Challenge series update

Tim Hart reports, “The Under 14 Challenge Series continued as the Foxes made their first appearance of 2017. The match, played at New Anniesland (Glasgow Accies CC), saw the Foxes host the Eagles – and it was a match which did not reflect the quality of the playing surface, as it was the bowlers who surprisingly dominated the day’s play.

“Batting first, the Foxes got off to a good start as skipper Muhaymen Majeed (Renfrew CC) and Abdul Malik (Poloc CC) put on 55 for the first wicket. However, a slight collapse was triggered when Saifullah Ahmadzai (Clydesdale CC) got Malik to loop a ball to short cover – and 55 for 0 became 69 for 4. Although Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC) kept the pressure on with a spell of 7-1-16-2, Majeed remained resolute. He brought up his 50 off 111 deliveries before almost immediately being caught of the bowling of Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC). With Ahmadzai returning to clean up the lower order the Foxes were 124 all out – Ahmadzai finishing with 3 for 19.

“In reply, the Foxes ensured that there would be no big early Eagles partnership as Uzair Khan (Clydesdale CC) struck twice in the second over. With Reiss Wylie (Kelburne CC) also picking up two early wickets, the Eagles were left with a lot of work to do. Things got harder for them when Wylie held on to an absolute ‘screamer’ of a slip catch, to give Khan a third wicket. As the innings progressed, only Zakir Siddiqui (Poloc CC) with 15 would reach double figures, as the Eagles were dismissed for just 47 – Wylie finishing with 3 for 8 and Khan 4 for 18.

“The next match in the series sees the Sharks host the Foxes – in a match which, if played, will guarantee a change at the top of the series standings.”