U19s win third tour match in Sri Lanka
From Sam Scott (U19 Manager)
Nalanda College 121ao, Y Rangika 24, C Gosain 2 for 9, M Watt 2 for 13, R McLean 2 for 12 lost to Scotland 123 for 1 (14 overs), R McLean 49*, M English 29*, A Umeed 29 by 9 wickets
The Scotland U19 team played their third warm up match of their tour of Sri Lanka against Nalanda College on 7th February.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat. They set off tentatively at a sedentary pace and with wickets falling regularly never looked like setting a challenging target.
Scotland will have been pleased that all catches were taken in a sharp and energetic fielding performance, but need to be aware that many loose deliveries went unpunished. Again too many bowling extras were conceded (18).
The only batsman to take the fight to the visitors was Yomal Rangika, who, in a brief flurry, struck 24 form 28 balls, being particularly severe on any shorts balls which were pulled through mid-wicket.
For the Scots the spinners did the trick with "Cheeky" Gosain (1 for 13 in 7 overs) Ryan Brown (1 for 14 in 6) Mark Watt (2 for 13 in 7) and Ross McLean (2 for 12 in 3) all proving to be parsimonious, as the hosts innings closed on 121 all out.
That target proved, as expected, to be inadequate and the Scots knocked it off in fourteen and a half overs.
Andrew Umeed was the only wicket to fall, well caught at slip when going particularly fluently (29 runs off 25 balls).
Ross Mclean recorded a steady 49 not out and Micheal English 29 not out to overhaul their opponents total in 69 minutes.
Our thanks go to our opponents who stayed on the field for a further two hours and bowled and fielded enthusiastically in soporific heat to allow our batsmen some time at the crease.
Particular mention must be made of Harin Rathnamudali who took a sublime diving catch on the mid-wicket boundary to dismiss Nick Farrar for an aggressive 46.
Scotland will now travel to Dubai to take on England and Afghanistan in their two official warm-up matches.