Euro Pro Series gets underway
The first ever Pro Team matches took place in Amstelveen and Ayr on Tuesday as the Highlanders travelled to take on the North Holland Hurricanes, while the Reivers hosted The North Seafarers at New Cambusdoon.
Both Scottish representative sides found themselves fielding first in their respective matches and it was two Scottish bowlers that did the damage against the Dutch batsmen.
Former Scotland U19 all-rounder Scott McElnea, on his home ground, made good use of the new ball for the Reivers as the home-side made a confident start against the Seafarers. McElnea claimed three wickets to reduce the Dutch to 78/5 after the initial 22 overs.
A dogged 50 run partnership for the 6th wicket took the Seafarers to drinks with the score on 123/5 after 33 overs.
Holland internationalist Peter Seelar then accelerated through the gears towards the end of the innings, taking over 50 runs from the final 7 overs, to ensure the Dutch side reached a competitive total of 235/8 after 50 overs.
The Reivers found themselves in a bit of trouble as they set about chasing the target, losing Safyaan Sharif and Stuart Chalmers to leave the home side on 39/2 after 7 overs.
Calum MacLeod then took the match by the scruff of the neck, and ably supported by Moneeb Iqbal (41), took the score past 100. MacLeod reached his 100 (104 balls) in the 41st over and left the Reivers requiring 41 runs from the remaining 9 overs.
MacLeod continued to guide the Reivers home. The 45th over produced 13 runs and effectively saw the match into the home side’s hands, meaning 14 off 24 balls were required.
The centurion was dismissed after stroking 16 boundaries, finishing on 116 runs from 118 balls, and it was left to Neil Smith and Scott Beveridge to see the Reivers over the line to complete a 4 wicket win.
Meanwhile across the water at the ABN Amro International Cricket Center in Amstelveen, seam-bowler Calvin Burnett caused the North Holland Hurricanes top-order all sorts of problems as he claimed figures of 5/25.
The Hurricanes did manage to post 121 before the final wicket fell after 36 overs had been bowled.
Despite the loss of Matthew Parker early in the reply, Hamish Gardiner was joined by Ewan Chalmers, fresh after his recent century against Kenya, as the pair led the way for the Highlanders.
Both reached their respective half centuries just as the visitors cruised past the require total in the 31st over to give the Highlanders their first win against the Hurricanes.
Both teams now take part in a T20 match against the same opposition today.