Highlanders win Pro 20 Quaich in Season Finale
As the shadows lengthened in the autumnal late evening sunshine, the Highlanders finally got their hands on some silverware. Having promised much with a talented and eager young side, they were disappointed to lose the Pro 50 Trophy to the Reivers, while the multi day Pro Series Shield was shared after two rain affected matches.
However the home side broke their duck in fine fashion - winning both matches comfortably in an entertaining T20 Triple Header which included their Reivers Pro Team rivals and the Cavaliers, a strong scratch side consisting principally of overseas players.
The first game saw the LiveSport.co.uk Pro Series rivals squaring up, with the Highlanders winning the toss and posting a formidable total of 181-7 in their 20 overs. This was due principally to Michael Leask who bludgeoned 56 in 32 balls, with able support from Hamish Gardiner (31 off 24 balls) and Craig Wallace (29 off 26 balls). The Reivers reply started well with captain Richie Berrington hammering 65 off 39 balls to give the Reivers a fighting chance.
He was eventually dismissed thanks to a fantastic outfield catch by Hamish Gardiner, before the spinners went to work in strangling the life out of the visitor’s innings. Leask finished with figures of 4-23 off his four overs while promising teenage left-arm spinner Mark Watt took 3-17.
Wickets fell at a steady rate and the Reivers were eventually all out for 130 and lost by 55 runs.
In Game 2 the Cavaliers struggled to force the pace against the Reivers, having won the toss and batted. Only Glenrothes overseas player Chris Greaves made an impact scoring 56 in 68 balls, while Drumpellier’s teenage seamer Abdul Sabri was the pick of the bowlers with 2-15.
The Reivers overhauled their modest target with relative ease in 18 overs - Scotland Under 19 wicket-keeper batsman Alex Baum top scoring with 34not out in 30 balls, ably supported by Kasim Farid (32 in 25 balls).
The final game saw the Cavaliers post an improved total of 125-9 in their allocation with Perth Doo’cot pro Usman Saeed showing his class with a fine innings of 55 in 53 balls. Michael Leask was again the pick of the bowlers with 3-26 from his 4 over allocation
The Highlanders looked comfortable on 35-1 in the 5th over, before a wobble saw then reduced to 45-5. However captain Preston Mommsen (54 not out in 45 balls) and Jan Stander (26 not out off 31 balls) saw the hosts home to what was in the end a very well deserved win.
Highlanders v Reivers [Scorecard]
Cavaliers v Reivers [Scorecard]
Cavaliers v Highlanders [Scorecard]