Tim Hart reports, “Following the rain cancellation earlier in the season, the Western Warriors Under 15s were delighted to welcome the Scotland Women Under 21 to Hamilton Crescent (West of Scotland CC) on a glorious summer’s day, for a 40 overs-per-side match played based around ODI rules.
“Having won the toss, skipper David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) led from the front with 72. However, it was Daniel Cairns (Clydesdale CC) who initially looked the more fluent of the opening partnership, compiling a very positive 46 (off just 37 deliveries) before falling to an outstanding catch at long on. Adam Malik (Dumfries CC) then joined Sturgess and the two added 87 runs, just falling short of the 88 put on for the first wicket. During their partnership, both reached half centuries – and both became much busier at the crease as their respective innings progressed. Sturgess looked set to post a very big score before being very unlucky to get out LBW to a ball which kept extremely low – his 72 coming off 88 deliveries. Tom Forrest (Greenock CC) took full advantage of the way the innings had been set up to score a very good 42 (off 31 deliveries) – with a good combination of boundary striking and intelligent strike rotation. Malik (57) then became the first of three run outs, in quest for quick runs to end the innings. Warriors 260 for 8 off their 40 overs.
“In reply, the opening bowlers bowled with good control but struggled to make the early breakthrough. When the breakthrough did come, it was thanks to a direct hit from wicket-keeper Cairns – and then a really good yorker from Abhishek Sinha (Clydesdale CC) quickly brought a second wicket. The change bowlers found far more success and the wickets were then well-shared – and, pleasingly, seven of the ten wickets were clean bowled, as the bowlers attacked the stumps well. Anne Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) picked up two wickets (one thanks to a smart stumping from Cairns), as did leg-spinner John Greene (Glasgow Accies CC) and seamers Tarun Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) and Jamie Nowell (Greenock CC). Scotland Women Under 62 all out.
“A good win, on a very nice day for cricket – and with West of Scotland CC being excellent hosts.”