Munsey powers Highlanders to first NSPS20 win

09 May

George Munsey powers his way to 76 (Donald MacLeod)The Reivers and Highlanders got their North Sea Pro Series T20 campaigns under-way on Friday (8 May) at Clydesdale Cricket Club.

Following persistent rain during the week, the area around the wicket was very wet, therefore, a considerable clean-up job was required to get any play in at all.

The first game was abandoned, and eventually the second fixture took place at 3:30pm, seeing the Reivers win the toss and elect to bowl first.

George Munsey, who has been impressing during his recent trials for Notts 2XI, struck a brisk 76 runs from only 33 deliveries to give the Highlanders a solid start. His explosive innings contained 4 fours and 5 sixes.

The Reivers then pulled the game back with quick wickets, removing Preston Mommsen, Marc Petrie and Chris Greaves for single figures.

Matthew Parker and Craig Wallace both reached the 20s before being dismissed, as the Highlanders were bowled out for 154 in 18.4 overs, with Ross McLean claiming 3/18, while Con de Lange returned with figures of 4/26.

In reply, Con de Lange and Anwar Hafeez recovered following the early loss of Richie Berrington for 1 to give the home side a decent start, with a partnership worth 67.

Hafeez was caught behind from the bowling of Mommsen for 33, as Con de Lange reached his half century, but was eventually removed by Alasdair Evans, again caught behind by Wallace, for 59.

Safyaan Sharif made a quick-fire 15 to keep the Reivers in the hunt, and left 25 runs required from the final over of the match.

Despite some late hitting from Neil Smith, Chayank Gosain held his nerve bowling the final over, conceding 15 runs from the final six deliveries, giving the Highlanders their opening win of the campaign, by 10 runs.  

The two teams will now travel to the Netherlands on Sunday to take on their Dutch counterparts in round 2 of the competition. 

Cricket Scotland would like to thank Clydesdale CC for their hospitality. 


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