U15s come up short against Derbyshire

15 Jun

Scotland v Derbyshire at Meikleriggs on Sunday 7th June 2015

The home sides opening match in its’ defence of the County Cup won in dramatic fashion at Meikleriggs last season got off to a decidedly damp start in both senses of the word.

Due to inclement weather preceding the match, the scheduled start time of eleven was put back to twelve thirty and the hosts were inserted on a rain affected surface. It was poor decision making rather than the conditions that stymied Scotland’s attempt to post a decent target.

They lost a wicket to a run out in the first over, one of two brilliant pieces of fielding by Mathew Kimmet executed during the innings. A 34 run partnership between Angus Guy and skipper Calum Garden steadied the ship but when both were caught within 4 balls of each other the Scots had a major repair job to do. Jack Bradburn flourished briefly but only Aidan Brown, who was last out scoring 24, managed over 20 and the Scots were all out in 30 overs for a paltry 103.

The Derbyshire openers progressed with few alarms to 39 in 10 overs when they lost Chapman Lily for 21 caught behind off Aliyan Quereshi. Both Aliyan & Aidan Brown bowled steadily to restrict their opponents but when Wright was dismissed with the total at 72 it looked like too little too late.

The introduction of left arm spinners Callum Clarkson &  Robert Edwards dried up the runs and it took the away side a further 16 overs to score the few runs needed for victory and the Scots can be commended for making the victors battle for their four points.

In truth this result was on the cards following such a weak batting performance and it needs to be emphasised that the visitors were way ahead in fielding skills displayed during the day. Two sharp run outs and some excellent catches contrasted sadly with the missed opportunities spurned by the hosts. 

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