Aug 11 2012 by Andy Newport, Paisley Daily Express
RENFREW skipper Sajid Majeed insists the CSL Western First Division title is his team’s to lose. The KGV outfit surged to the top of the league last weekend, after leaders and Renfrewshire rivals Ferguslie slipped up against Weirs. That allowed ’Frew to take over at the summit, courtesy of a three-wicket victory against Stenhousemuir. But Weirs will now be looking to do the double by taking down the league leaders for the second week running as they prepare to face Renfrew.
Confident captain Majeed, however, believes his side has one hand on the trophy and, provided they don’t slip up in any of their four remaining matches, they will clinch the league crown and the promotion place which goes with it. He said: “It’s our title to lose now, but we can’t afford any slip-ups. “We are performing well at the minute and we know matters rest in our own hands. If we win all of our remaining games, we are champions. “If we don’t end up taking the title, then we know we will only have ourselves to blame. “The fact is that I’d much rather be in our position than anyone else’s.”
Majeed hardly needs to focus the minds of his players on today’s opponents, given the number they did on their Meikleriggs rivals last week. Renfrew do at least come into today’s match at Cathcart knowing they already have the upper hand on Weirs this term after racking up a four-wicket win back in early June. Majeed, though, expects things to be tighter this time round.
He said: “We knew Weirs were a good side and that they had a good chance of causing an upset against Ferguslie. Thankfully, that worked out well for us. “This is a tough division, and there’s not a lot between any of the teams. On this occasion, we were able to capitalise on Ferguslie’s defeat but, with that result in mind, we can’t dismiss Weirs at all.
“We played them earlier in the season and won, but it was a close game.
“They are a good side, with some top players, and it will come down to who performs better on the day.”
Renfrew will be boosted by the return of batsman Shahid Abbasi after he missed out last weekend. Ahmed Said was the only Renfrew batsman to cover himself in glory against Stenhousemuir as he notched up an unbeaten score of 58. Anjum Aslam scored 21 but was the only other Renfrew man to hit double figures. Now Majeed is aiming for improved batting figures against Weirs. He said: “Our batting wasn’t great last week, but having Shahid back should help on that front. “We need to make a positive start against Weirs and Shahid will certainly want to get on the front foot and score runs.”