Yorkshire double up over Development XI
Scotland’s emerging young players travelled to Weetwood Hall in Leeds last week for a two day and one day fixture against a strong Yorkshire Development XI, which featured four or five youngsters with first class experience.
The two day match was a keenly contested affair with Yorkshire running out winners by four wickets with 11 balls to spare.
The Scots batted first on a challenging surface, with Ollie Hairs stroking 35, and a late flourish from Warwickshire Academy debutant Michael Waugh, who contributed 46 not out, rallied the team to 190-9 dec from their first innings.
Scotland then bowled well to restrict Yorkshire to 135 in their first innings reply with Cameron Farrell taking 4-26 - giving the Development XI a first innings lead of 45.
A fine innings of 96 by opener George Munsey was the highlight of the Scotland second innings, allowing them to declare on 183-5. This left the Yorkshire Academy a target of 229 to win in 52 overs.
At tea the hosts were 80-3 and appeared to give up chasing the win as the spin partnership of Hamza Tahir and Waugh tied down both ends.
However, as the Scots rung the bowling changes in an attempt to get wickets, Yorkshire seized the initiative with some positive stroke play, and eventually prevailed in a nail biting finish.
The 50 over contest on day 3 was a clearer cut affair. With an ebullient young Yorkshire batting line up feasting on some Scottish ill-discipline with the ball and in the field, which saw the home side post 290.
The Scots reply never really got going, and when Hairs was the third batsmen dismissed with the score on 28 the visitors were up against it.
A fighting 50 from Michael English kept the Scots up with the required rate, but wickets continued to fall at steady intervals. Scotland were eventually dismissed for 187 in the 35th over, giving the hosts a comprehensive victory.
Director of Cricket Andy Tennant said “Clearly we are disappointed to lose both games, and particularly the first one from such a strong position. But as always with these games, we have learned a good number of things.
It was great to get a look at two new young players in Leeds/Bradford MCCU wicket-keeper Charlie MacLeod, and Warwickshire off spinner Michael Waugh - who both performed well and integrated into the group very quickly."