Warriors get revenge on Knights
Western Warriors U15s beat Eastern Knights U15s [Scorecard]
A warm, and sunny, Titwood (Clydesdale CC) was the venue for the latest fixture in the 2013 Cricket Scotland Inter-Regional Championships.
Upon winning the toss Warriors skipper Shujaa Khan (Ayr CC) was keen to give his batters the opportunity to erase the painful memories of the game 2 weeks previously. But, being 68/7 after 25 overs was not quite what had been planned. At this point 2 weeks ago, the Warriors innings collapsed. However, this time the lower order really stuck to their task. 23 from Humza Sabri (Drumpellier CC), 27 from Gregor Anderson (Clydesdale CC), 10 from U13 Zain Ashraf (Clydesdale CC) and 10* from Fraser Strachan (Dumfries CC) led the Warriors to 158 all out. The pick of the Eastern Knights bowling attack were opener Finlay McCreath (Grange CC) with 10-0-33-3, including 2 back-to-back perfect yorkers, and skipper James Dickinson (Grange CC) who ripped out the heart of the batting order with 10-1-43-5 with his legspin. While the Warriors batters found the going difficult, they were also aided by 56 extras, including 46 wides!
In reply, despite losing 2 early wickets, the Knights look set for a comfortable victory. Tom Dean (Grange CC) and McCreath put on 36 for the 4th wicket - a partnership highlighted by excellent running between the wickets. However, Anderson made the important breakthrough - having McCreath very smartly caught at the wicket, by Ashraf, to leave the Knights 83/4. Then, with the score having progressed to 99/4, Adil Ghaffar (Clydesdale CC) picked up the crucial wicket of Dean - for a very well crafted 34. 3 balls later, Anderson struck for the 3rd time - and the Knights were suddenly 100/6. With runs becoming increasingly difficult to find, Sabri returned to the attack to pick up 2 wickets, there was one for skipper Khan and mix up led to the final wicket falling to a run out. Knights 130 all out, Sabri 8.1-1-19-2 and man-of-the-match Anderson 10-1-30-3.
Overall, it was a game which both sides will feel they could have won. The Knights will look back on the 56 extras and on doing the hard work with the bat to reach 99/4. Despite their win, the Warriors are still looking to find the right balance to their top and middle order.