All square after day one in Stirling
(1st Innings) Highlanders 256/7 (82.3 overs); Wallace 77*, Chalmers 58, McElnea 12.3-2-51-3
[Day 1 Scorecard]
The Highlanders took on the Reivers in the second three day match of the LiveSport.co.uk Pro Series at New Williamfield in Stirling.
Craig Wallace took over the Highlanders captaincy from Preston Mommsen, who was declared unfit before the start with injury, and after winning the toss he elected to bat first.
Saltire Hamish Gardiner and U19 captain Ross McLean opened the batting against Peter Lojszczyk and Gavin Smith under the shadow of the Wallace Monument in overcast conditions.
The openers took the score to 39 before McLean was caught by Josh Edwards off Scott McElnea in the slips. Gardiner departed 10 runs later when he offered a chance to the substitute fielder who took a good catch at square-leg; he was required to field for the day after Moneeb Iqbal suffered an injury during the warm up.
The Reivers then seemed to have taken the initiative after a smart bit of work by Simon Smith to throw down the stumps, standing back from McElnea, to catch Matthew Parker out of his crease after he had scored six with the Highlanders on 58/3 in the 23rd over.
Wallace and Ewan Chalmers then looked to give the home team stability as the pair batted to lunch. Chalmers finally went after attempting to pull a Majid Haq delivery only to chop the ball onto his stumps having stroked nine boundaries during his score of 58.
It wasn’t long before the Reivers claimed another wicket as Cameron Farrell was comprehensively bowled by Calum MacLeod for a duck. Michael Leask came to the crease and looked to attack, finding the boundary four times during his cameo, before eventually being dismissed for 18 – bowled by Richie Berrington.
Wallace remained, and the Saltires batsman looked to be set on his first century for the Highlanders with some great strokes around the ground. Calvin Burnett played his part finishing on 23*, ensuring the Highlanders would reach 256/7 before the rain came and ended play in the 83rd over.
It was a pretty even day’s play with some attacking stroke-play and some tight bowling by the Reivers. Day two will resume at 11am tomorrow morning.