Highlander finish with 100% T20 NSPS record
The Grange was the setting for the final T20 North Sea Pro series fixture on Scottish soil in 2014 between the inaugural T20 competition winners, the Highlanders, against the Seafarers.
A spirited innings by Netherlands wicket-keeper Pepe Barresi wasn’t enough to give the travelling Dutch contingent the edge going into tomorrow’s winner takes all contest in the 50 over format.
Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Highlanders posted a competitive 150 from their twenty overs, under bright and sunny conditions.
Cameron Farrell top scored for the 2014 T20 champions with a spirited unbeaten 35, after Highlanders captain Craig Wallace (22) and Hamish Gardiner (25) had put down a decent platform.
In reply, Stephan Myburgh had kept the Seafarers afloat with a hard-hitting 21, before being well caught on the boundary by a tumbling Gordon Goudie.
Barresi did manage to reach half century from 31 deliveries with a pull shot to the boundary, and while he was still at the crease the visitors always had a chance.
However, when Barresi was caught by Chayank Gossain from the bowling of Leask, the innings petered out, with the home side eventually winning the contest by 9 runs.
After the match Highlanders coach Toby Bailey said, “Obviously it was good that we got the win and keep our 100% record, it wasn’t our best performance but it was good to get over the line in the end.
Tomorrow’s match will be the perfect way to end the North Sea Pro Series, which will be great, and hopefully we’ll come out on top.”
In Deventer, the Reivers succumbed to defeat from the final ball of the game against the Northern Hurricanes in a low scoring encounter.
After the Scottish side had been dismissed for 73, the hosts reached the target with one wicket remaining as the final delivery of the match was struck for six.
Tomorrow’s match title decider between the Highlanders and the Seafarers will be streamed live from the Cricket Scotland website.