Tim Hart reports, “A much-improved batting effort was the backdrop to the Western Warriors Under 14s defeating the Caledonian Highlanders by 27 runs, in the latest Cricket Scotland Under 14 inter-regional championship match. Batting first at New Williamfield (Stirling County CC), the Warriors posted 229 for 4 from their 40 overs. The total was based around three 50-plus partnerships – for the first, second and fifth (unbroken) wickets.
“Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC) top scored with 68 and there were also useful contributions from John Greene (Glasgow Accies CC), skipper Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) and Lukas Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC) – with 43, 37* and 23* respectively.
“In reply, the Highlanders scorecard had a slightly unusual look to it – with only two batters (plus ‘extras’) reaching double-figures. Pearson’s 79, Horne’s 37 and those 34 extras meant that the Highlanders were just about ‘in touch’ – however, and at the same time, the Warriors bowlers had taken wickets regularly enough throughout the innings to ensure that the required run-rate always looked to be just too much for the visitors. There were four wickets for man-of-the-match Greene, two each for Saifullah Ahmadzai (Clydesdale CC) and Mahapatra, and one each for Samee Mehmood (Poloc CC) and still-Under 11 debutant Ollie Jones (Stirling County CC).
“Overall, it was a much-improved performance – especially from the batters. However, the fielding (both ground and catching) and the consistency from the bowlers is still an area which everyone can look to make significant improvements in prior to the matches in late June and early July.”
Tim Hart writes, “The Western Warriors Under 14s (pictured) began their 2018 Cricket Scotland Under 14 inter-regional championship campaign with a loss to the Eastern Knights. After electing to bat first, the Warriors lost wickets far too regularly – with some injudicious shot selection not helping the cause. Owen Gould (Clydesdale CC) did look to be in very good form, including two glorious cover drives for 4 – but when he was adjudged to have been run out for 15, the Warriors were 56 for 6 in just the sixteenth over. Bahadar Esakhiel (Ferguslie CC) and Ibrahim Faisal (Clydesdale CC) did then add the biggest partnership of the innings, for the eighth wicket – but this was only worth 17. Warriors 96 all out, in 27.1 overs.
“In reply, there was an early run out – but the Knights appeared to be cruising, at 72 for 1. However, a fantastic direct hit run out from John Greene (Glasgow Accies CC) triggered a remarkable collapse – to 75 for 5! Greene picked up the wicket his spell (8-3-13-1) fully deserved and Saifullah Ahmadzai (Clydesdale CC) took two wickets in three deliveries. But it wouldn’t prove to be enough, as the Knights reached their target in the 27th over.
“Despite a good fighting effort during the latter period of the second innings, the Warriors will be left to reflect on a disappointing batting and fielding effort – which left them with too much to do. There is an immediate chance to put this right next Sunday when the Caledonian Highlanders are welcomed to New Williamfield.”
Tim Hart writes, “The Western Warriors Under 16s began their 2018 Cricket Scotland inter-regional championship campaign with a big defeat. Exam’s had resulted in several of the more experienced (and older) players being unavailable – but this should not have resulted in the margin of defeat being as great as it was.
“Batting first, the Eastern Knights were 78 for 4 off twenty overs at one point – but the 150-run partnership for the fifth wicket really took the game away from the Warriors. At the end of their 50 overs, the Knights finished 263 for 5. For the Warriors, there were two wickets for Shahzad Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) one thanks to a good catch from Sean Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC), one for Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC) and two run outs – with one thanks to a good direct hit from Zakki Tariq (Clydesdale CC). However, the 56 extras included 49 wides – with the half-century only being prevented by a series of flying, one-handed stops down the leg-side from wicket-keeper, and skipper, David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC)…and the wides were backed up by a generally poor fielding display, particularly ‘in the ring’.
“Then, in reply, only two individual batters and only three partnerships made it into double figures – with poor shot selection being added to by two calamitous run outs. The Warriors 59 all out, in the 22nd over.
“The majority of the side which played was Under 15 – however, it was still a very disappointing performance and result. The players have a couple of weeks to go away, re-group, learn from a very tough experience and continue to refine the skills which we know they do have – before the next match, against the Caledonian Highlanders, at the end of May.”
Tim Hart writes, “The Western Warriors women Under 16 squad training session, scheduled for 3pm to 5pm at Hutchesons’ Grammar School on Saturday has been cancelled because of the continuing poor weather and poor weather forecast for the next few days.”