Contrasting fortunes for U19s against NSW
As part of their on-going preparation for the forthcoming European World Cup qualifying tournament, the Scotland U19 team took on the Combined New South Wales High Schools team in two one-day matches at Heriots on July 4th and 5th.
The NSW Schools squad are on their first UK tour for nine years and is a programme through which many NSW and Australian representative players have progressed, such as Michael Clarke, Adam Gilchrist and the Waugh brothers.
It is fair to say that the two matches could scarcely have been more different, with the tourists running out easy winners in the first match only for Scotland to come back strongly to secure a comfortable victory in the second game.
New South Wales Schools won by 9 wickets
Scotland won the toss and elected to bat on a Goldenacre wicket which has been full of runs over the past couple of months.
Captain Ross McLean and Andrew Umeed got the innings off to a flyer with 20 up in the third over before Umeed nicked a good delivery from Warren to the wicket keeper. There then followed a disastrous period where the young Scots lost three wickets in the space of an over with McLean bowled by Mattingly, Michael English run out without facing, and Nick Farrar edging his first ball behind to leave Scotland teetering on 41 for 4.
Wickets continued to fall with no significant partnerships being developed to leave Scotland in danger of being bowled out for under 100. However, Gavin Main (36no) and Abdul Sabri (17) took the innings beyond three figures, and Main in partnership with Gosain put on a further 25 for the final wicket before Gosain was bowled and Scotland all out for a well below-par 143.
In reply the New South Wales batsmen demonstrated the quality of the wicket by rarely looking troubled against a disciplined Scotland attack. Matt Condon and Will McIntosh patiently put on 98 for the first wicket before Condon (57) was caught by McLean looking to hit spinner Gosain over the top. With the game in the bag, Jonathan Sammut opened his shoulders to score a quick fire 28 and take the New South Wales schoolboys to a comfortable 9 wicket victory in partnership with McIntosh (50no).
Scotland Under-19s won by 76 runs
Scotland captain McLean again won the toss and elected to give his batsmen the chance to atone for the previous days disappointments.
As it transpired the Scottish batting would be as good in this match as it had been poor the day before. Despite the early loss of McLean (1) and Michael English (11), Andrew Umeed and Nick Farrar built a tremendous platform for the innings with a partnership of 110 for the 3rd wicket to bring up the 150 in the 34th over before Umeed was caught at mid-wicket for 54.
This brought Alex Baum to the crease and along with Farrar scored 56 off the batting powerplay although both were dismissed shortly afterwards, Farrar for a superb 91 (88 balls) and Baum 36 (31 balls) with Scotland U19s 215 for 5 after 42 overs. Any thoughts that the NSW bowlers had of restricting the Scottish assault with those two wickets was extinguished by Kyle Stirling (50no off 25 balls) and Zander Muir (31no off 26 balls) who proceeded to plunder a further 82 runs off the final 8 overs. The Scots completed their 50 overs on 297 for 5 and set a stiff target for the opposition to chase.
The New South Wales innings started sedately with only four runs coming off the first three overs, but in the next Cutler dispatched Abdul Sabri for five consecutive boundaries to get the run chase moving.
However, Main struck the first blow for Scotland almost immediately, inducing an edge from McIntosh to Umeed at second slip. The same bowler then dismissed Cutler caught behind and Lyle Hill had Wilson caught by English to reduce the NSW innings to 47 for 3.
Sabri reaped some revenge by having the hard hitting Sammut caught by Hill for 43 (41 balls) and then bowled Fisher as Scotland continued to pick up wickets at regular intervals with NSW struggling on 84 for 6 in the 17th over.
McMahon (45) and McGill (15) attempted to rebuild the innings with a partnership of 59 but the required run-rate was climbing all the time as Scotland U19 debutant spinner Mark Watt (1 for 30) tightened the screw. After McGill was bowled by Farrar, McMahon and lower order batsmen Mattingly and Patterson continued to fight for the New South Wales team, and indeed put on 59 for the final wicket before Mattingly was dismissed by Main (3 for 48) to see New South Wales Schools bowled out for 221 and Scotland U19 victorious by 76 runs.
These were a valuable pair of fixtures for the Scotland team played in fantastic conditions at Goldenacre. The Scotland team now build towards the qualifying tournament and will be pleased to have returned to form so quickly after a disappointing performance in the first match.
After a day sightseeing in St Andrews the New South Wales Schools squad move on to fixtures in England against Lancashire Academy amongst others having provided excellent competition for the Scotland U19’s in the matches last week. We wish them all the best for the rest of their trip.