Scotland U15s claim win against Northumberland
Northumberland v Scotland U15 at Alnmouth on Thursday 24th July 2014
Scotland were able to come out triumphant in this fixture despite being on the wrong-end of fortune when rain affected the playing conditions markedly and to the detriment of the visitors prospects.
Asked to bat on a greenish pitch the top order were soon in strife at nought for two and then 18 for 3 after 10 overs. The home pair of Doneathy & Batey exploited the bowler friendly conditions with accurate aggressive bowling. Skipper Rory Johnston & Callum Garden dug in to take the total to 66 whereupon both fell to LBW decisions in quick succession.
Now five wickets down with plenty overs available the Scots fell to some more unwise shot selections to end 151 for 9 from 38 overs when the rain struck. Only James Dickinson with an intelligent 39 not out passed muster in the closing phase. He batted patiently on a difficult surface but was severe on anything loose.
Following a 2 hour delay the match was able to restart thanks to the sterling efforts of the Alnmouth ground staff with Northumberland requiring a mere 84 from 21 overs. The home batsmen showed little intent against some accurate bowling and keen fielding. Will Hardie’s direct hit run out of the dangerous Doneathy epitomised the Scots fervour & Northumberland were left stranded at 79 for 6. Bowling highlights were many Olly Brown bowled 4 overs for 10, Angus Hinton 4 overs for 12 and Andrew Appleton 2 for 14 in 5 overs.