Caledonian Highlanders under-14 head coach Daniel Sutton praised his team’s battling qualities and willingness to learn after they won the boy’s regional competition on Sunday after a victory over the Western Warriors.
The three-way event has been close throughout the last few weeks with all of the teams – including the Eastern Knights who were inactive on the final weekend – playing some cracking cricket at times.
And at Largo during the final game there was some high-quality batting on show in particular.
Batting first, Clydesdale duo Owen Gould and Bahadar Esakhiel got the Warriors off to a flyer.
They put on 120 for the first wicket in the 40-overs-a-side contest before Esakhiel was run out for 47.
Gould continued on his way to make 73 before Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale) made 42 not out towards the end to help his side post a healthy looking 225-3.
The Highlanders lost a wicket early in their reply, but Gordonians’ duo Adi Hegde and Pranav Saravanan settled things down.
They went on to score 38 and 69 respectively before a composed 47 not out from Meigle’s Joshua Edington helped them to get home by six wickets, helped along by 55 extras from the Warriors.
All of which meant that the Highlanders won the overall title on net run rate and Sutton said: “The guys were excellent on Sunday, it was our best performance of the season so far.
“The bowling was a lot tighter, as was the fielding and I thought the players managed the game well.
“Pranav came in very early in our reply after a run out and batted sensibly, but aggressively.
“Josh then came in and hit the ball hard as he does and there were a lot of happy players and parents after the match.
“Due to the geographical area the Highlanders covers everyone puts in a lot of effort to get to winter nets and then to matches and this just makes it all worthwhile.
“It has also been great to see young guys from different clubs coming together and really gelling as a unit and getting to know each other as team mates and friends.”
On Monday, the Men’s Performance Academy took on Northumberland Development at Alnmouth in a 50-overs-a-side clash.
Batting first, Mazars Grange’s Harris Aslam made 61 opening for the Performance Academy.
Jasper Davidson made 37 with Clydesdale’s Daniel Cairns (26), Grange’s Jamie Cairns (25) and Poloc’s Kess Sajjad (17 not out) Making useful contributions as the team posted 213 all out batting first.
In the Northumberland reply, Ferguslie’s Adil Ghaffar led the way with the ball.
He took 4-49 opening the bowling with both Cairns, Sajjad and ion8 Forfarshire’s Jack Hogarth also chipping in with wickets.
In the end the hosts were 188 all out to give the Performance Academy a 25 run win.
This week’s pathways cricket:
Sunday, June 16: Boy’s regional under-16 competition, Eastern Knights Caledonian Highlanders v Western Warriors at Edinburgh Academy (50 overs, 11am start)