Bumper weekend for United as they seal a double victory

Arbroath Batsman Mark Edwards

Arbroath Batsman Mark Edwards

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ARBROATH United firmly put their disappointment of the last two weeks behind them with a double winning weekend.

On Saturday they overcame Stirling County at New Williamfield with a massive eight-wicket victory after limiting their hosts to just 144 runs.

But their winning ways didn’t stop there as they then condemned Heriots to defeat on Sunday to progress to the third round of the Scottish Cup.

And United captain Fraser Burnett was delighted with how the side had bounced back, adding that he couldn’t be happier.

He told HeraldSport: “With us losing two weeks ago and then our game being rained off last week, it was great to get back to winning ways and it was even better that we managed to win both so convincingly.

“I think what helped us was that everybody was excited and eager to get back playing and we were able to field our strongest team.

“It looks like we are setting ourselves up for a good season and we are third already in the Premier League which is a brilliant position to be in after five weeks.”

The Lochlands men made it through to the third round of the Scottish Cup with a 67-run victory over Heriots with Calvin Burnett hitting an impressive 113.

They have now been rewarded with an away tie against First Division side East Kilbride, who pulled off a shock result by knocking out Forfarshire.

And Fraser added a cup run would be something United would definitely want to extend as the final of this year’s competition will be played at Lochlands.

He said: “The cup win on Sunday was really good and I think we can be confident going into the next tie against East Kilbride as they are in the league below us.

“With the final of the Scottish Cup being played at Lochlands this year it really does give us a massive incentive to get as far as we can so there is definitely something for us to play for.”

United received another boost as they were finally able to field their professional Sri Lankan Harsha Vithana in both matches after a visa issue caused him to miss the opening of the campaign.

But Fraser added: “He is settling in well and is already looking really good.

“He played both Saturday and Sunday and he bowled well so he looks a decent player.”

The Lochlands men welcome Heriots to Lochlands tomorrow (Saturday) in the Premier League and look forward to being able to select from a full strength side.

Fraser explained: “After playing Heriots and beating them in the cup on Sunday we can be confident when we face them in the league tomorrow.

“It definitely gives us a bit of an edge going into it especially as we will still be at full strength for this weekend.”