CSL Eastern Premier preview week 3
FORFARSHIRE player-coach Chris Greaves had smashed three brilliant centuries so far this season - but hasn’t yet been able to set the heather on fire in the league.
But he is aiming to change that trend when the Broughty Ferry brigade take on Grange at Raeburn Place today.
Greaves’ latest ton came in midweek on the hallowed turf of Lord’s, when he made 106 as MCC Scotland finished runners up in the ruling body’s regional T20 tournament.
Now he has set his sights on ending his Eastern Premiership drought and steering his club to their first win of the campaign.
Greaves said: “It certainly hasn’t been a case of a lack of runs or poor form on my part - and I feel it will all come together for me in terms of doing the business for Forfarshire.
“We have actually been playing some pretty good cricket, but just haven’t managed to get over the line.
“There are lots of positives in the camp and we believe we can earn success against Grange.
“We are a young side with a new line-up and it is only to be expected for us to take time to find a rhythm.
“Everyone at the club is excited about what will come.”
Unbeaten Arbroath face Aberdeenshire in the north east derby at Mannofield, where they will give a debut to overseas youngster Hayden Laing - a South African with Tayside connections.
Skipper Marc Petrie said: “He is a genuine all rounder who can bat anywhere in the top six.
“He is also a useful medium-pacer who, I am sure, will prove valuable to us.”
Hayden is great-nephew of former Scotland, Perthshire and Meigle legend Ralph Laing and son of Dean Laing, who played at first-class level for Transvaal and Nottinghamshire.
Glenrothes will be favourites to snatch the scalp of SMRH at Gilvenbank to extend their flawless start to the season.
Home batsmen Fred Culley is absent, so captain Safyaan Sharif has called up Graham Dodds.
Elsewhere, Falkland are away to struggling champions Carlton, while Heriot’s face Watsonians at Goldenacre.