U15s beat Cumbria at Appleby CC

17 Jul

Scotland 216/6 (50 overs), Hinton 37, Culley 29, beat Cumbria 203 (40.1 overs)Lythgow 58 Gillin 7.1- 1- 46-5 by 13 runs


Scotland recorded a victory at the fourth time of asking at Appleby CC following a finish almost as tense as the Ashes encounter earlier in the day.

They snuck home by thirteen runs despite a sixty run partnership for the ninth wicket by their opponents, which was finally broken by Hughes Gillin who trapped E Hemmings LBW for 28 to achieve his fifth wicket from his seven over spell.

The Scots were strangely inserted in batting friendly conditions on a wicket where the ball was coming onto the bat, coupled with a small outfield which was lightning fast under a cloudless sky.

The opening pair of Angus Hilton (37) and Rory Johnston (25) got the innings off to a bright start, being particularly brutal with anything loose with numerous well struck boundaries.

Once the spinners came on things became difficult and the innings stuttered only to be revived in the latter stages by a good display of controlled hitting by Tom Dryden (28) and Hughes Gillin (27*) which resulted in Scotland posting a target of 216 for 9 from their fifty overs.

That target looked to be under threat when the Cumbria number four J Lythgow set about anything that was presented to him, hitting thirteen fours in an innings of 58.

Some control was regained when Ryan Cameron induced the bold Lythgow to play across the line to a straight one, to then allow the Scots to chip away steadily at the remaining batsmen. Gillin was ably supported by Niall Critchley who bowled a tight spell returning 2 for 27 off 7 overs which included two excellent sharp catches from skipper Shujaa Khan to give Scotland the win.

Coach Alan Paterson was pleased with the win but felt some work is needed by the players to develop their options against spin.

 AJ Scott

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