Hamish GARDINER and teenager Chayank Gosain will take to the field at Grange Loan for Carlton’s Scottish Cup encounter with West of Scotland with a spring in their step, having made their respective debuts for Scotland A this week.
Batsman Gardiner, who is 23 years old, and 17-year-old spinner Gosain were added to the Scotland A squad for the 50-over match on Tuesday, the 40-over match on Wednesday and two T20 matches yesterday away to Durham’s second XI.
With both players having acquitted themselves well, they will be keen to continue a great few days by helping Carlton record their third win from three in Group C before the cup takes a break and the CSL Eastern Premier League gets under way.
Fraser Watts, who will captain Carlton tomorrow with regular skipper Preston Mommsen unavailable due to Saltires duties, said: “It is great for the club and great for Hamish and Cheeky [Gosain’s nickname] that they were given a chance to show what they can do at a higher level for the A team. I am sure they will both have taken a lot from the experience and learnt from the other players around them. Hopefully it will be a springboard that will see them go on to bigger and better things.
“It has been well documented that Hamish was with the club when he was a youngster before moving to Australia and we are enjoying having him back. He is a really nice guy who has really bought into the club ethos. As for Cheeky, well we have known for a few years that he has raw talent, but he has to keep working hard and taking wickets for the club first and foremost.”
Carlton have given a number of young players the chance to shine in their opening wins against RH Corstorphine and Prestwick and another in the shape of 18-year-old Ali Shah will debut tomorrow.
Shah comes in to the first XI after a brilliant 207 not out for the seconds against Watsonians last week and it will be intriguing to see how he handles the step up against better opposition in the shape of West, their bowling attack being led by ex-Scotland seamer John Blain.
Also coming in for Carlton, in the absence of Saltires duo Mommsen and Gordon Drummond, is Ireland international Rory McCann.
The 28-year-old has arrived in the Capital as the director of sport for the juniors at Merchiston Castle School where he will also teach Geography. He will be a good addition to the Carlton ranks when work commitments allow.
West of Scotland travel east with two wins from two as well, so it should be an interesting match.
Elsewhere today, holders Heriot’s will also be looking to make it three wins from three in the cup.
They are at home to last year’s CSL Western Premier Division winners Dumfries in Group E and their bowling attack will be keen to get back out on the pitch after slick displays to bowl Falkland out for 120 and Ferguslie for 55 in April.
Barclays Grange travel to Renfrew looking to make it three wins from three in Group F. Watsonians are on the road to Weirs in Group D looking to make amends for their thumping defeat at Drumpellier six days ago.
Finally, East Kilbride is the destination for SMRH and West Lothian are at Clydesdale in Group G while Penicuik are looking for a first win of the season at home to Poloc in Group B.
After tomorrow the Scottish Cup resumes again on June 29. The weekend highlight in the East Leagues is Carlton II’s trip to Musselburgh in East One tomorrow.