Preview: Eastern Premier Week Three

Cricket Scotland Media preview week three of the Eastern Premier League.

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May 11, 2019 5 years
Preview: Eastern Premier Week Three

SOMETHING must give at Goldenacre, where two of the three unbeaten sides – Heriot’s and Forfarshire lock horns.

The trip across the bridges will hold no fear for the Broughty Ferry brigade as it comes only a fortnight after they snatched the scalp of champions Grange just round the corner at Raeburn Place, and in spite of holding ground advantage, Heriot’s will go into the encounter as slight underdogs.

Host captain Keith Morton believes the ingredients are there for a cracking contest. He said: “Forfarshire are playing an exciting brand of cricket and if both clubs perform the way they should, it will be a belter.

“From our own point of view, we are at full strength and we are determined keep the momentum going against a strong team.”

Also capital-bound are Stoneywood-Dyce-Dyce, the other side who have notched two wins out of two. They head for Inverleith, inspired by the recent memory of beating Carlton on their own patch.

Defiant Arbroath skipper Marc Petrie is hoping that the arrival of new pro Wihan Lubbe can turn round his side’s fortunes – however he has warned the rest of the team that they can’t rely on the South African to win matches on his own.

Lubbe endured his first chilly net session on Thursday and goes straight into the line-up to face Aberdeenshire at Lochlands.

Petrie declared: “The temperatures here might have come as a shock to his system, but he is match fit, having been part of his T20 tournament winning Highveldt Lions side last weekend.

“His presence here is a big boost, however I am confident that the whole squad can turn things round after our two league defeats.”

The inclusion of Lubbe in place of Jack Plomer is the only change to the line-up. Grange, who got back on tracks by powering past Aberdeenshire, will be fancied to be too strong for Carlton at Raeburn Place – but this fixture has thrown up more than a few upsets in recent years.

The outcome of the Watsonians v RH Corstorphine derby at Myreside is likely to hinge on the toss at the end of a challenging week for groundsmen.

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