No mercy from Grange as they close in on title
David Kelso (CricketMedia Scotland)
THE supremo of pacesetters Grange has warned basement boys Glenrothes there will be no drop in intensity or hunger in his squad when the teams clash today.
Glens head for Raeburn place knowing the hosts will be on a high in the wake of their stunning Scottish Cup semi final triumph over Ferguslie at the same venue.
And home player-coach John Blain insisted his players are ready to push on to new heights.
The former Scotland World Cup star said: “It was a great win for us during a very tough period of cricket.
“Our senior and junior guys are involved at all levels of cricket and demand is high for them to keep performing with resilience.
“Delivering the goods while under pressure against Ferguslie was testament to their ability and attitude.
“We have reflected on that block of the season - and we are ready for the next phase of the campaign.”
While Grange were clinching the glory in a cup thriller, Arbroath were on the wrong end of another semi final nail biter at nearby Goldenacre, where Heriot’s came out on top.
Today, Arbroath are back on their own turf against Carlton - and skipper Marc Petrie stated: “We have certainly had a season of ups and downs so far.
“The important thing is that we learn from it and take positives into the remaining games and in to next summer.
“We weren’t expecting things to be easy after losing two big players in Brendon Ford and Elton Willemse.
“Their departure has, however, provided opportunities for others such as Shaun Christie and Chris Robb to impress.
“I am confident that the inexperienced players amongst the squad will learn and become better for it.
“Of course losing to Heriot’swas a big blow, but it was a fantastic game to be a part of and they deserve credit for chasing a decent total.
“They’re having another fantastic season under the captaincy of Keith Morton.”
It is now Forfarshire’s turn to answer the Goldenacre challenge as second plays third in the championship.
Elsewhere, Watsonians welcome RHC Lions and Stew-Mel face Aberdeenshire at Inverleith.