Carruthers upbeat ahead of Uddingstown clash
FERGUSLIE skipper Jamey Carruthers is determined to ensure his team does not rest on their laurels after last week’s outstanding win over Clydesdale.
The Paisley men launched their Western Premier campaign in style by brushing Dale aside at Meikleriggs.
Ferguslie have home advantage again when Uddingston, idle last week due to the weather, provide the opposition for the day’s standout fixture.
Carruthers said: “It was a good opening day win and I was relatively pleased with the way we played. However, there is plenty room for improvement.
“The focus is now on Uddingston and another tough game when we will need to take care of our own performance.”
Last week’s win featured a brilliant unbeaten century from Scotland prospect Michael English and another cap star of the future Hamza Tahir, back at Meikleriggs after a season with Poloc, was in sparkling form during the week, the left-arm spinner claiming six wickets to bowl Scotland A to a nine-wicket win over Durham 2nd XI.
Meanwhile Uddingston skipper Bryan Clarke is backing his men for another successful campaign after last season’s third place finish – just behind Ferguslie.
The Bothwell club have lost Anwar Hafeez to Ayr but welcome attacking batsman Mo Awais who has joined from Clydesdale and Clarke said: “I’m pleased with the make-up of the squad and the balance of experience and youth.
“It looks like being a really tight league again and I believe we can match anyone on our day.”
Elsewhere, champions Prestwick will bid to bounce back from their surprise defeat to Stirling but face a testing trip to Poloc who are on a high after a thrilling last-over win against West of Scotland.
Poloc, though, have managed just one victory against today’s visitors in the last four seasons and will look to Coenie Nel to repeat the heroics which saw him score his first century at any level a week ago.
Stirling, aiming to claim another big scalp, entertain a Clydesdale team bidding to kickstart their challenge.
Ayr and Greenock, both beaten by the weather on day one, clash at Cambusdoon and the away side should be boosted by Indian professional Saurabh Bandekar who was due to arrive in the country last night.
Dumfries, also entering the fray for the first time, entertain a West side who make two changes from the one that just failed to mark their top-flight return with victory, Jesse Mills and Jon Williams replacing Simon Naitram and Jonathan Fearn.