U15s beaten by Durham

24 Jun

Scotland Under 15 v Durham at Goldenacre on Sunday 23rd June 2013

Scotland under 15s lost their first outing of the season on Sunday with a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Durham County in the ECB U15 Championship in a raid reduced 35 over match.

Inserted on a rain affected and uncovered alternative wicket, the Scottish batting line-up could not cope with their opponents’ accurate and lively attack – Henderson the pick of the bowlers for the visitors claiming 3/14  -  which helped  reduce the Scots to 17 for 6 when the rain mercifully intervened after 12 overs.

Unfortunately for the hosts the weather relented and play eventually resumed following a three hour delay. The Scots had regrouped and a mini-revival ensued, only for the partnership to be cruelly broken when wicket-keeper Tom Dryden slipped on the difficult surface attempting a second run. Opener Niall Critchley was the eighth man out for 15, as eventually the Scotland innings subsided to 51 all out.

Durham had little difficulty in chasing the target although the Scots made them work hard for the runs bowling with purpose and fielding enthusiastically. Two well taken catches was at least some consolation for the defeated Scots, but failed to halt their visitors pursuit of the score, as Durham completed an 8 wicket win in the 14th over.

The young Scots next fixture is away against Northumberland on July 4.

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