Forfarshire Cricket Club have claimed their first-ever Eastern Premier title, with a commanding 12 wins from 13 games to see them sit top of the table with a 93.85% win percentage.
Commenting on the win, captain Umair Mohammed said: “This is a collective effort from everyone at the club. The players merely carry the hard work done by the people behind the scenes during the week in to match days.
“We just want to go out there and make them proud – and I hope we have done that. This victory is for everyone associated with Forfarshire CC.
“It’s important to enjoy the moment, but we want to keep on proving that we are the best team in the country, not just in the east. We will now prepare for Grand Final day [Saturday 31st August against Uddingston].”
Grange, finishing second in the tournament, also gave praise to Forfarshire with John Blain commenting: “I’m truly delighted for Umair and his boys. Forfarshire have assembled an excellent group of players at the club with a blend of youth and experience – a healthy balance.
“They have been driven in the right direction both on and off the field for a number of years now and their first league title is rewards for the work that has been done.”
Marc Petrie, captain of Arbroath United Cricket Club, added: “It is a fantastic feat by the best team this season.
“They should be proud of their performances and this success is thoroughly deserved. Umi has led the team fantastically well over the past few seasons and deserves the praise for the way him and his team have acquitted themselves. I’m sure they will have more success in the future.”
Forfarshire’s journey to championship glory started with a brilliant century by Michael Leask and ended in exactly the same vein in the last round of the Eastern Premier as they crushed Stew-Mel at Inverleith on 24th August.
Back in the chill of April, Scotland star Leask got the ball rolling by hitting 124 in the prophetic victory over then holders Grange at Raeburn Place and on Saturday, just around the corner, his 128 propelled Forfs to a lofty 309 all out.
He said: “I haven’t been too bothered about my own performances – all I was focussed on was helping the team to win the title and adding something to the team.
“Beating Stew-Mel was hugely satisfying because it was a very poor track and too pass the 300-mark on it was a big feat. I suppose it just summed up the positive attitude that all the boys have had through the summer.”
Forfarshire will face Uddingston in the Cricket Scotland Grand Final on Saturday 31st August.