Highlanders claim 50 over title after washout at Grange

09 Jun

Highlanders v Seafarers match at Grange abandoned after 33 overs. Highlanders are NSPS 50 over Champions!

An afternoon downpour in Edinburgh meant that the final billing of the North Sea Pro Series was cut short, as the Seafarers needed to win on Scottish soil to pinch the title from under the nose of the Highlanders.

With the visitors struggling on 145-9 from 33 overs, the heavens opened which forced the players off at 1.30pm and they were not to return as the umpires abandoned the game around two hours later.

The Highlanders again won the toss and put the Seafarers in to bat with the aim of chasing down a low total to win their second NSPS title in as many weeks.

Following on from their 100% T20 record, the 50 over competition wasn't as straight forward as a loss to the Seafarers in Voorburg at the start of May left them playing catch-up. However with three wins and a no-result since then, anything but a Seafarers victory would give the Highlanders the trophy and cause for another celebration.

The Seafarers struggled to adapt to the conditions and find any rhythm as the Highlanders opened the bowling with Evans and Bailwal, the latter picking off the top three batsmen to leave the score at 36/3.

The fielding was again of a high standard, but Preston Mommsen took two outstanding catches and another routine grab to help clear out the middle order. With the score at 68/4 Wesley Barresi set about rebuilding the innings by himself, pinching the strike whenever he could to protect the tail and he struck a fine 77 before being bowled by Leask.

It was at this point the rain came down as Khan blocked out 22 balls to score 2 not out to frustrate the Highlanders who were looking for one more wicket.

As the rain got heavier the umpires had no choice but to call for the covers with the score poised at 145/9. After two hours of constant rain that started to flood the Grange outfield and leave puddles on the square, the umpires shook hands with both captains as the game was called off.

After the match Michael Leask, one of the Highlanders leading performers, said, "We've really enjoyed the first North Sea Pro Series. We came out and wanted to play an aggressive and attractive style of cricket. 

It's a shame to be able to have finished it on the field today, but we are obviously pleased with the outcome."

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