Scotland U19s kicked off their U19s campaign in confident fashion at the FB fields in Jersey for their opener against Denmark on Monday. [Scorecard]
Captain James Dickinson called correctly and elected to bat first on a warm Jersey day. Calum Garden and Owais Shah opened the innings for the young Scots and gave them a good start before Shah was caught at first slip for 17.
Garden, who has been in recent good form at the top of the order, compiled another 42 runs with the Scots now taking the score past 100 before falling to Durrani.
Finlay McCreath was undoubtedly the star of the show with the bat as he played a composed innings with good support from Angus Hinton (21) and Rory Johnston (25) to score the Scots first half century of the tournament.
He soon accelerated towards the end of the innings as he finished unbeaten on 90, hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes, from 111 balls to post 249/7 from their 50 overs.
Ihtisham Malik had a dream start with the new ball opening-up, using the shorter ball to good effect, as he quickly bundled the Danes with 3 early wickets with the score only on 18 at the start of the seventh over.
Malik was again involved in the following two dismissals as he and spinner Haroon Tahir combined to hold on to two catches to put Denmark well on the back-foot.
Shangeev Thanikaihasan showed some resistance with 46 and until the 29th over were still up with the run-rate. However, Dickinson picked up a wicket and Tahir removed the danger-man Thanikaihasan as the challenge by the Danes subsided.
Two run outs in the 48th over ensured Scotland would complete their first win of the tournament with a margin of 72 runs.
Captain Dickinson will be happy with his bowlers and batters endeavours on the first day with McCreath’s innings and Malik’s contribution with the ball, finishing with figures of 3/12 from 8 overs.
The Scots now take on hosts Jersey on Tuesday (25 July) looking to continue their good start to the tournament.