U18 Inter-regional fixture - Warriors defeat Highalnders
Western Warriors visited Forthill for a potential 2 day match, but with a dreadful forecast for day 2 the coaches and umpires decided to play a 60 over match on day 1 with any potential lead being taken into day 2 if the forecast was wrong and play was possible (It wasn't wrong unfortunately!).
Western Warriors opted to bat on a good looking track and got off to a bright start with Neil Flack looking in good touch. Jamie King got the initial breakthrough for the highlanders with the wicket of stand in opener Alistair Preston-Jones.
This was followed next ball with the prized wicket of Michael English who was caught trying to pull. When Lyle Hill was bowled by Scott Cameron one run later the Warriors were 32 for 3 and looked to be in some trouble.
Dhruv Satpute then joined Flack and they took the score along to 75 when Flack was bowled by Scott Cameron. The whole feel of the game than changed as Abdul Sabri came to the crease and hit the ball to all parts of the ground, including 7x4s and 3x6s.
Drinks proved to be the turning point as Satpute was run out 2 balls later when some bad calling left Alan Neave to take off the bails. Neave then took the ball and took a wicket with his first ball which was the prize wicket of Sabri for 53 (off 30 balls) to leave the Warriors on 144 for 6. The run rate then calmed down, but Niall Alexander marshalled the tail really well making a solid 42 before being last man out with the score on 226 after 55 overs. Alan Neave finished with 4 for 36, Jamie King with 3 for 36 and Scott Cameron 2 for 31.
The Highlanders started well with Jamie Penman scoring a brisk 18, but when he departed he was followed swiftly by Ben Wilkinson which left them on 25 for 2 with Haris Chaudhry taking both wickets.
Alex Anderson and Scott Cameron then batted well to take the score on to 85 before Anderson was bowled by the very steady Hamza Tahir. Cameron was then run out for 43 when taking a very risky single and Ryan Brown followed him swiftly afterwards to leave the Highlanders on 113 for 5.
Captain Blair Carnegie and Alan Neave then steadied the ship before Neave was caught behind. Carnegie went on the offensive with some powerful blows, but with wickets falling steadily at the other end he tried too hard and was eventually bowled for 45. The final wickets fell cheaply to leave the Highlanders 165 all out from 50 overs. Hamza Tahir with 3 for 21 from 12 overs was the pick of the Warriors bowlers.