TEENAGER Duncan Anderson has earned a place in Heriot’s line-up for an East Premiership clash at Arbroath tomorrow after one of the more unusual cricketing “centuries” compiled last weekend.
Turning out for Heriot’s School against Watson’s College, the 16-year-old Anderson slammed a hearty 66 then hours late returned to the crease to make 36 in a Heriot’s second-team win over West Lothian as well as taking two wickets for 18 runs.
“Duncan has been given an opportunity by the fact David Ross, our top scorer with 56 last week against Stoneywood Dyce, is absent at the stag weekend of his brother (former Scotland rugby cap, Gordon),” said club spokesman Chris Middleton, adding: “Promoting up and comings is all part of a long-term process and we have every confidence in Duncan even against tough opposition such as Arbroath, who opened the league with a win at Watsonians.”
Heriot’s skipper Steve Knox endorses those remarks, adding: “Duncan, who bats left handed but bowls right-arm seam deliveries, actually was chosen for a debut in the final match of the 2011 season, but it proved a bit controversial albeit not his fault.
“Circumstances left us having to fulfil two games in two days and we inadvertently included Duncan against Watsonians at Myreside without registering him with league authorities.Even though the match was rained off, we still had points docked, but that is all water under the bridge and last season saw Duncan make his mark not only in school cricket but by taking the bowling prize for our second team.
“Duncan’s inclusion at Arbroath could be the start of a long association with the top team and the good news is he has a younger brother, Alex, coming through the ranks.”
In fact, Heriot’s were due to field four players aged under 18 when they tackled Marchmont in a Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy tie last night with James Hearn, Ben Wilkinson and Mark Watt joining Duncan Anderson in the line-up.
All-rounder Anderson’s emergence is particularly timely as international seamer Sean Weeraratna will be missing on account of starting a new job.
At Grange Loan, Carlton hold a 150th anniversary Open Day in conjunction with a league match against arch rivals Barclays Grange.
New ornamental gates at the premises will be officially unlocked and out on the pitch Carlton will be hoping to keep their winning start going.
Returning after injury is Hamish Gardiner, while Kyle Macpherson gets the chance to build on a maiden senior half-century against SMRH.
Continuing to find their way in the Carlton line-up will be Rory McCann and Kyle Stirling.
McCann has played 27 times for Ireland, including eight ODIs and is now teaching at Merchiston Castle School, while Stirling has flown in from South Africa keen to build on appearances for Scotland under-19s on the strength of ancestry.
Sean Olivier also returns on a day when caps Preston Mommsen and Gordon Drummond are with the Scotland squad facing Pakistan.
Barclays Grange will be hoping to take a step towards reclaiming the Watts-Frazer Trophy at stake in matches between the club’s teams at all levels over a season.
Barclays Grange president Bobby Frazer said: “The idea of a trophy to cement rivalry emerged from a conversation between myself and Fraser Watts, the Carlton batsman.
“Carlton won in 2011 and when 22 clashes from under-9s upwards ended with honours even at 11 wins apiece in 2012 they kept the trophy.”
Grange’s chances could be helped if Saltire Simon Smith has no reaction to returning from an ankle injury for MCC at Loretto School yesterday.
Also hoping to make a debut for Grange is Gordon Goudie whose Saltires hopes have been hit by a back niggle but more likely is the fact that Raj Routray and Chris Sole will open the bowling for Josh Edwards first change,
At Inverleith, SMRH await Watsonians with vice-captain Greg Bisset in optimistic mood despite an opening-day defeat by Carlton.
Said Bisset: “From a batting perspective we didn’t lose wickets in clumps and because of that we managed to put together the starting point for two or three good partnerships. The batting of Steven Parker and Rich Hannam towards the end was also pleasing and the challenge now is to be a bit bolder and more positive in the middle of the innings and make those partnerships more telling.
“In the field, our bowling unit stuck to their task pretty well and we didn’t concede many extras.”
On Sunday, Penicuik host RH Corstorphine with evergreen former Scotland cap Willie Morton and young Tom Hilton replacing the injured James Scott and Chris Ashforth who is missing due to work commitments.
RH Corstorphine travelled to Freuchie and posted a first win of the season last week and were due to be at home but with their ground unavailable the tie has been switched to Penicuik’s Kirkhill.
In East League Division One, Holy Cross visit Dunfermline with Raja Javed hoping to go one better than last week when he had the misfortune to be caught on 99 against Grange 2nds.
Other matches see Edinburgh Accies await Murrayfield DAFS, Musselburgh receiving St Boswells, Watsonian 2nds at home to Edinburgh South and Grange 2nds tackling Carlton 2nd.