Mixed fortunes for U15s down south
Royal London ECB under 15 County Cup
Derbyshire & Durham v Scotland u15 26th & 27th July 2016
Scotland u15 had mixed fortunes on their trip to play Derbyshire & Durham.
At Charlesworth & Chisworth CC they recorded a surprise victory over the league leaders on their own patch. This was down mainly to an excellent knock of 81 from Tom Bradburn & a devastating opening bowling spell from Ben Macleod.
In batter friendly conditions the visitors elected to bat and were rewarded with an assured opening partnership between Tom & Uzzair Shah of 112 runs. When Uzzair perished, skipper Angus Guy supported Bradburn in a 48 run collaboration which left the Scots handily placed at 170 for 2. Then a combination of tight bowling & fielding by the hosts and tactical naivety by the Scots caused the innings to wither to 214 all out.
Derbyshire had cleverly rushed through their overs when on top. Unfortunately they rushed the opening of their reply to the extent that in 8 overs they were 23 for 4 & in serious strife. Their demise was down exclusively to a hostile and accurate opening spell from Ben MacLeod who bowled the first four on the card with devastating pace and some movement off the seam.
When Ben ended his spell the County staged a minor recovery, but, Scotland’s tight bowling and improved fielding resulted in the County finishing 86 runs short.
Roles were reversed the following day when Scotland lost the toss at the well-appointed Hatrlepool CC & Durham had no hesitation in electing to bat.
After a steady opening partnership yielding 60 at a stately pace Jonathan Bushnell played the innings of the day to amass 93 not out. He was always busy early in his innings and then expanded to fluent aggression as the overs ran on.
The Scots attack bowled tightly with Sajjad, Khan, Bradburn, Sinclair, Blumski & Bhandari prominent although late into the innings some loose fielding crept in as the side tired.
221 looked gettable but at 4 for 2 with Bradburn & Guy in the hutch success looked unlikely. Darryl Sinclair had other ideas and with a careful, controlled and disciplined innings of 73 he helped the Scots to draw ever nearer. He drove assuredly and left well and was unlucky to be run out in the mad chase when the visitors threw caution to the wind in attempting to secure a run rate in excess of 9 per over.
Energetic cameos from Jawad Khan (23) and Puskar Bhandari (14 not out) were not enough to see the Scots over the line and they ended 55 runs light.