Challenge Series update

Tim Hart report, “Wednesday the 5th of July saw Titwood (Clydesdale CC) play host to the latest 2017 Under 14 Challenge Series match – a match which saw the Eagles play the Sharks for the second time in the series.

Eagles skipper Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC) would have been pleased with the start his side made, as openers Zakir Siddiqui (Poloc CC) and Lukas Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC) put on 23 for the first wicket – with almost no alarms. However, 23 for 0 then became 45 for 4 – before Zulfiqar dug in to drag his side back into the match. At 113 for 5, he might have hoped that his side would be able to push on to around the 200 mark. But, shortly after reaching a well-deserved half century, he was well caught by Cameron MacLean (Kelburne CC) off the bowling of Anne Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) for 53. From there, the innings quickly subsided – with the Eagles finishing 129 all out. The wickets were well-spread – with two each for Nabeel Khan (Poloc CC), Ibrahim Sarwar (Clydesdale CC) and Zakki Tariq (Clydesdale CC), two run outs and one each for Anne Sturgess and Hamza Irfan (Glasgow Accies CC).

“In reply, 23 was again the magic number for the first wicket – that being the total put on by skipper David Sturgess (Clydesdale CC) and wicket-keeper Owen Gould (Clydesdale CC). With a further 23 being added for the second wicket, the Sharks were 45 for 2 and, although two wickets ahead of where the Eagles had been, the match was well-poised. However, the third wicket partnership would prove to be the defining one of the match – with Sturgess and MacLean adding 70 runs, with almost even split of the partnership. Although Sturgess (46) was well caught by Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) off the bowling of Saifullah Ahmadzai (Clydesdale CC), MacLean (38*) saw the Sharks home to victory, by seven wickets.

“The result saw the Sharks pick up the 10 win points and the Eagles 1 bonus point – to leave both sides on 11 points after their two matches! Hopefully the weather will allow the Foxes to get their campaign underway over the next few weeks.”

The latest tournament standings are available here.