10 out of 10 for SMRH and Tranent in the East

SMRH team

With five weeks to run of the regular season in the Baillie Gifford ESCA leagues every team is frantically looking to secure wins.

Two sides who have already managed to notch up 10 league wins out of 10 in 2016 are SMRH and Tranent.

SMRH are currently out on top in the Championship, their latest victory coming last weekend against Carlton II.

And skipper Greg Ruthven ha hailed the way the team have come together this year at Inverleith as they aim to make a return to the CSL Eastern Premiership.

Ruthven said:  “With a number of older players retiring and others moving on over the last couple of years we have put a real focus on youth this year.

“Bringing in Tom Beaton, who has so much experience back home in Australia at a high level, helped the younger players no end because he helped them out and, along with the help of senior players, they have started to feel at home in the first team.

“Tom has now returned home to prepare for his season over there, but having been on such a good run since the start of the season we want it to continue.

“We know that we have a number of tough matches still to play at it is up to myself and the other guys to make sure that we maintain the high standards that we have set and go on and finish top.

“What has pleased me most is that everyone has contributed at various times during the season and guys are really stepping up and taking responsibility and playing mature cricket.

“The banter and camaraderie amongst the group is good and all of that means that the club is in a positive place with the other XIs also playing some good stuff in the leagues below us.”

Greg’s younger brother Elliot has earned a Scotland ‘A’ call-up off the back of their form while Michael Miller has played for the Eastern Knights in regional competitions.

Meanwhile, in Division Four, Tranent from East Lothian are leading the way.

The club was only formed in 2010, but since then the first XI have had a string of promotions and they now have three sides playing league cricket regularly.

Last Saturday the first team bowled out Stuart&Stuart Penicuik to win by 109-runs and give them their 10th win from 10 completed league matches.

Vice-captain Gary Findlay said:  “The great thing about our team is that we all get on really well on and off the pitch and I think that helps us when it comes to close games.

“Scott Russell must take a lot of credit for the way he has built up the club and keeps it going and now there is real competition for places in the first XI and a great buzz about the place.

“Our captain Adnan Ali is a really experienced cricketer and we look up to him and try and learn from him. Lots of guys have chipped in with key contributions at times over the summer and we just want to keep things going.”

For Tranent with the bat, Omais Altaf has scored 291 league runs with Sardar Fahim backing him up well with 240.

Bowling-wise, the wickets have been shared around, but the attack has been sharp all summer.

Now the task for SMRH and Tranent is to turn their respective ‘perfect 10’ runs into the perfect season by gaining promotion in the next few weeks.

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