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.”