Steel knock leads Penicuik to victory
David Kelso (CricketMedia Scotland)
ROOKIE skipper Kris Steel is banking on Penicuik's victory over Corstorphine to spark a meaningful revival in his side's fortunes.
The Kirkhill club have been struggling during their transition period in the wake of several frontline departures such as Keith Morton.
And Steel led from the front with his best ever league knock to earn a huge confidence boost for the second half of the Eastern First Division campaign.
Following his superb unbeaten 91 on his home track, he said: "The result will take a massive amount of pressure off everyone in the squad.
"I was delighted with my own innings - it was almost three times my previous highest total. Maybe being captain inspires me."
Steel added: "What made the win particularly satisfying was that it was achieved with a team packed with local lads."
Corstorphine had posted a target of 183, however it proved a straightforward task for Steel and Co as they cruised to glory with eight wickets and eight overs to spare.
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