AS a youngster growing up in South Africa Con de Lange knew his life would revolve around cricket.
THE weather - and Clydesdale - were the winners yesterday on a day when only two matches survived in the Western Union.
FROM inspiring schoolboys in Glasgow to spearheading England's quest to regain the Ashes - that, in a nutshell, is the unlikely coaching career path of Trevor Bayliss.
WHAT better than a nice, gentle game of cricket to round off the first block of pre-season training?
ARBROATH captain Marc Petrie has laughed off the popular belief that today's Lochlands meeting with Grange will be a title-deciding showdown.
LEADERS Clydesdale begin a crucial phase in their bid to win the Western Union for the first time since its re-formation four years ago when they entertain Ferguslie this afternoon.
JACK HENDERSON admitted to feeling a mixture of elation and tiredness yesterday.
COLIN MITCHELL, the Clydesdale manager, had a more eventful day out in Dumfries on Saturday than he bargained for.
FALKLAND completed a memorable week with a surprise win over Eastern Premier champions Aberdeenshire at Mannofield.
THE Western Union reaches the halfway stage today with Clydesdale in pole position but with a clutch of clubs well placed to turn the second half of the campaign into a genuinely fascinating contest.
DEFIANT and determined Arbroath skipper Marc Petrie has warned Carlton his side are no longer the soft touch they were at the start of the Eastern Premiership campaign.
SCOTLAND'S record-breaking cricketer Majid Haq has spoken of how it was "heartbreaking" to be sent home from the World Cup in March, after posting a race-related tweet.
Alastair Cook has revealed there has been no batting practice scheduled for England's four-day training camp in Spain.
A TOP lawyer last night aimed a bouncer at Scottish cricket chiefs after they suddenly abandoned disciplinary action against record-breaking star Majid Haq.
JAMES ANDERSON has called for England and Australia to ditch the sledging and bring the spirit of cricket to the Ashes.
Shaun Marsh says Australia will be fuelled with aggression for the forthcoming Ashes series, but insists the notoriously confrontational tourists will not overstep the mark.