Sunday saw the eagerly anticipated Inter-Regional T20 Day take place – with the under 15 tournament being held at Livingston CC. Unfortunately, both matches resulted in losses – with the squad struggling to re-adjust to the shorter format, made even shorter as matches were reduced to 16 overs per side.
In the first match, the Eastern Knights openers started with very positive intent – bringing up their 50 in the 7th over. This allowed them to accelerate their scoring – including both openers scoring 50s, in a 112 run partnership. Ewan McCartney (Helensburgh CC) took three late wickets, Robbie Walsh (Ayr CC) two and Shlok Thaker (Clydesdale CC) one – but Knights scored 147/6 (16). In reply, despite an impressive 46 (34) including 6 fours and 1 six from Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC), the Warriors were never in a position to challenge for a win.
Game 2 saw the Warriors bat first. Again, only 3 batters would reach double figures – and a good bowling attack managed to starve the Warriors of crucial boundaries, while adding ‘dot ball’ pressure. The result was 77 all out (15.3). Then, in reply, the Highlanders did find the boundary regularly in the early overs. Off spinners Qasim Khan (Ferguslie CC) and Nasratullah Safi (Glasgow Accies CC) both picked up one wicket and Thaker bowled 2 overs for just 3 runs – but the low target was easily reached.
Although a disappointing effort on the day, the squad can still look back on a positive season which saw them win the 50-over championship – a victory based around a significant number of the squad making contributions to the team success.