U17 complete 3-0 win over Netherlands

08 Aug

Scotland U17s completed a clean sweep yesterday in their three match ICC Europe Challenge series at Myreside, Edinburgh.

The first match saw Scotland complete a comprehensive win, by 7 wickets to set the tone for the following two matches after the Netherland had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Pieter de Graaf and Khan both reached the twenties for the Netherlands, before being dismissed by Scott Cameron and Ben Wilkinson.

Saqib Zulfiqar was the mainstay for the Netherlands, scoring 36, before the introduction of leg-spinner Harris Aslam caused havoc in the Dutch innings.

Aslam claimed figures of 5/29 during his spell, as the score went from 107/3 to 129 all out.

Ben Wilkinson struck a composed unbeaten 61, which included 7 fours, in the Scottish reply found an able partner in Cameron, to guide the host’s home to a comfortable win.

The second fixture (6 August) looked in some doubt as heavy rain fell around Edinburgh on the morning of the fixture, although the hard work of the groundsmen ensured the teams would contest a 29 over fixture.

The Dutch elected to go with the same tactic as the previous day, win the toss and bat first. Again it didn’t seem to go well for the visitors as Cameron picked up two early wickets, and Aslam and Sloman collected one a piece to leave the Netherlands on 48/5.

The wickets kept on tumbling with only four of the Netherlands players reaching double figures. Aslam was once again the pick of the bowlers taking 3/10.

The Scots made light work of the target, after several rain interruptions, and despite losing Ben Wilkinson early on, with Neil Flack (43*) and Azeem (41*) taking them home to a 9 wicket win by D/L.

The final match of the series was a T20 encounter at the same venue. Scotland won the toss and elected to bat first.

Wilkinson set the tone with a fantastic knock of 63 and was well supported by Jack Waller (23) and Scott Cameron (22) to ensure Scotland would set a competitive 147 from their twenty overs.

Cameron was again causing problems for the Dutch top order, dismissing the two openers for a combined score of 5.

Two of the three Zulfiquar brothers, Saqib and Sikander, then attempted to chase down the Scotland total as they put on a 120 run partnership. It was to prove in vain as Scotland’s consistent bowling and fielding ensured their visitors would finish 21 runs short.

 Scotland now travel to Ireland for a three match series next week.

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