Cricket: Stoneywood Dyce’s Jon Grant relishing problem of big-hitting Forfarshire
Forfarshire embrace Scotland internationals Craig Wallace and Michael Leask – previously of Stoneywood Dyce – of their line-up and Grant expects them to take the struggle to the bowling assault.
Each gamers featured on the T20 World Cup final 12 months for Scotland, with Leask contributing some spectacular cameos with the bat. In home cricket this 12 months, Wallace is the third-highest run-scorer, which have come at almost two a ball.
Stoneywood Dyce bowler Jon Grant is relishing the problem of dealing with Forfarshire’s big-hitters this weekend.
However in skilled swing-bowler Grant, Stoneywood Dyce have somebody stuffed with confidence, with 15 wickets to his title to date.
“They take it to the bowlers, slightly than attempting to play their method into an innings,” mentioned Grant. “They appear to get off to a flying begin and if you happen to get them out early, you’re in with a shout.
“It’s your bread and butter as a bowler – you need anyone to have a go and to check your mentality. Jamie (King, captain) is fairly good, with the fields he units, at seeking to assault batsman and get them out early.
“With the transfer to the pink ball this 12 months, there was doubt about how lengthy it might swing for because it’s transferring in direction of a batting-orientated recreation. However there’s not been a lot change and I’ve been capable of nick a number of wickets early on.
“At 39, it’s not getting any simpler for the physique, however it’s good to see the problem remains to be there. I’ve nonetheless received the starvation to get Stoneywood Dyce up the desk.”
Stoneywood Dyce hope to have King again this weekend, after he picked up a hip harm final month. In his absence, the staff have seen their early-season progress checked by three consecutive defeats.
“We’ve come up towards Corstorphine and Heriots and we got here near beating Grange at dwelling,” added Grant. “The video games we may have gained, we did, and if we will we attempt to get some wins below our belt away from dwelling.
“Jamie has been missed up prime with the brand new ball and what he is ready to do with it off the seam. It’ll be good to have him again.”
In the meantime, within the North-East Championship Huntly will look to reveal their credentials as title challengers when second-placed Meigle go to Citadel Park.
Huntly have gained their final three fixtures and sit third within the desk. One other victory for Jack Mitchell’s expenses would put them firmly within the title hunt together with Meigle and leaders Aberdeenshire.
Shire return to league motion after final weekend’s Scottish Cup loss to Watsonians with Perth Doo’cot visiting Mannofield.
Sixth-placed Gordonians are additionally at dwelling when Dundee HSFP – who’re with out a win to date this summer season – go to Countesswells.