U19s Defeat Durham Academy at Uddingston
The Scotland Under 19s overcame Durham Academy over three matches this week, to clinch the series 2-1, at Bothwell Policies, Uddingston.
In the first match on Tuesday (12 May) the inclement weather meant a delayed start, after Durham had won the toss and elected to bat first.
Boyle was the main contributor with 67 runs, and was well supported by his fellow opener Anderson (30) to put on 68 for the first wicket. Tindale (47) added quick runs down the order, before more rain came to halt proceedings in the 48th over, to close the innings on 203/7.
Tom Hilton (2/18) and Ryan Brown (2/31) were the pick of the Scotland bowlers who had to contend with some difficult conditions.
The Scots, in reply, had a horror start, and were reduced to 72/6 with only Owais Shah (28) and Ryan Brown (13) reached double figures, as Braithwaite took only 2.3 overs to take 4 wickets for only 11 runs to clear up the tale, and bowl out the Scots for 95 after 24.3 overs.
The second game on Thursday saw Scotland turn things around with a convincing win by 55 runs, after winning the toss and electing to bat first.
Owais Shah again showed his batting credentials with an innings worth 63 before being run out. Jack Waller (30) and Findlay McCreath (44) pushed the total past 200, as the Scots batted out their innings for 225/9.
Cameron Sloman got proceedings underway with the new ball and returned with 1/35 from his 9 overs, but it was Mitchell Rao who took the wind out of the Durham innings with his off-spin, to remove the middle order, to return with 4/23 from his 10 overs.
Some accurate bowling ensured the visitors couldn’t get close to the Scotland score, as they eventually fell 55 runs short of the total.
So on to the decider as the two teams met for the final time on Thursday (14th May), as Durham Academy won the toss and, unsurprisingly, opted to bat first on another good wicket.
The Durham openers again had a good first-wicket stand worth 78 until Sloman and Waller combined twice to induce the run-outs of Anderson (57) and Patterson (27).
Braithwaite was unlucky not to reach his half-century when he was caught by Brown off Cameron’s bowling for 44. A watchful innings of 39 runs from 69 balls by McGrath took Durham to 224/7 from their 50 overs.
The Scotland response didn’t get off to the best of starts when Mo Azeem and Ben Wilkinson were both back in the pavilion with 38 runs on the board.
Neil Flack got things back on track with 67 and was well supported by Jack Waller (41), until the former fell with Scotland still requiring 98 runs.
Whitelock removed Carnegie and Whait, both LBW, for ducks to put Durham in the driving seat. It was down to Ryan Brown (37*) and Mitchell Rao (35*) that Scotland would produce the most dramatic of wins, as the pair put on 62 runs. The winning runs came from the last ball of the match and they scrambled through to clinch a dramatic 2 wicket win.
After the match, coach Gordon Drummond said, “It was pleasing to see the guys show great character getting across the line in a challenging situation. Both Mitchell and Ryan show maturity in their decision making and execution under the game pressure.
This series against Durham, as always, has been highly competitive, and although it’s been pleasing to come out on top in terms of victories it has given the squad a great insight on our key development areas in the run up to the U19 World Cup Qualifiers in July.”