Tim Hart writes, “The Western Warriors Under 16s began their 2018 Cricket Scotland inter-regional championship campaign with a big defeat. Exam’s had resulted in several of the more experienced (and older) players being unavailable – but this should not have resulted in the margin of defeat being as great as it was.
“Batting first, the Eastern Knights were 78 for 4 off twenty overs at one point – but the 150-run partnership for the fifth wicket really took the game away from the Warriors. At the end of their 50 overs, the Knights finished 263 for 5. For the Warriors, there were two wickets for Shahzad Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) one thanks to a good catch from Sean Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC), one for Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC) and two run outs – with one thanks to a good direct hit from Zakki Tariq (Clydesdale CC). However, the 56 extras included 49 wides – with the half-century only being prevented by a series of flying, one-handed stops down the leg-side from wicket-keeper, and skipper, David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC)…and the wides were backed up by a generally poor fielding display, particularly ‘in the ring’.
“Then, in reply, only two individual batters and only three partnerships made it into double figures – with poor shot selection being added to by two calamitous run outs. The Warriors 59 all out, in the 22nd over.
“The majority of the side which played was Under 15 – however, it was still a very disappointing performance and result. The players have a couple of weeks to go away, re-group, learn from a very tough experience and continue to refine the skills which we know they do have – before the next match, against the Caledonian Highlanders, at the end of May.”