First blood to Reivers in LiveSport.co.uk Pro Series
Highlanders 213-8 (50 overs) Matthew Parker 61, Ross McLean 41, S McElnea 2/43 lost to Reivers 216-7 (46.5 overs) C MacLeod 69, S Smith 25* by 3 wickets.
The LiveSport.co.uk Pro 50 Series kicked off in earnest yesterday, as the Reivers completed a three wicket win over the Highlanders at a sunny yet brisk New Cambusdoon in Ayr.
Moneeb Iqbal was handed the reins for the Reivers after regular captain Richie Berrington fell ill prior to the start. The Reivers captain guessed right, winning the toss and electing to field first.
The decision seemed vindicated as runs were hard to come by on a slow wicket. Scotland U19 captain Ross McLean was the first man to depart in the 19th over, having contributed 41 from 61 balls, during a first wicket stand of 59 with Matthew Parker.
Tight bowling from Reivers seamers Peter Lojszczyk, Stuart Chalmers and Josh Edwards, made quick progress difficult for the Highlanders; and it took two cameos from new Saltire Michael Leask (42 from 41 balls) and Calvin Burnett (32 not out from 27 balls) to reach a competitive total of 213 for 8 from their 50 overs. Parker lent his support playing the anchor role for the team scoring 61 runs from 135 balls.
In reply the home side’s innings progressed at a steady pace, but it was the third wicket stand of 88 between Calum MacLeod and Michael English that proved decisive.
English, who had been drafted into the side following Berrington’s withdrawal, proved a fine foil for MacLeod before departing for 32, with the score on 136 in the 34th over.
Man of the Match MacLeod, went on to complete a fine innings of 69 from 82 balls to take the Reivers within sight of victory. However, it took a belligerent innings of 25 not out from 18 balls by keeper Simon Smith to kill off the Highlanders challenge. Calvin Burnett proved to be the stand out performer with the ball with a fine spell of 2 for 29 to add to his not out 32 in the first innings.
The Reivers now lead the five match series 1-0, following the Titwood wash out earlier in the month. Game three in this year’s LiveSport.co.uk Pro 50 Series takes place at Forthill, Broughty Ferry on Sunday 23rd June with an 11.45 start and free admission.