Gary Heatly rounds-up the latest pathways action…
While the Eastern Knights men’s senior side were beginning their Pro Series campaign with a thumping win over the Caledonian Highlanders on Sunday, the region’s boys under-15 and 17 teams were also securing victories on the same day.
The under-15s were taking on the Highlanders at Livingston CC looking to bounce back from their defeat to the Warriors seven days before – and they did that after a cracking contest.
Batting first, the Knights got off to a solid start thanks to 21 from William Hodgson (Murrayfield DAFS CC) before he was run out.
However, his opening partner Calum Burnet of Grange CC took things forward and his brilliant 72 provided the backbone to the innings.
His club team mate Rory Grant made 32 and then Carlton CC’s Rory Ledingham made 21 and Bass Rock CC’s Bruce Weatherhead 22 not out as they made it up to 215-5 from their allotted overs.
Gordonians CC’s Adi Hegde led the way with the ball with 1-39 from 10 overs.
In reply, the Knights knew they had to get dangerman Jamie Dunk, who plays his club cricket down south for Old Northamptonians CC, out and they managed to for 37 to leave the visitors on 67-2.
The rest of the batting line-up composed themselves though and got mightily close to a brilliant run chase, but fell just four runs short as they were 211 all out.
Grange CC’s Rhett Hussey was the pick of the bowlers for the home side with 3-20 in what was a real nailbiter.
“Calum Burnet and Rory Grant gave us a good platform in our batting innings and a couple of late cameos gave us a real boost,” Knights under-15 head coach Neil Yelland said.
“With the ball, our opening 20 overs were excellent and we created a lot of chances, but Caley dug in and fought brilliantly, punishing bad balls and running well.
“In the end, Rhett Hussey’s spell was the difference and he deservedly took the last wicket.”
At Clydesdale CC’s Titwood ground in Glasgow, the Warriors under-17s hosted the Knights under-17s.
Batting first, the visitors were indebted to 51 from opening batter Harry Armstrong (Stewart’s Melville CC) with Euan Keatinge chipping in with 22 and Watsonian CC’s Alex Hodge making 22 too.
Ewan Hutchinson (Carlton CC/Heriot’s CC) then made 30 batting at number six as they made 193 all out.
Thomas Wilmott from Uddingston CC was the pick of the Warriors bowlers with 3-31 from 10 overs and Bahadar Esakhiel (Clydesdale CC) took two wickets.
In reply, the Warriors slipped to 52-5 and would never full recover despite the best efforts of Esakhiel (52) and Dumfries CC’s Sean Thornley (24).
When Thornley was the ninth wicket to fall in the 43rd over the team still needed 36 runs and it could not be managed, Hutchinson taking the last wicket to see the Knights home by 26-runs in the end.
Shaun Smith (Carlton CC) bowled very well, taking 4-32 while Grange CC’s Ally Docherty took 2-19 from eight overs.The Eastern Knights under-15s are pictured in the main photo, the Western Warriors under-17s in the other