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7. Three ‘n easy for Frew – not a chance!


Aug 18 2012 by Jeff Holmes, Paisley Daily Express

RENFREW coach Sajid Majeed insists his side are on a mission – to triumph in their final three league matches.
’Frew are bang on course to lift this term’s Western First Division title, but must win at Prestwick this afternoon to maintain their momentum. And Majeed knows the task will be made that bit easier if he has a full-strength squad to pick from – and that means having a fully-fit Zia Al-Haq in the starting line-up. Majeed, who also skippers the ’Frew side, told Express Sports: “I’m keen to have Zia back in the team. He is an excellent all-rounder, and I need my best men available for the run-in.

“Our situation is crystal clear. If we win our next three matches, the title is ours. “Our destiny is in our own hands, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy to achieve.” The KGV outfit posted a narrow three-run win over Weirs last week, just seven days after the Cathcart side had dented the title hopes of Ferguslie. Majeed said: “That was a massive game, but we came through it and got the points. “Now, I need the players to give me everything they have again this afternoon when we travel down to Ayrshire. It’s a must-win match.”

But while everything would appear to be rosy in the Renfrew garden, Majeed is demanding a little more from his middle order batsmen.
He added: “I need more runs from them. I don’t have to tell them – they know what they have to do, and I’m sure they won’t let me down.
“But I have to be happy with the way things are going at the moment. We’re playing well and have managed to retain our position at the top of the league.

“But we need to keep the run going, and if we do, there will be a fantastic reward at the end of it for everyone connected with the club.”
Majeed added: “Prestwick will give us a few problems and I noticed that their all-rounder, Calum Rodger, was in stunning form against Stenhousemuir last weekend.

“He hit a massive score and will come into this afternoon’s game full of confidence. “But if we take care of our own affairs, as I know we can do, then hopefully we will have enough in the tank to beat Prestwick.
“We definitely have a stronger squad than last season and have improved in every department. “In fact, the weather has been our biggest enemy as the stop-start nature of the season hasn’t allowed us much continuity.
“But I will be keeping my fingers crossed for some sunshine in the Ayrshire region – and hope that we’re still smiling at the end of the match.”