The Cricket Scotland Men’s Regional Pro Series got off to a cracking start on June 6 – and we can expect more of the same in the second round of fixtures this coming Sunday.
In round one, the Western Warriors batters came to the party as did their counterparts from the Eastern Knights to help them see off the Performance Academy in Ayr and the Caledonian Highlanders in Edinburgh respectively.
And now the sides who scored 825 runs between them in 100 overs in those games are to meet in a mouth-watering 50-overs-a-side clash at Clydesdale’s Titwood ground this weekend.
The good news for head coach Andy Tennant and his Warriors is that Matthew Cross, the Heriot’s wicketkeeper/batter who scored 203 not out in the 178-run triumph over the Performance Academy, is available for this one.
And the even better news is that his Scotland team mates Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod are also available and they are added to the squad along with Craig Young who scored 122 not out with the bat for Clydesdale in the Scottish Cup last weekend in a victory over Stoneywood Dyce.
The Knights squad will not be confirmed until after training on Thursday, but they will be without Jamie Crawley – who smashed 206 in the victory over the Highlanders at Portgower Place – due to university exams.
That is a blow, however they will still have plenty batting in the ranks with the likes of George Munsey, Oli Hairs, Josh Wood, Dylan Budge, Tom Sole and others likely to be involved all being well.
In the bowling stakes there will be a number of interesting battles, none more so than between the Scotland spin duo who have become good friends, Hamza Tahir of the Warriors and Mark Watt of the Knights.
Meanwhile, at Arbroath’s Lochlands ground on the same day the Highlanders and the Performance Academy will be looking for their first wins of 2021.
With the likes of Craig Wallace, Marc Petrie, Callum Garden and Craig Ramsay out due to injuries and unavailability for the Highlanders, head coach Craig Wright replaces them with Arbroath’s Ross McLean and Bryce Carnegie, Heriot’s Durness MacKay-Champion and Stoneywood Dyce’s Jack Lambley for this one.
Michael Leask, the Scotland all-rounder, could be the one to watch for them after he smashed an amazing 198 from just 70 balls – including 18 fours and 16 sixes – for ion8 Forfarshire in their T20 Regional Cup win over Perth Doo’cot on Wednesday evening.
Performance Academy head coach Toby Bailey is still waiting on a couple of confirmations to firm up his squad, but Fin McCreath and Ben Davidson come into contention.
And they will be looking for runs to come from the bat of Rory Johnston who scored 110 from just 50 balls – including 16 fours and 4 sixes – in the support role to Leask during his innings in midweek for Forfs.
The Warriors v Knights match will be live stream on Cricket Scotland Live
The Highlanders v Performance Academy match will be live scored and you can follow the match on Cricket Scotland Live
Both games start at 11am and spectators are not allowed.