The Eastern Knights won their second successive match in the Cricket Scotland Men’s Regional Pro Series as they beat the Western Warriors by 29 runs at Clydesdale Cricket Club.
The batting performance of the day came from Oli Hairs who scored 102 off just 44 balls opening for the Knights. Hairs and Josh wood put on 119 before Wood’s fell to Akram Shakoor. It was Scotland vice-captain Richie Berrington who finally ended Hairs’ stint at the crease with the visitors on 156.
With Hairs’ dismissal the Knights’ run rate slowed. Dylan Budge and captain Mark Watt contributed 27 and 30 runs respectively as the Knights reached 242 all out off 44.3 overs.
Matthew Cross could not repeat the form that led him to a double-century in the opening match of the series two weeks ago falling to Bradley Currie for just nine runs as he opened the batting for the Warriros. After losing Muhammad Awais and Calum Macleod in quick succession also to Currie, it was down to Brandon McMullen (81) and Ross Lyons (66) to stem the tide.
But the Warriors could not match the scoring pace set by the Knights and were all out for 213 off 44.6 overs.
At Arbroath, the Caledonian Highlanders notched up their first win of the series beating the Cricket Scotland Performance Academy.
Harris Carnegie (53), Safyaan Sharif (50) and Chris Greaves (47) top scored for the Highlands who put up 297 all out.
The Performance Academy lost their first four wickets for 24 runs, but an outstanding innings of 120 by Christopher McBride kept the youngsters in the match. They eventually lost by 64 runs. Scotland seamer Safyaan Sharif doing the most damage, taking four wickets for 35 runs off 7.5 overs.
The Warriors v Knights scoredcard can be viewed here: https://www.cricketscotlandlive.com/match/135042-6064124/scorecard?liveStream=true&period=1102704&video
The Highlanders v Performance Academy scorecard can be viewed here: https://www.cricketscotlandlive.com/match/135042-6064123/scorecard/?period=1103917