Watson relishing visit of Ferguslie
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
WEST of Scotland skipper Gregg Watson is relishing the visit of leaders Ferguslie to Hamilton Crescent.
The Partick side have established themselves in the top half of the table following promotion to the Western Premier but face their biggest challenge to date against the Paisley team who are bidding to bounce back from their first defeat.
Watson said: “I expect Ferguslie will be well up for this one and desperate to get back to winning ways but we’re looking forward to the challenge.
“You always want to test yourself against the best as it gives you a yardstick of where you are. We’ve been pretty pleased with our start but it’s still early days.”
Ferguslie, beaten by Greenock a week ago, are without Scotland’s latest cap Hamza Tahir who is on international duty in Holland but his younger brother Douad is likely to feature following a promising debut.
Skipper Jamey Carruthers said: “Douad was the only positive for us from the Greenock match but overall we need a huge improvement.”
Elsewhere, Prestwick, having joined Ferguslie at the top of the table, aim to step-up their title push when they entertain Uddingston at the Henry Thow Oval.
The champions have consigned their opening day defeat to history with five straight wins while Uddingston’s record of three victories and three defeats tells a tale of inconsistency.
This match features the league’s two leading wicket-takers, Prestwick’s Sachin Chaudhary having 19 victims, five more than Mo Awais who has been a key figure for the Bothwell side.
Clydesdale are again without Scotland star Richie Berrington as they head down the coast to face Ayr.
One of the heroes of that historic win over England last weekend is again on international duty, this time against Ireland.
Despite last week’s defeat to Prestwick, Dale remain well placed to challenge for the title and start favourites against an Ayr team who find themselves in a spot of bother in second bottom place.
Poloc were the latest team to inflict defeat on Ayr and the Shawholm men are bidding for a third consecutive victory when they visit Dumfries.
The Nunholm men, having looked poised to break their duck at Stirling last week, were ultimately forced to settle for a tie but will surely take encouragement from their most convincing batting display of the season, Andrew Dawson and Chris Bellwood both finding form.
Poloc, who have also been scoring freely in the last two weeks, welcome back young wicketkeeper Calum James.
Greenock, having become the first team to beat Ferguslie, will bid to continue their ascent of the table by leapfrogging Stirling who are their visitors at Glenpark.
The home side welcome back Chris Hempsey with youngster Ewan Stewart making way.