Scotland U15s defeated by Durham and Cumbria
Sam Scott reports on the two recent Scotland U15s fixtures against Durham and Cumbria in the U15 2016 Royal London Cup.
Scotland v Cumbria at New Cambusdoon on Tuesday 5th July 2016
In a high scoring match Scotland lost to Cumbria by 43 runs. The visitors elected to bat on a good looking surface and got off to a flyer amassing 109 for the first wicket at a run a ball. This was due to fluent batting form openers Atkinson & Marshall. While Atkinson confidently hit loose balls to the fence Marshall rotated the strike busily, aided, it must be said, by some sedentary fielding by the hosts in the circle.
On Marshall’s demise the Scots gained a belated foothold in the innings with a smart stumping by Guy off the bowling of Sinclair to leave Cumbria 112 for 2.
Atkinson (97) ploughed on, however, and with lusty contributions from Thompson (47) and Davidson (40) the Cumbrians closed on a daunting 287.
This proved too much for the home side despite a lively 42 from Uzzair Shah at the top of the order. His runs came from only 38 deliveries and was characterised by some well hit pulls form short deliveries.
The Scots became a little becalmed against Evans & left arm spinner Shaw which subsequently left the bottom half of the order with too much to do. Despite a lively 48 from Darryl Sinclair and bold cameos from Ben McLeod & Charlie Peet the host came up 43 runs in deficit.
The ongoing project is for the Scots is to rotate the strike better with more sound running technique and intent while cutting off their opponent’s ability to do the same with heightened energy and anticipation in the field.
Scotland v Durham at Myerside on Thursday 7th July 2016
Home Captain Angus Guy won the toss & in batter friendly conditions elected to take first strike. The Scots were soon in trouble against the Durham opening bowlers Oswell & Clfford who bowled very accurately and were rewarded when loose batting had the hosts 47 for 4 in 12 overs. Speculative wafts outside the off stump resulted in wicketkeeper Pears taking three catches.
Only Guy himself was offering determined resistance a and he knuckled down to compile a careful half century. He was joined by Robert Edwards who batted watchfully in a partnership of 34 with his skipper.
Their task was made tough by accurate bowling from off spinner Feroz who had both batsmen proceeding with care.
Having gained some control over the bowling attack he then contrived to be run out attempting an unlikely second run. Angus perished shortly after for 66 runs and the innings petered out for 150 in just over 40 overs.
The Scots boys displayed some resistance in Durham’s reply bowling accurately to make the run chase an attritional affair. With the ball turning Darryl Sinclair & Charlie Peet bowled 10 overs each for respectively 27 & 20 runs as the visitors ground their way to a deserved 9 wicket victory.
Khan ended 56 not out while Bushnell carried his bat for 52. The Scots can conclude that their tidy performance in bowling & fielding may have brought better rewards had they been able to set a more challenging target.