RHC facing tough tussle with Grange
David Kelso (CricketMedia Scotland)
RHC player-coach Majid Haq will warn his side to prepare for their biggest ever test when they square up to pacesetters Grange today.
Haq and his team-mates have acquitted themselves well since being promoted to the top flight.
But the experienced internationalist knows the Barnton tussle against the unbeaten Raeburn Place outfit will be another huge step up.
Maj said: “This game is as big as it gets - but we are really looking forward to the challenge.
“We are close to being at full strength and we hope to make the most of home advantage.
“Jim McFadyen has done a tremendous job on the ground and it is looking fantastic.
“From our point of view, we believe that if we get the basics consistently right throughout the contest, we possess the quality and fighting spirit to earn us an important win.”
Forfar will be in buoyant mood as they welcome Aberdeen to Forthill in the battle of the Shires.
But as host skipper Umair Mohammed emphasised, the Dons will arrive in equally confident fettle.
He declared: “They are always dangerous - and they showed their talents to the full last weekend by claiming the scalp of champions Heriot’s on their own turf.
“That was no easy task and the result will be stark reminder to us that they are not a team to be taken lightly in any way.”
Mohammed’s troops go into the fray after pulling off an equally meritorious and emphatic victory over Arbroath at Lochlands.
So recent form would suggest that an intriguing spat is on the cards at Broughty Ferry.
Arbroath face a tricky jaunt to Myreside to face a Watsonians line-up refreshed by their success at the expense of Glenrothes.
Visiting captain Marc Petrie said: “Lichties skipper Marc Petrie said: “Sonians are definitely a much better side than the table suggests at the moment and I’m sure they will be ready to go on a big run at any moment.
“With some of the game winners they have, we have to be very wary.
“We were very disappointed with last weeks performance, we were second best in every department and it simply wasn’t good enough.
“But training has been productive this week and we feel we are ready to bounce back.”