Under 12 inter-area update

Tim Hart reports, “Clyde and South Glasgow teams arrived to find a pitch which was very wet at one end, pretty dry at the other and which had already had a match played on it on Sunday morning. Although damp, and although all the overs had to be bowled from one end, a match was able to take place – and thanks must to go Ferguslie CC for doing everything they could to ensure cricket could happen.

“Clyde won the toss and unsurprisingly chose to bowl first. However, South Glasgow openers Hassaan Mehmood (Poloc CC) and skipper Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) built a good partnership for the first wicket. Mehmood made a quick 27 (off 22 deliveries) before being bowled just short of the retirement score. Owen Gould (Clydesdale CC) and Koteeswaran then added 37 for the second wicket and Koteeswaran continued to play a very effective ‘anchor’ role as he added 40 with Moiz Maqsood (Poloc CC) for the fourth wicket. The South Glasgow innings perhaps didn’t kick on the way it could have done, with the side only scoring 128 for 6 off their twenty overs (the third time in three matches they had scored that total!). Caelan Lang (Helensburgh CC) was largely responsible for the slowing of the scoring rate with a very impressive set of overs, finishing with 3-0-9-2 – although Clyde will have been disappointed to have given away 48 extras in the twenty overs.

“In reply, South Glasgow very generously gave 40 extras straight back – including 5 penalty runs off the second delivery of the innings, during a maiden over, bowled by Mehmood as he continued his good day’s work! If the South Glasgow opening partnership had been good, the Clyde one was even better! Skipper Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC) and Abdullah Tufail (Renfrew CC) put on 74 for the first wicket – with Ahmad retiring for 31 and Tufail scoring 22. However, the partnership had taken just over fourteen overs, with the South Glasgow attack bowling just enough ‘dot’ balls to keep the required run rate constantly creeping up. That fifteenth over, bowled by Ibrahim Faisal (Clydesdale CC), saw the key breakthrough made (helped by a fantastic sprinting, then diving catch from wicket-keeper Gould) and only yielded 1 run. When Shahan Raja (Clydesdale CC) bowled the eighteenth over as a maiden too, the game was effectively safe over. Lang (18 off seventeen deliveries) got Clyde closer to the target during the final two overs – however South Glasgow would finish as winners by 13 runs.

“On such a wet weekend, getting any cricket was a real bonus. It was good to see how some of the batters applied themselves well and, while both coaches will be disappointed with the number of extras in the match, some of the effort in the field was great to see – most notably from Craig Glassford (Ferguslie CC) who was prepared to throw himself at anything near to him, on the leg side boundary in an effort to help the Clyde bowlers contain the South Glasgow innings.”