Eastern U18s Secure Regional Championship
Eastern Knights U18s retained the Inter-Regional Trophy with a 1st innings victory over the Caledonian Highlanders in a 2-day match played at McKane Park, Dunfermline.
Asked to bat first, the Knights got off to a poor start as first Kyle Macpherson, then Michael Miller, fell to the Cally openers. However, a fine stand of 105 between captain, Chris Cash (77) and wicket-keeper, Matthew Angelini (53) secured a solid platform from which the Knights could build.
Fraser Allardice maintained the momentum with a speedy 39, before he became Jamie King’s third wicket in an excellent spell of 18 overs, 3-31. When the Knights reached 260-6, they chose to declare, leaving their opponents with an awkward 15 overs to bat before close of play.
Openers Jamie Penman and Ben Wilkinson looked like they had weathered the storm. However, in the penultimate over of the day, spinner Chayank Gosain picked up the key wicket of in-form batsman, Wilkinson, leaving Cally on 17-1 overnight. Despite two early wickets the following morning, the Highlanders remained unperturbed as the middle order pairing of Jack Waller and Alex Anderson put together a steady partnership of 87 before Allardice had Waller caught at long on for 37.
The momentum of the match then swung dramatically as five wickets fell for just five runs, with left arm spinners, Chayank Gosain (4-43) and Fraser Allardice (3-29) doing the damage. Sensing a possible follow-on, the Knights positioned fielders close around the bat to pressure the Cally tail. However, some fighting late order resistance helped Cally avoid the follow-on, reaching 173 before Mark Watt clean bowled the final two batters, finishing with 3-54 to ensure that all ten Cally wickets fell to left arm spin.
With a 1st innings win secured, the Knights chose to bat again, reaching 69-5 before both captains agreed to a draw, with the Knights getting extra points for being ahead after the 1st innings. The result means that the Knights once again finish top of the Inter-Regional Table, with the Western Warriors in second place.