Upbeat skipper Petrie excited by Heriot’s test

HE'S BACK!: Ben McGill was brought out of retirement.
HE'S BACK!: Ben McGill was brought out of retirement.

Arbroath United Cricket Club faced Carlton in a soggy match at Lochlands on Saturday but managed to claim the victory by a solid 47 runs.

The weather leading up to the game left the pitch in poor condition giving groundsmen a tricky task in preparing it for the encounter.

Confined to just 47 overs a side to allow areas of the park to dry, United elected to bat first.

Arbroath United CC captain Marc Petrie had anticipated the effect this would have on scores by the batsmen.

“I think we controlled things pretty well throughout the game even in the bad conditions,” he said.

“Carlton are a good side and they’re always up there at the end of the season. They are one of the three or four favourites for this year.

“Calvin Burnett scored 50 and took two wickets as well, which helped us get up to a winnable total. If he hadn’t, we would have been a lot shorter on runs and it wouldn’t have been so easy to go out and bowl.”

Arbroath’s bowlers stuck at it, proving the downfall of Carlton.

Benny McGill was hauled from retirement to step in at short notice to help out and bowled an excellent game, taking wickets to put pressure on the batsmen.

Looking to tomorrow (Saturday), United anticipate a strong dose of competition from the, so far, undefeated Edinburgh team Heriot’s.

Despite already facing three tough Edinburgh teams, Arbroath are not phased and are looking forward to tomorrows ‘friendly’ match.

The captain added: “Heriot’s are a pretty good side. They have improved from last year. It is going to be a great match.

“We always have exciting games against them, so expect a good battle.

“We are going to go out and do what we always do, which is concentrate on our own performance. If each individual plays well for us, I am confident about coming away with a win.”

The team is set to stay the same, missing Matthew Hurst and Craig Ramsay, who are tied up with other commitments.