Highland CC retain NoSCA Senior Cup
In a match played in unaccustomed bright sunshine, Highland retained the North of Scotland Senior Cup with a resounding 101 run victory over Forres St Lawrence at the Links, Nairn yesterday (Sunday 28th August).
Highland opted to bat first after winning the toss and despite opener Graham Watson making a composed 43, they lost wickets at regular intervals. With the score on 118 for 8 the game was finely balanced but Adnan Shah, promoted from the Reserve XI, took the game away from Forres in the final overs with an innings of 48 runs in just 25 balls (fours 6’s and three 4’s) to raise the final score to 180.
Needing to score at a fraction over a run a ball to win the game, Forres lost regular wickets in their chase. This included their talisman captain Pal Dhami, second out, caught at the wicket for just 16. Highland caught well and bowled straight with Rory Cameron the pick of their bowlers, and he was denied a hat-trick when wicket-keeper Clement spilled a regulation catch.
After the match John Paul accepted the trophy from competition sponsor Chris Blake of Blake Geoservices. George MacArthur of Nairn then presented his father’s trophy for Player of the Match (adjudicated by umpires Munro Ross and Magnus Neill) to Adnan Shah for his whirlwind innings of 48.
The final was preceded by a Kwik Cricket festival organised by Neil Cameron, Allan Duncan and Neil Nicol and enjoyed by over 50 youngsters from the Elgin and Huntly clubs.
Highland 180 all out
(A.Shah 48, G.Watson 43; S.Barron 4-40, G.Farr 3-28)
Forres St Lawrence 79 all out
(P.Dhami 16; R.Cameron 4-15)
Report from www.nosca.net