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Western Warriors battle hard to record a good win [posted 10/06/13]
Tim Hart writes "The Under 15 Western Warriors bounced back to record a very impressive win over the Eastern Knights, at a warm and sunny Titwood (Clydesdale CC), on Sunday the 9th of June. Following the desperately poor batting effort of two weeks ago, it was a brave (but correct) decision from skipper Shujaa Khan (Ayr CC) to elect to bat first. However, the top (and middle) order really struggled again. Warriors 68 for 7 off of 25 overs. While there had been total collapse two weeks ago, this game saw the lower order get really stuck in and battle hard. Batting at number nine, Gregor Anderson (Clydesdale CC) led the fightback with 27 (off 56 deliveries) and he was given excellent support by Humza Sabri (Drumpellier CC) with 23 (off 56). The pair added 58 for the eighth wicket. When Sabri was caught, Zain Ashraf (Clydesdale CC) added a further 10 to the total with some effective scampering between the wickets and then Fraser Strachan (Dumfries CC) played two glorious drives for boundaries in his 10 not out. When Anderson was last man out, the recovery had led the Warriors to 158 all out.
"In reply, the Knights looked to be in control at 83 for 3. But when the important breakthrough was needed, Anderson struck with the ball - to have McCreath smartly caught behind by Ashraf. Then, at 99 for 4, four balls changed the game - and, predictably, Anderson again played a part. Firstly Adil Ghaffar (Clydesdale CC) had Dean adjudged lbw for 34 - and then Anderson trapped Evans LBW for 0. Knights 100 for 6 after 33.1 overs. The Warriors continued to make the Knights work hard for every run. The returning Sabri then stepped up his claim for man-of-the-match honours as he had Cockburn caught (one-handed) by Ashraf. He would pick another, there was one for skipper Khan and the game was ended with a coolly taken run out, started by Sahil Kakar (Clydesdale CC) and completed by Sabri - to spark wild celebrations. Overall, a really pleasing win - highlighted by a real battling spirit. The top, and middle, order was again, however, very disappointing. However, Sabri and Anderson drove their team forward with both bat and ball - with Anderson just edging out Sabri (and Knights players Dean, Dickinson and McCreath) for the man-of-the-match award." The scorecard from Sunday's match is online.
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