Carruthers looking for Ferguslie improvement
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
FERGUSLIE skipper Jamey Carruthers is looking for improvements from his side – despite boasting a perfect record of four wins in the opening month of the season.
The Paisley side are back on home turf this afternoon following last week’s win at Stirling and start firm favourites against a Poloc team who have failed to add to their opening day win at West of Scotland.
Carruthers said: “I still believe we can improve a great deal – we’re obviously pleased with four wins but we can become a much more clinical side.
“As with any game in this league Poloc will be a tough test for us but we will look to put in another strong home performance.”
Ferguslie are unchanged for the third week on the trot but Poloc have doubts over left-arm spinner Hasseeb Zaker who will undergo a fitness test. Ahmed-Raza Hanif is on standby while Amaan Ali has been selected to bolster the middle order.
That middle order is unlikely to need much bolstering, though, if South African Jurie Snyman maintains the form that saw him blast a 39-ball century against West in midweek.
A Poloc spokesman said: “It's small improvements in all areas that will be needed to produce the cumulative improvement required to add to matchday one's win.”
Elsewhere Clydesdale, having recovered from defeat on the opening day with back-to-back wins, can step up their challenge when they face rock-bottom Greenock at Titwood.
Scotland’s record cap holder Richie Berrington has the chance to pile on the misery for his former club but, far from being a one-man band, Berrington is finding support from a clutch of talented youngsters, among them Angus Guy and Zain Ashraf who have both made vital contributions with the bat in the last fortnight.
Greenock are hoping the sunshine and an international venue will bring out the best in their Indian professional Saurabh Bandekar who has yet to hit top form while the visitors may be boosted by the return of wicket-keeper Chris Hempsey who has recovered from a poisoned ankle following an insect bite.
Champions Prestwick, having failed to raise a team for last Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie at Arbroath, may have to raise their game for the visit of a West of Scotland team who have climbed to second in the table following three straight wins.
Elsewhere, Stirling entertain Ayr while Dumfries will attempt to break their duck at Uddingston.