Highlanders one step away from T20 crown

27 May

The Highlanders (198-9, Munsey 68, Goudie 43, Bukhari 4-15) beat the Hurricanes (118 all out in 15.2 overs, Bailwal 4-13, Evans 4-29) by 80 runs in Kampong.

The Highlanders are just one win away from winning the North Sea Pro Series T20 after winning by 80 runs in Kampong. With two games remaining they can win the title on Reivers soil with a game to spare if they are victorious in their T20 clash on Monday.

Having won the toss and deciding to bat the Highlanders were again looking to post a big total as they did in Dundee the previous week, although Gardiner fell first ball to leave the score on 1/1. Munsey was unaffected at the other end as he set about attacking the Hurricanes bowling and he was to hit eight boundaries in a quickfire innings of 68 runs from just 43 balls. He was ably supported by Gordon Goudie who continued his great form with the bat hitting 43 runs from just 18 balls which including five sixes!

There was also contribution from the Burnett brothers and Wallace who all scored in the 20s to post 198 for the Highlanders. Mudassar Bukhari was the pick of the Dutch bowlers, only conceding 15 runs from his four overs, also taking four wickets and cleaning up the tail when the Highlanders could have scored even more. None of the other Hurricanes bowlers were able to find line and length, with Tewarie bowling one over for 22 runs!

Although the Hurricanes got off to a good start, a flurry of early wickets combined with sharp fielder saw the score reduced to 63/4. Many batsmen got started but were able to convert in to big scores with Wasim (28) and Tewarie (22*) the only players to make it past 20 runs, and the run chase never formed a threat. Evans and Bailwal were the star performers with the ball, with Bailwal only conceding 13 runs from his four overs, and Evans now picking up 11 wickets in the T20 series.

Another convincing victory for the Highlanders as they march towards the title. With a 100% record still intact they will be looking to claim the trophy with a game to spare by beating the Reivers on their own patch. Stay tuned to Cricket Scotland and follow us on twitter @NorthSeaPS to keep up to date with all the action.

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