Umeed cracks 71 as Scotland defeat Guernsey
Guernsey U19 117 (47.3 overs), J Wilkes-Green 34, J Martin 37, C Gosain 4/16, M Watt 2/2 lost to Scotland U19 119-3 (28.1 overs) A Umeed 71* by 7 wickets
Scotland U19s defeated Guernsey earlier today to set up a winner takes all clash against Ireland on Thursday.
The Scots kept their 100% record in the tournament in-tact as spinners Mark Watt and Chayank Gosain put Scotland in control early on.
Guernsey won the toss and elected to bat first as opener Lucas Barker made 24 from 58 deliveries before he became Watt’s first victim of the day, well caught by Zander Muir.
Gosain had already taken three wickets before Barker’s wicket had fallen, and together with captain Ross McLean they claimed 5 Guernsey wickets for only 11 runs.
James Martin (37) and James Wilkes-Green (34) helped Guernsey reach three figures but a quick blast by Nick Farrar returned 2 wickets as they were dismissed for 117.
Gosain finished with 10-4-16-4 while Mark Watt completed the innings with extraordinary figures of 10-8-2-2.
Big hitting Alex Baum and Andrew Umeed got the innings off to a solid start putting on 30 for the first wicket as Baum departed for 22.
McLean departed and was followed by Michael English back to the pavilion but the result was never in doubt as Andrew Umeed scored a run-a-ball 71 which included 7x4s and 2x6s to get Scotland over the line in the 29th over.
Scotland U19 captan Ross Mclean said at the end of the game, “The spinners did the damage today. The pitch was a little slow and was spinning, and Watty [Mark Watt] returned with pretty unbelievable figures and Cheeky [Chayank Gossain] bowled really well too.
We were clinical with the bat and Andy Umeed batted really well to top off a good all round performance.
We have grown during the tournament as the bowlers have started to settle into their rhythm and we are pretty effective with pace off the ball.”
When asked about the exciting prospect of facing Ireland in their final match McLean added, “We know that we need to stick to our plans, we’ve beaten Ireland in our last four U19 matches and we are really keen to make it 5 and finish the tournament strongly. “