The 2018 season statistics for both the Western Warriors Under 14 and Under 16 squads are now online.
Tim Hart reports, “CSE Dubai completed their tour of Scotland with an ODI fixture against the Western Warriors Under 16s, at Titwood. The Warriors won the toss, elected to field first and Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC) and Faizan Rauf (Clydesdale CC) made key early breakthroughs – both with the help of stand-in wicket-keeper Ross Heginbottom (Clydesdale CC)! Rauf picked up another key wicket with the score on 53 but Shah and Ali then built a dangerous looking partnership for the fourth wicket. Drinks came at great time for the Warriors and allowed the bowlers to come up with a plan. The plan then worked perfectly as Shah was caught for 50 off the second ball after the re-start. This was the first wicket of an incredible ‘man of the match’ spell from Junaid Rauf (Clydesdale CC), as he finished with figures of 7-2-32-6! Despite an aggressive 42 from guest player Akram Shakoor of Stirling County CC, CSE Dubai finished 153 all out off 36 overs.
“In reply, despite the loss of an early wicket, Shahzad Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) and Muhaymen Majeed (Renfrew CC) built a very good partnership of 115 for the second wicket. The right/left partnership worked perfectly from a Warriors perspective, as the CSE Dubai bowlers struggled to find consistency – and the batters took full advantage to rotate the strike, as well as profiting from 24 wide deliveries! Although Ahmad (35) was dismissed just after the third rain break, skipper Daniel Cairns (Clydesdale CC) added a busy 18* and he and Majeed saw the side home. Majeed would deservedly finish 62* – his runs coming off 99 deliveries and including seven boundaries.
“Thanks to CSE Dubai for offering some competitive cricket during their tour, to the umpires who have stood and to both Clydesdale CC and Kelburne CC for their support with hosting matches.”
Tim Hart reports, “CSE Dubai’s tour continued with the Western Warriors Under 16s hosting a 40 overs-a-side match at Whitehaugh (Kelburne CC), on Thursday the 9th of August. Batting first, the Warriors posted 289 all out – despite being bowled out in the 38th over! The main contribution to the innings came from a blistering innings of 66 from Ross Heginbottom (Clydesdale CC) – and included five 4s and five 6s. However, the biggest strike of the innings came from Reiss Wylie (Kelburne CC) as part of his 22 – and Muhaymen Majeed (Renfrew CC) and Tom Forrest (Greenock CC) played very effective supporting roles, with 49 and 39 respectively.
“In reply, although Taha Khan (Clydesdale CC) struck with the third delivery of the innings, CSE Dubai opener Panoly came out hitting hard – including very impressive use of his feet to manipulate the length of deliveries. While Khan took some early punishment, fellow opener Faizan Rauf (Clydesdale CC) returned some quite outstanding bowling figures. He got the reward an excellent spell deserved, as he utilised his normal ‘death’ options wells and produced a quite brilliant delivery to clean bowl Panoly who looked extremely well ‘set’. However, CSE Dubai then fought back well – with Aamir and wicket-keeper Aravind building a very good partnership for the third wicket. With their partnership approaching 100, the introduction of Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC) steered the direction of the match totally towards a Warriors win – with his first over seeing both batters being caught behind by skipper Asad Khan (Clydesdale CC). Zulfiqar quickly picked up a third wicket, before Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC) picked up two wickets in his second spell and Khan returned to take three wickets as he ran through the bottom order. CSE Dubai 187 all out: Khan 4 for 40, Zulfiqar 3 for 23, Rao 2 for 38, Rauf 5-0-11-1,…and, although he didn’t pick up any wickets, Junaid Rauf (Clydesdale CC) produced a very tidy spell of slow left-arm spin (8-2-30-0) at a point when the runs were flowing very freely (71 of them!) at the other end.
“Overall, a very good win – and the Warriors can look forward to a re-match next Thursday.”
David Hinchliffe reports, “The Western Warriors Under 16s took on touring side, CSE Dubai, at Kelburne on the 8th of August. The visitors recorded a comfortable five-wicket victory in the T20 match. Batting first, the Warriors made a strong start with 40 runs in the power-play. Richie Simpson (Ayr CC) led the charge with 37, 14 in his first seven balls. However, CSE Dubai turned to spinners, using the conditions well. This slowed the rate and the Warriors were 82 for 4 from fifteen overs. Some aggressive late inning batting (17*) from Donald Obre (Uddingston CC) helped the final score to 108 for 6.
“CSE Dubai replied with an aggressive start, scoring 17 from the first over. Jonny Chalmers (Glasgow Accies CC) took a key wicket in the second over, finishing with 1 for 6 from two overs. Debutant Junaid Rauf (Clydesdale CC) took pace off the ball, keeping the Warriors in the hunt with 2 for 27. At 36 for 3, CSE were wobbling.
