Highlanders finish NSPS T20 in style
Game 1: Reivers 140/8 (20 overs) de Lange 35, Beveridge 29, Leask 3/26, lost to Highlanders 141/3 (16.4 overs), Mommsen 44*, Gardiner 38* by 7 wickets. [Scorecard]
Game 2: Reivers 120 (19.5 overs) de Lange 36, Brock 3/23, lost to Highlanders 121/1 (11.3 overs) Munsey 66* by 9 wickets. [Scorecard]
The Highlanders produced a fine all-round display at Forthill for the final North Sea Pro Series T20 fixtures of the competition.
The home side were dealt an early blow when seamer Adrian Neill injured himself in an attempt to field the ball, after Preston Mommsen chose to field first in beautiful conditions.
In the first fixture Con de Lange was the top scorer with 35 runs from 25 deliveries until Brock clean bowled the Scotland internationalist with the score on 82/3.
Kasim Farid had made 21, but the introduction of Michael Leask swung the momentum back in favour of the Highlanders.
The all-rounder claimed 3/26, while taking a catch and a run-out, to restrict the Reivers to 140/8 from their 20 overs.
George Munsey set the tone at the top of the order smashing 6 fours and a six, scoring a quick 34. Hamish Gardiner and Preston Mommsen successfully guided their team home with a stand worth 83 runs to secure a 7 wicket win.
Spinner Mark Watt, who was selected for Scotland’s squad for the ICC WT20 Qualifier this week, got the breakthrough, bowling Hafeez with 28 on the board.
Con de Lange (36) and Scott Beveridge (20) knuckled down to try and set a decent total, however when de Lange departed there was little fight from the Reivers lower order, as they lost 7 wickets for 36 runs.
Munsey was the destroyer-in-chief this time for the Highlanders as he clattered 66 from 34 balls, while he was given solid support by his Scotland teammates, Craig Wallace (27) and Michael Leask (22*), to chase down the total in only 11.3 overs.
Following the conclusion of the match the Highlanders were presented with the 2015 North Sea Pro Series T20 trophy, their secure back-to-back titles.