Tim Hart reports, “The Western Warriors Under 14s welcomed the Eastern Knights to the Scott Ellis Playing Fields (Kilmarnock CC) for the latest Cricket Scotland Under 14 inter-regional match. The Knights won the toss, elected to bat and progressed to 34 for 0 off of five overs. However, led by two quick wickets from Aditya Mahapatra (Ferguslie CC), this suddenly became 59 for 4 off twelve overs. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the next wicket wouldn’t fall until the score was 161. The value of this partnership was shown as, led by Saifullah Ahmadzai (Clydesdale CC) and Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC), the Knights went from 161 for 4 to 194 all out – and they were bowled out in just the 33rd over! The innings had really been all about five players – with Docherty and Murray being the standouts for the Knights and Ahmad (3 for 30), Ahmadzai (3 for 34) and Mahapatra (2 for 15) for the Warriors.
“In reply, Bahadar Esakhiel (Ferguslie CC) quickly took the attack to the Knights. His eighteen-ball 26 featured five boundaries – and, with Mahapatra playing the more traditional opening role, the Warriors looked to be well set. However, 48 for 0 became 50 for 3 – with the wickets falling to a good ball, a very loose shot and a poor run out. John Greene (Glasgow Accies CC) then provided Mahapatra with some support, as the pair built a 42-run partnership for the fourth wicket. But both would be gone by the time the total reached 120 – and the innings then went on to collapse a little, from 135 for 6 to 147 all out. Esakhiel’s hard-hitting 26 and Mahaptra’s high quality 39 were the highlights of the Warriors innings.
“A 47-run loss – but a match which offered plenty of encouraging moments for the Warriors. There were two passages of play where the Warriors bowlers and fielders appeared to have good control of the game, there were two good second innings partnerships and a couple of lower order batters tried to apply themselves well. However, bowling straight, doing the basics in the field and improving the balance between scoring runs and occupying the crease are things which the Warriors will want to try and improve on during matches in the next few weeks.”