The first weekend of the Men’s Regional Pro Series got off to a scintillating start as the Eastern Knights and Western Warriors both took convincing victories in their respective fixtures, with both matches featuring a double century in the first innings.
At New Cambusdoon, Scotland star Matthew Cross posted outstanding figures of 203 not out off 156 balls to lead the Warriors to 377 for 4 off 50 overs against the Cricket Scotland Performance Academy side. After losing some early wickets, Cross formed a strong partnership with Riyaad Henry, who narrowly missed his century scoring 93.
At The Grange, it was Jamie Crawley with the standout batting performance scoring 206 off 144 balls as reigning champions the Eastern Knights put up figures of 448 for 9 against the Caledonian Highlanders.
The Highlanders struggled in reply, with Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer holding the innings together with 43 before he was dismissed by Ally Evans. Evans and Watt led the Knights bowling attack taking four wickets each as the visitors fell to 134 all out.
Meanwhile, the Cricket Scotland Performance Academy, playing in the Regional League for the first time battled their way to 199 all out against the Warriors.
Tom Simpson top scored for the youngsters with 68, but his side were bowled out after 38 overs as Scotland spinner Hamza Tahir took his fourth wicket of the day giving victory to the Warriors by 178 runs.
The full scorecard for Warriors v Performance Academy is available here: https://www.cricketscotlandlive.com/match/135042-6064122/scorecard/?period=1058253
The full scorecard for Knights v Highlanders is available here: https://www.cricketscotlandlive.com/match/135042-6064121/scorecard?period=1058722
Photo: Jamie Crawley scored 200 runs as his Eastern Knights side beat Caledonian Highlanders at The Grange. Credit: Ian Potts
The full fixture list for the series can be viewed HERE