Strength-in-depth sees Heriot’s home

Gary Heatly takes a look ahead to week 18 of action in the Eastern Premier League for 2022

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August 26, 2022 2 years
Strength-in-depth sees Heriot’s home

Heriot’s skipper Lloyd Brown returns to the side for the Eastern Premier League champions as they play their last regular season match of the summer at eighth placed Falkland on Saturday afternoon.

The Goldenacre men wrapped up the title a fortnight ago and, after losing out in the semi-finals of the national T20 Cup to eventually winners Forfarshire last Sunday, now have their focus on next Saturday’s Premier League Grand Final.

In that one at Titwood in Glasgow they will play either Prestwick or Ferguslie, so they will want to warm-up for it with a win at Scroggie Park.

Scotland players Matthew Cross and Gavin Main are also back for Heriot’s.

Ahead of the game Brown has been looking back on the season and said:  “I think what has really pleased me about this season is the way that everyone has contributed when required and when we have had players away on representative duties the guys who have come in have done a great job.

“When you are defending champions as we have been everyone wants to take your scalp, so in every game you have to be ‘at it’ from ball one or else the other team can pounce.

“The fact that the guys have kept their standards high throughout the summer is testament to the culture that has been growing at Heriot’s for the last few years.

“For me it has been an honour to lead this group of boys and they have made my job that bit easier with their application and desire.

“Early on in the season our 151 run win over Grange was key because it showed everyone what we were about while chasing down 316 to win at Forfarshire in June was also a big moment.

“Another game that springs to mind is the home match against Watsonians in July when we still need 29 runs to win with our last wicket pair at the crease.

Rory Martin and James Hickman held their nerve to get us over the line and that was huge for us.

“Good teams find a way to win even when they aren’t playing their best and we did that then.

“We still have this weekend’s game at Falkland to come and then the Premier League final next week, but I just want to thank the players for all the effort they have put in during recent months, I’d like to thank the groundstaff for their great wickets at Myreside. I’d like to thank Chaz [Charlie Clark] for scoring and I’d like to thank the wider club for their support.”

With Arbroath already relegated, all the matches today are just to confirm final placings.

Ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup final with Ayr, third placed Forfarshire play sixth placed Watsonians while 10th placed Arbroath welcome fifth placed RH Corstorphine to Lochlands, fourth placed Carlton are at ninth placed Stoneywood Dyce and seventh placed Stewart’s Melville host second placed Gen!us Grange.

Saturday, August 27’s fixtures:

Forfarshire v Watsonians (Forthill)

Arbroath v RH Corstorphine (Lochlands)

Falkland v Heriot’s (Scroggie Park)

Stoneywood Dyce v Carlton (People’s Park)

Stewart’s Melville v Gen!us Grange (Inverleith)

Thanks to David Potter for the picture of the Heriot’s squad

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