Following heavy overnight rain, and a subsequent rain delay, the Warriors welcomed the Eastern Knights to Titwood (Clydesdale CC) for the latest Under 14 inter-regional championship match. After electing to bowl first, Ibrahim Faisal (Clydesdale CC) produced an excellent spell of new ball, swing bowling and was very unlucky not to finish with better figures than 5-2-16-1. That performance, and 6-0-22-3 from Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) was the highlight of the Warriors effort with the ball, as the Knights scored 147 for 7 off their 27 overs. Although wides (30) continued to be a problem for the Warriors‘ bowlers, the effort in the field was improved on the previous couple of matches.
In reply, the usual opening partnership of Owen Gould and Bahadar Esakhiel (both Clydesdale CC) was restored, and the foundation for a good chase was set. Esakhiel was fluent early on, before being bounced out for 22. However, Gould was very well set – rotating the strike well. Unfortunately, and despite being 92 for 3 with 8 overs to go, the pressure of the chase proved too much – with a series of ill-advised shots, and three pretty calamitous run outs, leaving the Warriors 31 runs short of the target. The Warriors finished all out for 116 – with only three batters reaching double figures, in a below par effort, despite a very good 41 from Gould.
With one Championship match left, the challenge remains for the Warriors to bring all three elements of the game together over the length of a full game – and to build upon the flashes of very good cricket which have been seen so far.