Knights defeat Seafarers to win NSPS Final
Preston Mommsen yesterday guided the Eastern Knights to a memorable North Sea Trophy triumph with victory over the South Holland Seafarers at New Williamfield, Stirling.
The Knights, already undisputed Scottish champions in white ball cricket, proved just too strong for their Dutch rivals in a keenly contested final.
Ultimately Mommsen proved the difference between the sides, the national skipper compiling the innings of the match as his side won by four wickets with two overs to spare.
Chasing 182, Mommsen watched his side slip from the comfort of 74-1 to a nervy 147-6.
George Munsey, bidding to win back his place in the Scotland set-up, offered a solid base with a watchful 37 from 84 deliveries while Schalk Conradie also made a promising start.
However, having reached 31, he was deceived in the flight by Pieter Seelaar and Wes Barresi completed the stumping.
The experienced Seelaar was the pick of the visiting bowlers, picking up another two middle order wickets as the Knights wobbled.
However, Mommsen retained his composure to stroke a match-winning 51no while Scotland team-mate Ali Evans offered the support he needed.
Mommsen hit six boundaries in his 73-ball knock while Evans was unbeaten on 16 at the end.
Earlier Evans had struggled for the breakthrough as the Seafarers made a promising start.
It was left Elliot Ruthven to claim the first success as Stefan Myburgh edged behind.
Roeland Verhagen looked capable of propelling the Dutch to a sizeable total with a series of punishing strokes including the day’s only maximum.
However, he attempted one shot too many and was caught in the deep by Ruthven off Cheeky Gosain for 38.
His contribution proved to be the best the Seafarers had to offer as the Knights seized control with two wickets in quick succession, Cameron Shoebridge enjoying a debut success to remove Barresi.
Mark Watt spun his way through the middle order with 3-20, fellow spinner Tom Sole claiming two scalps of his own.
Evans got in on the act to remove the increasingly dangerous Seelaar who was going strong on 34 and looking capable of propelling the Dutch to a substantial total.
In the event, they were all out in the 46th over when Schalk Conradie stumped Ahsan Malik, the wicket-keeper’s fifth dismissal of the match.