Indoor Sixes 2014 - Round 1
Last year’s finalists, Eastern Knights U18, RH Corstorphine and Stenhousemuir all claimed one victory each on the opening night of the 2014 Indoor Super Sixes.
In the opening match, RH Corstorphine were put in to bat by the young Eastern Knights and made a good start with 23 runs on the board as the first wicket of Ozzie Malik fell. Captain Cameron Leeder and wicket keeper Gordon Lamb batted well without incident and both retired (having passed the score of 25) within ball of each other.
This spurred a fight back from the Easter Knights as two brilliant direct throws from Mark Watt and captain Ben Wilkinson, saw the end of Michael Yellowlees and Sullie Malik and the score 72-3 in the 7th over. RH Corstorphine eventually completed their innings on 81-3.
Joe Kinghorn-Gray made the initially breakthrough for RH Corstorphine removing Matthew Angelini who succumbed to sunning catch by Leeder at point. Wickets fell at regular intervals to leave the Knights on the back foot at 45-4 after 4 overs; only the opener Michael Miller showed any resistance, having initially retired upon reaching 25 runs. The last wicket pair of Miller and Rory Evans gave the Knights hope having put on 24 runs but finished 12 runs short as Miller was trapped lbw for 25 by Michael Yellowlees.
RH Corstorphine beat Eastern Knights by 12 runs [Scorecard]
CricHQ MVP of the Match: Michael Yellowlees
Eastern Knights U18 bounced back from their first game defeat with a 20 run victory over Stenhousemuir.
The young Knights batting first amassed 92-1 in their innings, Michael Miller again surpassed 25 runs along with his opening partner Matthew Angelini. Ben Wilkinson was the only wicket to fall adjudged lbw by opposition captain Iain McDonald. Hard hitting at the end of the innings from Ruari Macpherson and Mark Watt left Stenhousemuir facing a tough run chase.
Stenhousemuir’s run chase suffered an early blow as Yasir Arfat was bowled by Mark Watt for 2. Kirk Crichton and Amir Shazzad steadied the ship as they lead their team past the 50 mark in the 5th over.
Eastern Knights sealed victory as Stenhousemuir lost their last four wickets for only 16 runs, two more wickets for Watt and again two direct hits, this time from Rory Evans and Michael Miller.
Eastern Knights beat Stenhousemuir by 20 runs [scorecard]
CricHQ MVP of the Match: Mark Watt
Stenhousemuir produced a much improved display over RH Corstorphine in the final match of the evening.
Fielding first, the bowlers were more consistent in line and length making scoring difficult for the RHC batsmen. Cameron Leeder and Ozzie Malik worked the ball well but both batsmen were removed by Akash Rawal in the 3rd over with score on 32.
Michael Yellowlees top scored in the innings with 21 and was well supported towards the end of the innings by Sullie Malik to lead RHC to a competitive total of 73.
The Stenhousemuir run chase again got off to a stuttering start as a mix up between Kirk Crichton and Amir Shazzad saw the latter run out by a sharp Ozzie Malik in the first over. Superb batting from both Crichton (27 runs off 17 balls) and Iain McDonald (21 runs off 12 balls) lead Stenhousemuir to a relatively comfortable 3 wicket win.
RH Cortorphine lost to Stenhousemuir by 3 wickets [scorecard]
CricHQ MVP of the Match: Akash Rawal
Next fixtures: Friday 17 January at the National Cricket Academy
6pm: Grange v Penicuik
6.50pm: Edinburgh Uni CC v Grange
7.40pm: Penicuik v Edinburgh Uni CC