Hill ensures good start for Western Warriors U18s
U18 Inter Regional: Caledonian Highlanders v Western Warriors - Lochlands, Arbroath, Thursday 20th June.
The first Inter Regional Championship game for Caledonian Highlanders saw them host the Western Warriors at Arbroath.
Home captain Blair Carnegie won the toss and elected to bat, a decision that appeared to have backfired after Haris Chuadhry had bowled opener Jordan Squire with the first ball of the game.
Alex Anderson came to the crease and developed a solid 52 run partnership with Ben Wilkinson before the latter departed, caught Elliott Rousen off the bowling of Lyal Hill.
Anderson was the next to go, stumped off the bowling of Tahir for 31, before an 81 run partnership between Carnegie and Sandy Richards gave Highlanders a platform to accelerate through the final third of the innings.
The innings stalled with three quick wickets; Carnegie fell to another Rousen catch at square leg off the bowling of Sabri for a well-made 59. Then Chandu was caught behind off Azeem for 4 and Richards fell for 25 caught Rao bowled Hill. The innings further stuttered when Curtis Taylor departed run out by Hill before Ryan Brown made a breezy 21 of 23 balls to close the innings on 188-8.
The Highlanders made early inroads into the Warriors batting order removing Muhammad Azeem for 5 bowled, by Jamie King followed by Neil Flack for 12 caught by Chandu off the bowling of Ward.
This proved to be the last success for some time as an excellent 126 run partnership for the Western Warriors developed between Jak O’Connell and Hill. The pair put the Warriors firmly in the driving seat taking the game away from the Highlanders.
A late flurry of wickets gave the home side provided some hope, with King bowling Hill for 68 and Ward returning the favour for Chandu, taking the catch to dismiss O’Connell for 60.
Stuart Darroch and Rousen fell cheaply to Ward caught behind and an excellent catch from King at long-on from the bowling of Chandu.
It was too little too late as Warriors reached their target with a little over 3 overs to spare for the loss of 6 wickets for a well-deserved victory.
Player of the match: Lyle Hill.
Ben Wilkinson, Jordan Squire, Alex W Anderson, Blair C Carnegie, (c) Sandy Richards, Rahul Chandu, Curtis Taylor, Ryan Brown, Harris Carnegie, (wk) Jamie F King, Ieuan CD Ward, Scott Lucas.
Muhammad Azeem, Neil D Flack, Jak J O'Connell, (wk) Lyle H Hill, Stuart Darroch, Elliott J Rousen, Ross J Armour, Abdul Sabri, Haris M Chaudhry, Hamza Tahir, Ahmad I Chaudhry, (wk) Mitchell D Rao.