Tim Hart reports on the Under 14 tri-series between the Western Warriors Under 14s, Edinburgh Under 14s and Belfast Under 14s.
Day 1, Monday, 7 August
“Heavy, and persistent, rain saw the Western Warriors Under 14 match versus Edinburgh reduced to a twelve overs-per-side game. Batting first, the Warriors faced too many ‘dot’ balls (44 of the 72 deliveries) – with only skipper David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) reaching double figures, with his 22* (retired). The Warriors finished 69 for 4 – with three of the four wickets being stumped! The Edinburgh reply then had striking similarities to Warriors‘ innings – 49 ‘dot’ balls, only one batter (Jack Jarvis) reaching double figures (with 21* retired – as he also joined Sturgess in hitting a 6 to reach the retirement score!). The pick of the Warriors bowling attack was Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC) who had figures of 3-0-6-2, there were wickets for Reiss Wylie (Kelburne CC) and Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC), and Sean Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC) only conceded 2 runs from a very important tenth over of the innings. In the end, somehow, the Warriors managed to defend their score – Edinburgh 65 for 5.”
Day 2, Tuesday 8 August
“Tuesday saw the Warriors field first – with the Belfast openers compiling a very good 69-run partnership for the first wicket. This set their innings up well – and they were aided by a couple of very difficult diving chances not quite be able to ‘stick’ in the hands of the fielders. Opener Burke reached a good 50 and Wylie and Drain took the total up to 157 for 5 off the 30 overs. For the Warriors, Faizan Rauf (Clydesdale CC) was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 35, Mahapatra returned another good set of figures (6-0-18-0) and fellow off-spinner Zakki Tariq (Clydesdale CC) also helped to contain the scoring rate, with 6-0-23-1. In reply, Cameron MacLean (Kelburne CC) and David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) put on 43 for the first wicket and Richie Simpson (Ayr CC) and Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC) added 46 for the fourth wicket. However, despite 5 of the top 6 (the four mentioned and Muhaymen Majeed of Renfrew CC) all getting ‘in’ no batter would pass 20 – and ‘dot’ balls once again were a big factor, with only Simpson scoring at better than one run per ball faced. This resulted in the task towards the end of the innings being too difficult – alongside the constant fall of wickets. The Warriors would finish 138 all out. The result meant that, although each team finished with one win, the Warriors ended up finishing in third place – with Edinburgh winning the tri-series.
“Overall, it was a good competition – and great for this group of players to get some competitive cricket. Thanks must go to Belfast and Edinburgh for travelling and playing their part in some close matches, to the umpires and coaches and to Prestwick CC and especially their groundstaff who were fantastic hosts.”