Prince is King of the Castle

18 Jun

From Cricket Scotland, Photos by Ian Potts

Old Trafford

Scotland 217/9 (40 overs), Coleman 63, MacLeod 55, White 8-0-38-4 lost to Lancashire 218/3 (36.3 overs) Prince 98* Iqbal 8-0-32-2,
[Scorecard]

The Scottish Saltires visited Old Trafford in the 2013 Yorkshire Bank campaign against Lancashire as the county unveiled its new pavilion for the first time since major reconstruction.

After winning the toss Preston Mommsen decided to bat first on a muggy day in Manchester, as the Saltires looked for their fourth victory in a row against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

Majid Haq returned to the Saltire line-up after a recent hamstring injury, with the experienced Neil Carter coming in for Gordon Drummond.

Tom Latham and Freddie Coleman opened the innings for the Saltires under the new Pavilion, as the pair moved the score onto 12/0 after 2 overs.

Freddie Coleman

However, first ball of the 4th over saw Latham well caught at fine leg by Simon Kerrigan from the bowling of Wayne White.

Richie Berrington was the next man in for the Saltires and looked to get his innings going, scoring 9 runs from a Kabir Ali over.

Coleman helped give the visitors a solid start helping the team past 50 from the final ball of the 11th over.

Berrington was given a lifeline when he edged a Jordan Clark delivery over the slips for a boundary. The bowler immediately got his revenge inducing an edge behind the stumps to Cross to complete the catch.

MacLeod looked in good touch as he found the boundary with an exquisite on-drive in the 15th over to move the score onto 70/2.

Coleman too was growing in confidence at the crease, utilising the pull-shot and reverse-sweep to good effect.

A scampered two for MacLeod in the 18th over helped the Saltires bring up their 100. The pair also achieved the first 50 partnership of the day in the 22nd over coming from 57 balls.

Coleman then reached his second half-century of the 2013 YB40 season, coming from 62 balls and included three boundaries.

The Saltires, who were now going at 5 runs an over, had a solid platform to build on. However, Stephen Parry’s first delivery of the game dismissed Coleman LBW for 63, breaking a dangerous 93 run partnership between the pair.

Mommsen looked to keep the scoreboard ticking over as he stuck two boundaries to move the Saltires total past 150 with 10 overs remaining. 

Calum MacLeod MacLeod moved his way towards 50 and reached the milestone in 62 balls scoring 3 boundaries.

The shot that saw Mommsen dismissed at Durham, proved fruitful against Lancashire as he seized the initiative pulling Kabir Ali for a maximum, followed by a 4 to take 14 runs from the 35th over.

A straight-drive down the ground by Mommsen would see the Saltires reach 200 with 3 overs remaining in the innings. Quick wickets for Lancashire did however prevent the visitors getting close to that total.

Mommsen ended up losing his wicket 4 runs short of his half century, and was soon followed back to the pavilion by Moneeb Iqbal, who was caught trying to hook White offering a simple catch.

Majid Haq lasted one ball before Matthew Cross was bowled for 6.  Michael Leask was then caught behind as the Scots inning stuttered, achieving 27 runs from the last 5 overs, and losing 5 wickets – to close their innings on 217/9.

Ashwell Prince

Stephen Moore and Ashwell Prince opened the batting for Lancashire against bowlers Neil Carter and Gordon Goudie.

 The home side almost lost their South African batsmen, as he set off for a single during the second over of the innings, but Latham missed the stumps with a run- out opportunity after Prince had given up on the run.

Carter then bowled a tight first spell, bowling a maiden in the 7th over, as the batsmen played him cautiously. Lancashire then opted to take their batting power-play early as they searched for early boundaries.

Lancashire moved to 38/0 in the 9th over, with Moore the aggressor with 28 and Prince happy to play the anchor-role.

Moore struck the first maximum of the Lancashire innings, hitting Haq’s 4th ball straight down the ground.

Berrington was pulled to leg for 4 by Prince, who then struck another boundary straight back over the bowlers head to move the home the side to 63-0 in the 11th over.

Ashwell PrincePrince ensured he caught up with Moore with a few mighty blows. The pair striking an opening partnership worth 100, as Stephen Moore reached his 50 off 51 balls, including 6 fours and 1 six.

Iqbal came into the attack for the Saltires and claimed two quick wickets, firstly Moore LBW for 53 and then Croft, caught by Carter for 7.

Karl Brown came to the crease as he and Prince moved their way to the Saltires target. The home team required 74 runs with 8 wickets and 14.5 overs remaining, with both occupants at the crease batting sensibly.

A wonderful catch by Preston Mommsen, producing a diving one handed catch, running from backward-square, removed Brown off the bowling of Haq.

Prince showed his class as he majestically moved onto 98 and was unlucky not to reach three figures, and together with Smith (19*) finished the job for Lancashire.

The game ended in a bit of an anti-climax as a delivery went for 4 byes, the umpire also signalling a no ball, as the hosts claimed the victory by 7 wickets.

After the match Saltire coach Pete Steindl said,” We went back to our strengths with the bat and kept things simple which enabled us to get a decent total. We fought hard in the field but needed to be more ruthless with our areas bowled.

Prince batted very well and demonstrated the value of a batter take responsibility and see it through to the end.”

The Saltires now travel to Derby for their match of their YB40 trip on Thursday (20 June).

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