Tim Hart reports, “CSE Dubai’s tour continued with the Western Warriors Under 16s hosting a 40 overs-a-side match at Whitehaugh (Kelburne CC), on Thursday the 9th of August. Batting first, the Warriors posted 289 all out – despite being bowled out in the 38th over! The main contribution to the innings came from a blistering innings of 66 from Ross Heginbottom (Clydesdale CC) – and included five 4s and five 6s. However, the biggest strike of the innings came from Reiss Wylie (Kelburne CC) as part of his 22 – and Muhaymen Majeed (Renfrew CC) and Tom Forrest (Greenock CC) played very effective supporting roles, with 49 and 39 respectively.
“In reply, although Taha Khan (Clydesdale CC) struck with the third delivery of the innings, CSE Dubai opener Panoly came out hitting hard – including very impressive use of his feet to manipulate the length of deliveries. While Khan took some early punishment, fellow opener Faizan Rauf (Clydesdale CC) returned some quite outstanding bowling figures. He got the reward an excellent spell deserved, as he utilised his normal ‘death’ options wells and produced a quite brilliant delivery to clean bowl Panoly who looked extremely well ‘set’. However, CSE Dubai then fought back well – with Aamir and wicket-keeper Aravind building a very good partnership for the third wicket. With their partnership approaching 100, the introduction of Humza Zulfiqar (Clydesdale CC) steered the direction of the match totally towards a Warriors win – with his first over seeing both batters being caught behind by skipper Asad Khan (Clydesdale CC). Zulfiqar quickly picked up a third wicket, before Fletcher Rao (Prestwick CC) picked up two wickets in his second spell and Khan returned to take three wickets as he ran through the bottom order. CSE Dubai 187 all out: Khan 4 for 40, Zulfiqar 3 for 23, Rao 2 for 38, Rauf 5-0-11-1,…and, although he didn’t pick up any wickets, Junaid Rauf (Clydesdale CC) produced a very tidy spell of slow left-arm spin (8-2-30-0) at a point when the runs were flowing very freely (71 of them!) at the other end.
“Overall, a very good win – and the Warriors can look forward to a re-match next Thursday.”