Tom Mackintosh’s superb century led the way as the Eastern Knights under-16s defeated the Caledonian Highlanders in the Regional Series opener at Edinburgh Academy on Sunday.
The Highlanders recently won the under-14s tournament against the Knights and the Western Warriors, but it was the team from the east who got the older age-grade event underway with a positive performance.
The Knights won the toss and their skipper Jack Jarvis (Mazars Grange) decided to have a bat.
They lost a wicket early on with the score on 29, but Jamie Cairns (Mazars Grange) made 43 from 47 balls opening the batting to settle things down.
With Cairns, Charlie Peet and Jarvis back in the pavilion, Mackintosh came together with fellow Mazars Grange player Max Layton and put on 153 runs for the fifth wicket.
In the end Mackintosh fell for 114 off just 87 balls, which included 11 fours and three sixes, with Layton contributing a valuable 49.
All of which meant that the Knights posted a very competitive 275-8 from their 50 overs, Falkland’s Lyle Robertson – the Highlanders captain – leading the bowling attack with 2-33 from his 10 overs.
In their reply, the Highlanders gave it a good go, but kept losing wickets at crucial times which stemmed the flow of runs.
Arbroath’s Daniel Salmond made 38 opening the batting while Robertson made 47 from 82 balls and Jack Lambley (Stoneywood/Dyce) made 30 not out from number nine as they made 207-9 from their 50 overs.
James Gordon (Stewart’s Melville) bowled well up top for the Knights with 2-17 while spinner Peet ended up with 3-35.
The Knights won by 68 runs and their coach Joe Kinghorn-Gray said: “It was a good performance from the team to start off the Regional Series.
“Tom Mackintosh showed his quality with a brilliant hundred and the partnership that he and Max Layton put together was crucial and really helped to push us up over 250 in the face of some good Highlanders bowling.
“The bowlers did a good job too and we have quite a lot of variation in our attack so hopefully that will stand us in good stead going forward into the other games.”
This week’s pathways cricket:
Tuesday, June 18: Men’s Performance Academy v EMU at Ayr (50 overs, start 11am)
Wednesday, June 18: Men’s Performance Academy v EMU at Ayr (50 overs, start 11am)
Thursday, June 19: Men’s Performance Academy v EMU at Ayr (T20, start 1130am)