Tim Hart reports, “The final of the west regional qualifying section in the Cricket Scotland National Secondary Schools Cup finally took place on Tuesday 13 June, in Perth. As a result of logistical challenges in one of the other regional qualifying sections, both Hutchesons’ Grammar School and The Glasgow Academy were invited to take part in the National Finals Day, at Doo’Cot Park. Unfortunately, both schools were defeated in their semi-final matches – but it did mean that they met each other in the third/fourth place play-off, with the match also doubling up as the west regional section final.
“The match saw Hutchesons’ Grammar School record a 64-run win, thanks to Struan Walker (Clydesdale CC) playing a starring role. Batting at number four, he scored a superb 111 not out (an innings which included just the eleven boundaries) out of the Hutchesons’ Grammar School’s total of 168 for 4. In reply, 43 from Jack McCamley-Wilding (Glasgow Accies CC) kept The Glasgow Academy up with the required rate during the early part of their innings. However, the pressure to keep that scoring rate up proved to be too much, as the reply finished on 104 for 7.
“Walker’s efforts on the day (which also saw him top score for Hutchesons’ Grammar School in their semi-final defeat) resulted in him being chosen as the Player of The Tournament – and saw him receive a special prize from tournament sponsors CityLets.”