Royal London ECB under 15 County Cup
Scotland v Northumberland at Myreside on Thursday 6th July 2017
On a damp, dreich muggy day Scotland were inserted at Myreside and found batting conditions understandably difficult. With ball swinging and seaming the lateral movement meant batters had to be very watchful to survive. It could be argued that plenty of the home batters got in but didn’t go on but in reality, it was a wicket on which you are never really in. Useful contributions came from captain Angus Guy (20), Tom Bradburn (21) and Jasper Davidson (24) while David Hood nursed the tail with 25 not out. Despite losing wickets regularly some caution allowed the home side to scratch to 158 in 48 overs when a farcical run out ended proceedings.
The pick of the Northumberland bowling which had been consistently accurate was Harry Johnson, the left arm orthodox spinner with 4 for 18 off his 10 over spell.
Recognising the conditions, the visitors commenced their reply in cautious vane progressing to 44 in 100 balls without loss. Frustratingly for the Scots l the early medium fast attack drew lateral movement but could not find an edge. The breakthrough came on the introduction of spin in the form of Left armer Charlie Peet who immediately bowled Fletcher for 16. This led to a flurry of wickets for the aforementioned Charlie and his brother Freddie to have the visitors tottering at 48 for 4.
Robinson and Speirs then dug in for an obdurate 45 run partnership which was broken on the re-introduction by captain Guy of Tom Bradburn whose pace proved too much for the lower middle order. The inning folded quickly to 108 all out with Bradburn picking up 3 for 17. Freddie recorded 2 for 21, Charlie 2 for 9 & fellow left armer Olly Davidson 2 for 17.
On a difficult day Northumberland battled hard with Speirs top scoring with 29.
Scotland v Lincolnshire at Myreside on Friday 7th July 2017
Angus Guy, Scotland captain is a talented batsman who work very hard at his game. He needs, however, to practice hard on his coin toss. The home side were inserted for the second day in a row. The boys fared well compiling a daunting 234 for 9. Angus scored 51 from 55 balls, Tom Bradburn 55 from 69 balls while wicketkeeper Tom Mackintosh contributed 28. The tail was well marshalled by Sohaib Shah (33 not out) who sherd a productive partnership for the 8th wicket of 49 runs with Charlie Peet.
The innings was marked by some excellent hard running and good rotation of the strike. Lincolnshire were well served by left arm spinner Smith who snared the valuable wickets of \Bradburn & Mackintosh for 37 runs and Knapton whose miserly medium pacers made the home side work hard for their runs conceding only 21 runs from 8 overs.
The reply from the visitors was a disappointing affair which lacked intent and they subsided to 122 for 9 in their 50 overs. The Scots bowlers runs per over ratios were consequently tidy. Charlie Peet’s 10 overs cost 9, brother Freddie went for 12 off 8, and Rafay Khan’s 6 overs cost 8 runs. Most wickets were taken by Tom Bradburn 3 for 30 & Lewis Robinson 2 for 10.
Scotland caught well with Skipper Guy taking two good slip catches, one regulation & one spectacular.