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EPL NEW BOYS MEIGLE LOOKING TO BACK-UP IMPRESSIVE WEEKEND

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May 12, 2023 11 months
EPL NEW BOYS MEIGLE LOOKING TO BACK-UP IMPRESSIVE WEEKEND

Meigle are aiming to build on two wins secured last weekend in week three of domestic action.

They were promoted to the Eastern Premier League at the end of last summer after winning the SPCU North East Championship and then defeating Gala in a play-off.

In week one of the current season they lost in the league to Carlton, but they built up some momentum in week two.

A league win last Saturday at Victory Park against Watsonians was followed up on Sunday by a Scottish Cup round one triumph on the road to McCrea FS West of Scotland.

In Glasgow they defended 135 all out by dismissing their hosts for 103 and they will now travel to Clydesdale in round three on May 21.

That is for another day though and, for now, all their focus is on Saturday’s league match away to Falkland.

Meigle skipper Charles Clark said:  “Scroggie Park is never an easy place to go, so we know we’ll be in for a hard-fought game. They’re a team that will be full of confidence following their convincing win in the Scottish Cup on Sunday so we’ve got to be ready to match it.

“We can take confidence in the way we managed to get over the line in both games last weekend, particularly against a strong Watsonians side on Saturday.

“The pleasing thing was that it was very much a team effort with a number of different guys contributing over the two days, so that’s a positive for us going forward.”

As Clark mentioned, Falkland go into this clash after they thumped Calero Kelburne in the cup a few days ago.

Elsewhere in the Eastern Premier League on Saturday, Gen!us Grange will be aiming to make it three league wins from three, and they are travelling to Grange Loan for an Edinburgh derby with Carlton.

There is another capital derby at Myreside with Watsonians taking on Heriot’s while RH Corstorphine are facing Forfarshire and Stoneywood Dyce and Stewart’s Melville will meet.

In Western Premiership One on Saturday, unbeaten sides Ayr and Stenhousemuir will meet at New Cambusdoon.

Both sides have won two from two in the league so far while although Stenhousemuir lost out in a high scoring Cup tie at Tunnock’s Uddingston last Sunday, Ayr progressed by beating Langside.

Ayr captain Michael English said:  “We are very excited about the game, Stenhousemuir have looked strong so far and have proved they can play.

“It will be good to see Jan [Frylinck, the Namibian international all-rounder] play his first home game and we are expecting a good crowd down.

“In the last two weeks we have played good cricket. We have made good starts with the bat, so we are happy with that aspect and every batter has scored runs at some point in the first few games.

“Our bowling has been strong so far and our fielding has been fantastic. We just want to keep up our momentum and keep playing good, exciting cricket.”

M8 Driving Ferguslie have also started with two wins from two and they are on the road to Greenock this week with Prestwick hosting West of Scotland, Clydesdale at Uddingston and SM Cricket Stirling County welcoming Your Move Dumfries to New Williamfield.

In the SPCU North East Championship, Freuchie defeated Kinloch in week two and are keen to keep that positive form going on Saturday at home to Perth Doo’cot.

The Freuchie captain Ian Stonebridge said:  “We are looking forward to a good challenge this weekend as we come up against a good team in Perth Doo’cot which includes three Freuchie players from last season.

“We will be going into the tie with our strongest available team to date and I know the boys will all back each other to get us over the line.

“We have had a mixed start to the season with a very cold opener in Arbroath ad then a good comeback win against Kinloch last weekend.

“That has morale high in the camp, our young amateur Jeandre Niemann has now joined us and will add strength in all aspects of the game.

“We at Freuchie Cricket Club look forward to the rest of the season and will be looking to challenge the front runners as no-one has given us any hope. We like the small village underdog tag and look forward to upsetting some of the predictions.”

Elsewhere on Saturday in this league, Kinloch take on Gordonians while the Arbroath United-Aberdeenshire, Huntly-Falkland II and Forfarshire II-Strathmore matches are set to take place.

On Sunday, the sides who saw their Cup games postponed last weekend will try again.

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