“Unfortunately, three dropped catches then combined with a composed innings of 48* from Wasi Shah for CSE. For the Warriors, Tarun Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) bowled a tight spell with 1 for 11 at 3.3 runs per over. But it was not enough as the visitors got over the line in the seventeenth over, five wickets down.
“Western Warriors Under 16s 108 for 6 (20 overs). CSE Dubai 109 for 5 (16.3 overs). CSE Dubai win by five wickets.
Tim Hart reports, “The Western Warriors Under 13s were left to reflect on what might have been after an agonising 8-run loss to Belfast in the final of the triangular festival, held at Prestwick CC.
“Batting first Belfast scored 157 for 8 in their 30 overs. Their innings was based around a couple of early partnerships (32 for the first wicket and 19 for the second wicket) and then a big partnership of 65 for the fourth wicket. During this partnership the Warriors will have been disappointed with their effort in the field – particularly as this has been a recurring theme and because it happened at a crucial point when the bowlers needed some support to try and build pressure on the batters. However, when Hunter (35) became the first of three victims for Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC), it triggered a mini collapse – with 118 for 3 becoming 135 for 8. Ahmad’s wickets in a very encouraging spell of 5-1-9-3 were backed up by two run outs from Bahadar Esakhiel (Ferguslie CC) and, although the bowling figures don’t reflect it, Ibrahim Faisal (Clydesdale CC) was actually the pick of the Warriors bowling attack, with Hassaan Mehmood (Poloc CC) also bowling a very tidy set of overs.
“Needing 158 to win, the top order was challenged not to lose early wickets but also to judge the pace of the chase effectively. Wickets were kept in hand well – but another recurring theme (dot balls) became a problem. The early dots left the team needing to double their score in the final ten overs. Despite a very positive and fluent innings from Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) the task proved just too much – with only 71 runs coming in a very good effort in the final ten overs. Koteeswaran’s 48* was supported by Ahmad (42) and Faisal (18).
“Ultimately a loss in a very close match – but the Warriors can reflect on having played some very good cricket for large passages of play during the match and tournament. Thanks to Prestwick CC for hosting, the umpires for standing and congratulations to Belfast on their victory.”
Tim Hart reports, “The Western Warriors began the Under 13 Triangular Festival at Prestwick CC with a very good win over the Eastern Knights. Skipper Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) won a very useful toss, elected to field first and he would have been very pleased with the application from his bowling attack. All six bowlers used picked up wickets – with seven of the ten wickets being bowled, as the stumps were attacked very effectively. There were two wickets each for Nari Bhandari (Ayr CC), Ollie Jones (Stirling County CC), Koteeswaran and Shahan Raja (Poloc CC), and one each for Hassaan Mehmood (Poloc CC) and Zain Rashid (Clydesdale CC). When the fielders were called into action, Bahadar Esakhiel (Ferguslie CC) and Ibrahim Faisal (Clydesdale CC) held on to good catches and there was a smart caught behind from wicket-keeper Owen Gould (Clydesdale CC). Knights 59 all out, in 16.3 overs.
“In reply, the Warriors found themselves 3 for 2 after two overs! However, Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) and Jones built an important 25-run partnership for the third wicket, before the 29-run partnership between Jones and Koteeswaran saw the side almost all the way home. Koteeswaran top scored with 15 and Jones finished 14* as the Warriors completed the six-wicket win, in 15.3 overs.
“With Belfast going on to defeat the Knights in the second match of the day, Tuesday’s Warriors v Belfast fixture will be a tournament decider!”
Tim Hart reports, “The final match of the 40-over inter-regional championships saw the Western Warriors Under 14s travel to Freuchie to play the Caledonian Highlanders. Despite missing a few key batters, Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC) confidently elected to bat first. The decision was quickly vindicated as he and Bahadar Esakhiel (Ferguslie CC) made a solid start to the innings. The pair put on 68 for the first wicket, to set the backdrop for a big first innings total. Esakhiel would reach 50, as he formed another big partnership – this time with Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC). Ahmad also made 50, before there were three quick wickets towards the end of the innings. Indeed, the final few overs became a game within a game – one about whether or not Esakhiel could reach three figures. He was on 97* with two deliveries to go – before consecutive 2s to long-on brought him a deserved hundred, off of 110 deliveries and including thirteen boundaries. Warriors 226 for 5, Esakhiel 101* and Ahmad 58.
