Watson confident West can rekindle campaign
Willie Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
GREGG Watson is confident West of Scotland can put recent disappointments behind them and rekindle their Western Premier campaign with victory at Greenock.
After an encouraging start, the Partick club have lost their way, losing their last two completed matches while last week’s clash with Dumfries was abandoned after a few overs when the umpires deemed their Hamilton Crescent pitch unfit.
League chiefs have yet to announce any sanctions with a replay or a points penalty among the options available.
The latter would thrust West into a potential relegation battle but skipper Watson will focus only on today’s action.
He said: “Last week was disappointing but the umpires made the correct decision in the circumstances. There’s no further comment to make on that at the moment.”
However, Watson added: “Saturday’s game is really important for us as we’re looking to get back on track after a couple of losses.
“Greenock is one of my favourite places to play so it will be great to get out there again and hopefully get back on the winning trail.”
Meanwhile Greenock, having moved off the bottom of the table with victory over Ayr last week, could leapfrog West with a big win and a club spokesman said: “There is little to separate the teams at the foot of the table.
“Our team spirit was evident last week and we need to show that again when we face West.”
Greenock bring in Tom Forrest and Sehmat Pandher for Sean Fischer-Keogh and Sam Sanghera while West are at full strength.
Last week’s defeat saw Ayr slip into the relegation places and they face a daunting task to hoist themselves back up the table when runaway leaders Ferguslie visit Cambusdoon.
Andi McElnea’s side have managed just two wins all season, going down heavily in the corresponding fixture at Meikleriggs and it is unlikely that the Paisley side will be distracted by tomorrow’s eagerly anticipated Scottish Cup semi-final at Grange.
Elsewhere Poloc, having slipped from third to sixth following last week’s defeat at Prestwick, will head back in the right direction if they can fashion a rare southside derby win over second top Clydesdale at Shawholm.
However, they face a Dale side looking to bounce back from last week’s home reverse to Stirling.
Stirling go into their home fixture against Uddingston in high spirits after winning the Rowan Cup in midweek to reach Murgitroyd T20 finals day for the first time while Dumfries will look to climb off bottom spot with a home win against outgoing champions Prestwick.