Highlanders scrape home in Mannofield nail-biter
Despite having lost the LiveSport.co.uk Pro 50 Series, the Highlanders managed to carve out a hard fought win against the Reivers at a sun drenched Mannofield.
Home captain Craig Wallace won the toss and invited the Reivers to bat first. The decision seemed vindicated as the men from the south west limped to 90-6 after 32 overs. However an unbroken partnership of 107 between Scotland stars Calum MacLeod (63not out from 104 balls) and Majid Haq (63not out from 63 balls) allowed the visitors to post an unlikely 197-8 at the close of their innings.
The home side appeared to be cruising to a straightforward victory with their score on 178-3 when eventual man of the match Michael Leask holed out in the deep off the bowling off Dumfries’s emerging teenage starlet Niall Alexander, for a run-a-ball 71. This sparked an amazing collapse as the Highlanders lost six wickets for fourteen runs to leave them teetering on the brink of defeat at 192-9, still needing another six runs for victory.
However, not for the first time this season, the experienced Raj Routray held his nerve along with rookie partner Chayank Gosain to steer the home side home in the tensest of finishes.
Despite victory for the Highlanders the Reivers took the five match series 2-1 and captain Richie Berrington was presented with the LiveSport.co.uk Pro 50 Trophy by Cricket Scotland’s immediate past President Bob McFarlane.
The Pro Series concludes this Sunday (1st September) at Arbroath with a T20 triple header; when both Pro Teams and an invitation LiveSport.co.uk Cavaliers XI go head-to-head.
Admission is free and play commences at 11am with the Highlanders taking on the Reivers, followed at 2pm by the losers of game 1 v Cavaliers XI and finally at 5pm the winners of game 1 will play the Cavaliers XI.