Gary Heatly rounds-up the latest pathways action…
Scotland under-15 boys bounced back from a loss against Cumbria last Tuesday to defeat the same opponents in dramatic fashion the following day.
In the first game played at Kendal CC, spinner Harry Armstrong (Stewart’s Melville CC) took an early wicket and Ferguslie CC’s Uzair Ahmad secured a run out to leave the hosts 26-2 batting first.
Armstrong was on top form and then took the next three wickets to put Cumbria on 68-5.
A second run out of the day and then a wicket for Aberdeenshire CC’s Manu Saraswat then put the hosts on 97-7.
At that stage Armstrong finished his spell with 4-31 while Adi Hegde (Gordonians CC) did not take a wicket, but finished with figures of 0-17 from 10 overs.
Some excellent batting by the Cumbrians lower down the order then pushed themselves up to 167 all out, a total well above their expectations when they were seven down.
The Scottish reply started well, Cludesdale’s Ben Willmott and captain Jamie Dunk (Old Northamptonians CC) taking the score over 50 before they both fell to leave the side 56-2.
Max Corbett-Byers of Dumfries CC battled hard for 36, but no one could stay with him long enough and when he went the visitors were 121-6.
In the end they were 153 all out as Cumbria won by 14-runs after a hard fought game.
Fast forward a day and the sides were at Netherfield CC in very hot conditions.
The home side batted first again and Hegde managed to take an early wicket thanks to a stumping from Grange CC wicketkeeper Calum Swanson.
Saraswat and Ahmad got in on the act as the hosts fell to 87-4.
With 10 overs of their 50 remaining they were 141-6 and in the end they were 206 all out, Swanson having a good day behind the stumps and playing his part in four dismissals and Saraswat taking 2-32.
After 15 overs of the reply, the Scots were going well with Dunk on 41 not out.
He fell soon after and by the 30over mark the team were 132-5 with Ahmad and Corbett-Byers building nicely on 25 and 22 respectively.
That soon became 137-7 and Ahmad and Hegde had to come together and put together a good eighth wicket partnership.
They did just that, coming together for 64vital runs before they fell for 48 and 38 respectively leaving Robbie Walsh of Ayr CC to hold his nerve and hit a two and a four to see his side home by one wicket.
The squad complete their summer programme with a two-day match against Durham this week.
William Hodgson and Calum Swanson from the under-15s squad are pictured