“In reply, both opening bowlers Sambhav Chadha (Glasgow Accies CC) and Saifullah Ahmadzai (Clydesdale CC) made early breakthrough. The change bowlers of James Cathcart (Poloc CC) and Mahapatra also took wickets too – but while Findlay was still at the crease the game was not completely beyond the Highlanders. However, when Anne Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) completed an excellent first over by inducing a loose drive, the outside edge was safely taken by Ahmadzai at first slip. The next passage of play settled into a pattern where the Warriors bowled too many loose deliveries, the Highlanders scored freely – but also presented some opportunities to Warriors fielders, which included Ahmadzai taking a third catch of the innings, off of the bowling of Samee Mehmood (Poloc CC). The game ended when Ibrahim Faisal (Clydesdale CC) came on and produced two perfect deliveries to take the final two wickets – to finish with figures of 0.3-0-0-2 and leave the Highlanders 154 all out.
“In the end a comfortable victory – but particularly pleasing was the honest discussion from the top order batters who realised they could have score more fluently early on, having faced 81 ‘dot’ balls in the first 120 balls of the innings! It was also great to see all seven bowlers take wickets and for there to be some understanding that becoming even more consistent will be important as they progress up through the pathway and age groups.
“Overall, a good way to finish the 40-over campaign – with the T20 Day to follow on Sunday.”
Tim Hart reports, “The Western Warriors Under 14s hosted the Scotland Women Under 21s at Meikleriggs (Ferguslie CC) on Wednesday the 18th of July. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, resulting on the Warriors immediately having to face up to teammate Anne Sturgess (Clydesdale CC)! Sturgess would top score with 18, as Scotland Women Under 21s were bowled out for 83, in the 32nd over. The effort with ball featured a possibly unique achievement, as all eight (!) different Warriors bowlers took wickets! There were two each for Ibrahim Faisal (Clydesdale CC) and Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC) and one each for Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC), James Cathcart (Poloc CC), John Greene (Glasgow Accies CC), Caelan Lang (Helensburgh CC), Hasan Malik and Shahan Raja (both Poloc CC).
“In reply, despite the loss of two early wickets, Lukas Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC) and skipper Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) saw the side home with a very confident, and unbroken, partnership of 64 – Fischer-Keogh top scoring with 34* (off 57) and Koteeswaran making 23* (off 31).
“The Scotland Women Under 21s were hit by a couple of late call-offs very early on the Wednesday morning, so special mention should also go to Bahahar Esakhiel (Ferguslie CC) who substitute batted for the visitors and to Ahmad who helped out by wicket-keeping during the second innings, during which time he stumped teammate Saifullah Ahmadzai (Clydesdale CC)! Overall, it was a good run out for the Warriors prior to their upcoming Under 14 inter-regional championship fixture against the Caledonian Highlanders and the T20 Day – and thanks must go to Ferguslie CC for hosting and to umpires Mike Nash and Gordon Whitelaw for standing.”
David Hinchliffe reports, “Western Warriors Under 16s beat Caledonian Highlanders Under 16 on July the 2nd at Titwood. Batting first, the Warriors made 258 for 6 with in-form Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) scoring 86 at the top of the order. Malik (Dumfries CC) provided stylish support with 55. Despite 55 from Robinson, the Warriors bowlers made short work of the Highlanders reply. Early wickets for Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) and Rao (Prestwick CC) set up Cairns (Clydesdale CC) who had the best figures with 4 for 21. Caledonian Highlanders made 101, with Warriors winning by 157 runs.
“In a match that was billed as the decider for the Under 16 championship, Eastern Knights came to Titwood to take on Western Warriors on the 8th of July. The Knights batted first, getting to 129 for 6 from 30 overs. A late order recovery saw the Knights at 175 for 8 from 40 overs, but the last two wickets stuck in to help the score to 212. Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) was the pick of the Warriors bowlers with 4 for 33.
“In reply, the Warriors chased well but could not build partnerships. The score was 150 for 6 after 29 overs with opener and captain Sturgess (Clydesdale) still leading the charge. Despite quick scoring stands of 23 and 24 with the tail, wickets kept falling. Sturgess was left stranded on 100 not out as he ran out of partners. Warriors were 19 runs short, leaving Eastern Knights in pole position in the championship.”
David Hinchliffe reports, “Western Warriors Under 16 beat Caledonian Highlanders by 59 runs at Perth. The 50 over game was set up by some aggressive batting at the top from Ross Heginbottom (48). Tom Bradburn (55) and Danny Cairns (41) put on a partnership of 70 to to look for a big total. Despite a lower order collapse, Warriors set the Highlanders 227.
“The Warriors bowling attack proved very strong. Highlanders were quickly 24 for 4, with Shazhad Ahmed (2 for 31) and Reiss Wylie (4 for 32) taking early wickets. Danny Cairns (1 for 15) controlled the middle overs for a good all round performance. Highlanders could not recover from this despite a late rally from the tail with Lewis Robinson (58). Warriors‘ catching was also strong as all ten wickets were catches. Caledonian Highlanders were all out for 168 in 47 overs.”