Scots record two wins in under 15 County Cup

28 Jul

Cumbria v Scotland at Dalton CC on Wednesday 22nd July 2015

Scotland registered their first win in this season’s ECB competition with a comprehensive win over Cumbria. They elected to bat on a good surface and then amassed their highest total this season. The impressive total was, in the main, thanks to three substantial knocks. Firstly, skipper Callum Garden compiled an impressive 40 and was unlucky to be run out by a deflected shot hit back to the bowler. Jack Bradburn contributed 45 with an aggressive innings which included six fours and one massive six onto the local church roof but the pick of the batting was executed by Louis Ware who compiled a solid 69 with some straight timed strokes.

The winning total also owed much to the profligacy of the host’s fielding. They dropped numerous catches throughout the afternoon.

Cumbria’s reply never got going and they subsided to 86 all out. Fisher batted well for an aggressive 33 which included 6 fours but once he was well caught by Robert Edwards the Cumbrians never threatened. It was Edwards’s day in that his accurate flighted orthodox left armers realised four wickets for the loss of only 9 runs. Opening bowler Aidan brown also impressed with a miserly spell of six overs yielding 6 runs and nailing two wickets. The visitors were pleased that there is evidence that the intensive fielding practice they are undertaking is beginning to bear fruit. 

Scotland v Northumberland at Meikleriggs on Thursday 23rd July 2015

The hosts extracted some revenge for a narrow defeat at Alnmouth a fortnight ago. Typically in this summer the match was reduced to 30 overs per side due to rain and a very damp wicket and surrounds.

On winning the toss Scotland had no hesitation in inserting the opposition who batted solidly without threatening to run away in the slow conditions. Miserly spells from Aidan Brown, Aliyan Qureshi and Ben Plomer restricted their opponents and a mercurial 4 for 42 from Jack Bradburn meant Northumberland were all out for 104 runs. The visitors would have amassed a more daunting target had the dangerous Leadbitter not been run out for 33 following a mix up when he looked in ominously good form.

Scotland adjusted the batting order in response to the difficult conditions and the Bradburn brothers compiled an opening stand of 41 with Jack being particularly severe on any offerings on the leg side. Good straight bowling by Mussett caused a mini collapse to leave the hosts in trouble as 41 for 0 became 41 for 3.

Tom Bradburn (24) and the dependable Louis Ware steadied Scottish nerves with a sensible stand of 33 to take the home side to the brink of victory. When they were dismissed some poor shot selection by the lower middle order left the result in doubt. Finally the Scots sneaked over the line to record a second win in two days.

The fielding continues to improve but we need to be a wee bit more thoughtful in decision making while batting.            

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