to secure a 39-run victory that had looked very unlikely at the halfway stage.
When Stoneywood Dyce and Stew Mel met at Peoples Park earlier in the season it was a pretty tight affair – 176 all out playing 144 all out as King’s men won by 32-runs – and given what is at stake we could be in for another close one this time around.
It was also interesting to note this week that Greg Bissett has now passed 4000 runs in his career for the Stew Mel first XI, a real ‘club man’ and congratulations to him.
Meigle lost to Heriot’s last Sunday, but on Saturday they defeated RHC and that has left the Perthshire side in ninth spot.
They are taking on second placed Carlton at Victory Park this weekend and when the sides met in Edinburgh earlier in the summer the latter won by 146-runs via DLS.
Two defeats last weekend has left seventh placed RHC looking down the table worryingly and they will want to get back to winning ways away to fourth placed ion8 Forfarshire.
That will be a big ask for Caleb Whitefoord’s men, but in this season of twists and turns in the Eastern Premier Division who knows what can happen.
Elsewhere this weekend, leaders Heriot’s host sixth placed Watsonians before they meet in the Scottish Cup final on Sunday while second placed Gen!us Grange welcome fifth placed Arbroath to Portgower Place.
Stewart’s Melville captain Steven Parker is pictured
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