U19s defeat Netherlands on opening day
Scotland U19 249 for eight, 50 overs (Finlay McCreath 58, Syed Shah 50; Asief Hoseinbanks 4-36) beat Netherlands U19 150 for nine, 50 overs (Sikander Zulfiqar 38, Asad Zulfiqar 35 not out; Haris Aslam 3-23) Scotland U19 won by 99 runs [Scorecard]
Over the next week the Scots, coached by former national skipper Gordon Drummond, will battle it out with the hosts, the Netherlands and Ireland for a spot at the ICC under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016.
And at FB Fields, skipper Neil Flack and his team put in a good all-round showing in their opener.
Batting first Syed Shah got Scotland off to a flyer with 50 opening up.
Ben Wilkinson fell first for 18 with the score on 74 in the 16th over before Shah fell 10 runs later.
Jack Waller’s run out made it 92-3 before captain Flack and Fin McCreath put together a 87-run partnership.
Flack fell for 40 and McCreath for 58, but it allowed the lower middle order to add some late runs and Scott Cameron weighed in with 26 and Mitchell Rao 11 not out as they posted a decent 249-8.
Mohammad Ghaffar and Cameron opened the bowling for Scotland and they both took a wicket to account for the openers and leave the Netherlands 36-2.
Spinner Ryan Brown then got in on the act before Mitchell Rao and Haris Aslam, also spinners, took three wickets apiece to end the Netherlands hopes of victory.
Cameron then took another wicket a the opposition ended up on 150-9.
For Drummond’s men Aslam was pick of the bowlers with 3-23 from his 10 overs while Rao chipped in with 2-13, Cameron took 2-19, Brown took 1-13 and Ghaffar took 1-31.
Drummond said: “I thought the guys put in a good performance for the first match.
“Batting-wise we started well before a couple of silly run outs cost us, but Neil Flack and Fin McCreath rebuilt the innings well and it meant that the batsmen coming in after them could attack come the latter overs.
“We felt that the score we got was a pretty good one, but we knew we could not give away any cheap runs in their reply.
“And credit to the opening bowlers they kept things tight and then we always felt the ball would spin latter on and it did and Haris Aslam and Mitchell Rao did a good job.”
Grange’s McCreath was named man of the match for his 58 and he said: “As a group we were determined to kick tings off with a win. Syed batted well early on and that allowed myself and Neil to come in and then build a good total for the team.
“I have just come back from a tour with Loretto School to Barbados and I think playing out there helped me too focus on my batting. To get a half century in the first match here is great.
“Bowling-wise, everyone chipped in and fielded well and we now have to try and build on this.”
Next up for the young Scots is the hosts Jersey at Grainville on Sunday.