The Western Warriors Under 18s started their Inter-Regional Championship campaign today in Linlithgow, at Boghall, with an away game against the Eastern Knights. Batting first after Captain Taimoor Ahmad (Poloc CC) won the toss, the side’s big total of 312 for 7, on a good batting track, was built around Poloc CC’s Owais Shah’s 145 (145). Cashing in on a day when his luck was very much in – he was dropped five times, (on 40, 62, 105, 124 and 126, and survived a miss-stumping on 133) – Shah’s innings was given important support from the other batters who batted with him. Club team-mates Amaan Ramzan and Ahmad chipped in with 33 (42) and 26 (26) respectively, before Clydesdale CC’s Zain Ashraf batted in his usual really positive manner, scoring 35 from just 29 balls, 15 in singles, in an impressive display of how to rotate strike and keep the ‘board ticking over. The innings then finished with a cameo 15* (5) from Ferguslie CC’s Haroon Tahir who hit three successive 4s from the first three balls of the final over to see the Warriors go past 300, and eventually post 312.
In reply, though ultimately they would win by 107 runs, it would be fair to say that, save East Kilbride CC’s Kess Sajjad, none of the Warriors bowlers really found any sort of consistency, the Knights‘ wagon wheel reflecting a propensity to bowl “both sides of the wicket”, and too short. Ahmad would finish with 4 for 25, and Tahir with 3 for 51, however neither bowled as tightly as would have been expected. Sajjad’s figures of 6-2-14-2 were the clear standout bowling performance in the innings. If the bowling was below-par, the Warriors‘ fielding was similarly lacklustre, and though a bumpy outfield provided a possible contributory cause, it wasn’t an excuse for some poor execution of the basics. In closer matches this would cost the side.
However a win was secured, and the Warriors now look forward to their next outing, against the Caledonian Highlanders, in Glasgow, in early July.