U19 Update from Sri Lanka
Tour Match 4 (30/03/2013) Scotland U19 - 242 all out, McLean 69, Main 40, Baum 33, beat Sri Lanka Board Emerging Players XL - 209 all out Madusanka 57, Main 5 for 38 by 33 runs
Tour Match 3 – (28/3/2013) Presidents College XI 184 all out, Kalansuriya 45, Chaudhry 3 for 17, Alexander 2 for 34, beat Scotland U19s 138 all out, Muir 34, Main 28no
The Scotland U19 squad have been in action during their recent tour to Sri Lanka ahead of the ICC World Cup Global Qualifiers, to be held in Holland over the summer.
Thursday saw the youngsters take on the Presidents College XI in Colombo. After a disciplined first innings display in the field, the Scots shot out their opponents for 184, with local batsman Kalansuriya holding the innings together with a patient 45.
Haris Chaudhry claimed 3 wickets whilst only conceding 17 runs in his spell, while Niall Alexander returned with figures of 2/34.
As expected, the Scots have had gained plenty of experience against spin during their tour. Again they were tested with only Zander Muir (34) and Gavin Main (28no) managing to make meaningful contributions, as the Scots were eventually all out for 138 - 46 runs short of the hosts total.
Although the team have had a busy schedule of cricket matches while on tour, the squad took the opportunity to coach some local kids with a visit to Seenigama in the south of the country during a rest day.
The coaching took place at the Marylebone Cricket Club sponsored Foundation of Goodness where the players saw the projects which have been undertaken following the tsunami and also ran a session with local youngsters.
The following day saw the squad back out in the heat as they took on a Sri Lankan Board Emerging Players XI.
The first innings of the match saw the Scots bat first, as Ross McLean continued to find the Sri Lankan conditions to his liking, stroking a composed 69, to give the U19s a solid foundation to build their innings on.
Gavin Main came up 10 runs short of a deserved half century and Alex Baum added 33 as the U19s finished on 242, despite 3/37 from Board XI bowler Pubulewatta.
The fine disciplined display with the bat was replicated with the ball by the tourists. The tough conditions for seam bowling didn’t stop Gavin Main turning in a fantastic display put the Sri Lankans on the back foot, claiming 5 wickets for 38 runs.
The U19s kept to their plans and eventually bowled out the hosts for 209, to give Scotland their second tour win against quality opposition.
Scotland will now have two more matches on Monday and Wednesday to conclude the tour.