Glenrothes struggling for survival
David Kelso (CricketMedia Scotland)
GLENROTHES have ended their season prematurely - battling to save their existence as one of Scotland’s leading clubs.
The alarm bells rang loudly last weekend when they pulled out of their tussle with Aberdeenshire at Mannofield because of “availability issues.”
Now they have also cancelled today’s final league match of the summer at home to Forfarshire.
On Wednesday, the Gilvenbank club - without a championship win all year - staged a crisis meeting.
No details have been made available and all chairman Kenny Crichton would say was: “It was well attended and positive.
“I confirm that the game against Forfarshire will not take place.”
It is understood that Glens officials opted to pull the plug on the two fixtures rather than throw inexperienced or “social” players into the fray against top flight opposition.
Whatever happens to the Glenrothes over the next few months, they are parting company with skipper Safyaan Sharif with immediate effect.
Scotland star Sharif intimated that he has yet to decide where his club cricketing future lies.
In the meantime, the cancellation of this afternoon’s encounter could have a knock-on effect on who claims the runners-up slot behind Grange.
Assuming that Forfarshire are awarded a full haul of points by default, a defeat at Arbroath for deposed champions Heriot’s would enable the Broughty Ferry brigade to leapfrog them into second place.
Elsewhere, Grange entertain neighbours Stew-Mel and Carlton host RHC Lions.
Watsonians close a roller-coaster season by facing Aberdeenshire at Myreside.