Gary Heatly rounds-up the latest pathways action…
Last week we heard how the Scotland under-15 boys defeated Northumberland down south at Alnmouth & Lesbury CC on July 12 – and they played a couple of other games on their mini ‘tour’ after that too.
On Wednesday they were at Benwell Hill CC to take on their counterparts from Durham and the Scots batted first.
Skipper James Dunk, who earlier in the summer starred for the Caledonian Highlanders in the regional competition, led the way with 44 and further down the order Ferguslie CC’s Uzair Ahmad made 43.
Bahadar Esakhiel (Clydesdale CC) also chipped in with 30 as the visitors posted 182 all out.
In Durham’s reply, Watsonian CC’s Farhan Khan took two early wickets and Carlton CC’s Max D’Ulisse and Stewart’s Melville CC’s Harry Armstrong took two and four scalps respectively to give Durham a scare.
The home side just had enough to see them through though and got over the line in the 47th over with two wickets to spare.
The following day the boys were at Marske CC to play Yorkshire and Khan and Dunk took early wickets to leave the hosts 9-2.
Three of their batters went on to hit half centuries though meaning that although Khan took another wicket and Armstrong one, Yorkshire posted a daunting looking 283-4.
The young Scots made a great go of things in reply, opener Dunk again leading the way with 45 and Esakhiel making 60, but they finished on 216 all out.
The Scotland boys under-17s were also down south last week and in one of the games they played they bowled Northumberland out for 257.
Falkland’s Logan Briggs led the way with 3-45 and, in reply, a brilliant run chase saw the Scots home by three wickets.
There were a number of girls under-18 regional matches last week including one between the Caledonian Highlanders and the Eastern Knights when runs were flowing at Mannofield in Aberdeen.
Batting first, Ailsa Lister and Emma Halliwell put on a 184-run first wicket partnership for the home side, scoring 88 and 66 respectively.
Zoe Rennie then chipped in with an excellent 85 not out as they posted an impressive 320-3.
Emma Walsingham then made an amazing 160 not out as the Knights gave a really good go of things in reply, eventually falling just short on 295-9.