Caledonian Highlanders U18 v Western Warriors U18
With both sides having several key players missing due to international duties, this fixture represented a chance for some players to stake a claim for more regular selection.
Having won the toss, it was no surprise that Warriors skipper Jak O’Connell chose to bat first on what looked like a good surface and the usual quick outfield at Forthill. A combination of these conditions and some friendly bowling by both teams contributed to the contest turning into somewhat of a run fest with close to 600 runs being scored on the day.
Warriors started their innings in determined mood putting on 140 for the first wicket with an excellent run a ball 78 from Rousen backed up by a solid 49 from Farndale. Wickets were hard to come by for the Highlanders bowlers who, at times, bowled too short for the conditions and paid the price.
O’Connell (40) and Khan (29) added to the misery with the innings closing on 311 for 5, which featured no starring performances in the bowling analysis with a wicket apiece for King, Lucas, Hogarth and Critchley.
In reply Highlanders started in positive mood with Gosse (55) finding the boundary regularly, Shah made a sound 36, but wickets were falling too regularly to sustain the run rate and despite some aggressive hitting from Ward (34) in the middle order, the imposing total was too much to ask and the innings closed on 258 all out, 53 runs short.
Wickets were shared around Sabri (2), Khan (2), one apiece for Tahir & Ahmed with the pick of the wicket-takers Qasim (3-37). A deserved win for Warriors whose ability to put together meaningful partnerships was the difference on the day.