Wallace runs riot as Highlanders thump Reivers

05 May

Highlanders 371/7 (50 overs) Wallace 140, Chalmers 81, Gardiner 57, Beveridge 2/45, beat Reivers 230 (38.2 overs) Con de Lange 76, MacLeod 44*, Evans 4/37, Mommsen 2/4 by 141 runsCraig Wallace struck 140 runs

The first Pro50 match of the season between the Highlanders and the Reivers took place at Broughty Ferry in Forfarshire on Monday (4 May).

After being asked to bat first by the Reivers captain, Con de Lange, openers Hamish Gardiner and Craig Wallace put on a stand worth 125, before Gardiner was dismissed after reaching his half century.

Craig Wallace, who has already had a terrific start to the Scottish domestic season, got going with some deft shots as he and Ewan Chalmers pilled the pressure on the Reivers bowlers.

Wallace kept on moving through the gears as he struck a well-deserved century on his home ground. He went on to smash another forty runs until Safyaan Sharif ended a fantastic innings, as Wallace was bowled, looking to paddle the ball to fine-leg, after the Highlanders captain had hit 18 fours and a six.

Ewan Chalmers kept the momentum going, with a composed 81 from 83 deliveries, while Michael Leask (22), Preston Mommsen (19) and Marc Petrie (23) added late runs at the back-end of the innings, to set the Reivers a hefty chase of 371.

Things didn’t start well for the visiting side as Craig Young and Michael English both departed the scene early on.

Hamish Gardiner on his way to 57

Con de Lange top-scored for the Reivers cause, scoring 76 from 74 deliveries, while wicket-keeper Charlie MacLeod was unfortunate not to reach his 50, after running out of partners six runs short.

Anwar Hafeez (34), Richie Berrington (25) and Scott McElnea (20) helped the Reivers to 230 all out in the 39th over, 141 runs short of their target.

Scotland seamer Alasdair Evans was the pick of the bowlers finishing with figures of 4/37, while Scott Cameron and Preston Mommsen both picked up two scalps.

Scotland coach Grant Bradburn said at the conclusion of the game, “It was a real pleasure to watch quality cricket played in good conditions, with Forfarshire providing a very good track which produced plenty of runs”.

“There were stand out performances from both sides, with clearly Craig Wallace being the highlight with a superb match defining 140 for the Highlanders. There was a number of other eye catching performances from current, previous and potential Scotland Internationals.

The Pro Series is a fantastic bridge from club to International cricket and it is excellent to see the quality of players putting their hands up for National recognition ahead of a busy schedule of Scotland International fixtures”.

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