Highlanders win T20 NSPS crown
Michael Leask yesterday ensured the Highlanders would claim the inaugural T20 North Sea Pro Series title with some brutal hitting at Nunholm, Dumfries.
The Reivers won the toss and elected to field first in bright conditions. After Hamish Gardiner had been dismissed by Iain Wardlaw, Leask strode out to the crease to produce one of the most memorable innings of recent times.
George Munsey was also looking in good form at the other end, hitting 32 runs from 20 deliveries, while Leask cruised to his 50 from only 28 balls.
While the Reivers bowlers struggled to hit their areas, Leask made sure he cashed in. It took just another 23 deliveries for the Stoneywood-Dyce batsman to reach his 100.
He was eventually dismissed for 132, an innings which included 11 sixes and 10 fours, but not before he produced undoubtedly the shot of the day - a reverse-sweep for six.
Gordon Goudie ensured the runs kept coming with an unbeaten 47 from 11 deliveries, as the Highlanders posted a formidable target of 283 from their 20 overs.
The Reivers never looked like chasing down the target as wickets tumbled at regular intervals. Con de Lange showed spirit with his unbeaten 81, but the Highlanders produced a much more disciplined display in the field to restrict the Reivers to 153 from their 20 overs – giving the Highlanders victory by 119 runs.
The Man of the Match, sponsored by Atack Plumbing, was awarded to Leask who said, “I felt a bit scratchy at the start of the inning, but once I got going it was coming off the bat nicely. I’m delighted we could get over the line and I could contribute to the Highlanders winning the T20 crown.”