Scotland boys under-15s continued their busy period of action with two more outings last week.
Last Wednesday they hosted their counterparts from Northumberland and, after losing two early wickets, skipper Jamie Dunk and Bahadar Esakhiel (Clydesdale CC) steadied things for the home side in remarkable fashion.
By the 30th over they had progressed things along to 164-2 with Dunk on 73 and Esakhiel on 61 and, in the 36th over, they brought up the 200-run partnership for the third wicket.
Esakhiel’s innings deserved a century, but he fell for 93 from 111 balls have put on a stand of 206 with his team mate.
Dunk, who plays his club cricket down south for Old Northamptonians, then fell for 96 from 98 balls before the team’s innings ended on 307-8, Stewart’s Melville CC’s Harry Armstrong chipping in with a useful 29 and William Hodgson (Murrayfield DAFS CC) 24 not out.
It was always going to be a tough run chase for the visitors and while they gave it their all they ended on 218-4 from 50 overs to give Scotland a win by 89 runs. Armstrong led the way with two wickets for the victors.
The next day the young Scots were in more action, this time at the same Nunholm ground they bowled first against their Durham counterparts.
Gordonians CC’s Adi Hegde led the way with four wickets while four other bowlers got in on the wicket taking act and the fielding was clinical as Durham were bowled all out for 124.
In the reply, captain Dunk was again in the runs, hitting 56 not out and being supported by Uzair Ahmad of Ferguslie CC with 18 not out as they won by six wickets.
In girls regional cricket, last Tuesday the Western Warriors under-18s hosted their Caledonian Highlanders counterparts at Titwood in Glasgow.
The Highlanders batted first and the backbone of their innings was 62 from Nicola Grant (Huntly CC).
Number 10 batter Chloe McLeod (Huntly CC) hit an amazing 42 off 33 balls as the visiting team made 217 all out.
For the Warriors, West of Scotland CC’s Anne Sturgess took three wickets and her club team mate Sophie Trickett took two.
After her good bowling spell, Sturgess opened the batting for the Warriors and made 31 to set them on their way.
Her club team mate Nayma Shaikh then took up the gauntlet and made 44 not with Carlton CC’s Zaara Dancu being there at the end with her after Orla Montgomery (Dumfries and Galloway CC) had made 29 in the middle overs.
In the end they won by four wickets.
There was also a fascinating boys under-17 two-day game between the Eastern Knights and the Caledonian Highlanders last week at Goldenacre in Edinburgh.
Alex Hodge (Watsonians CC) got the hosts off to a good start with 38, but the real star of their innings was Ally Docherty (Grange CC).
He made 98 from 107 balls including 11 fours and five sixes and fell agonisingly close to a century.
Ewan Hutchinson (Carlton CC/Heriot’s CC) with 31 was another batter to make a good contribution as they made 338 all out in their first innings.
Six Highlanders bowlers took wickets and worked hard.
In reply, the Highlanders made 240 all out in their first innings, Hutchinson, Carlton CC’s Charlie Kentish and Livingston CC’s Jared Rubly all taking two wickets apiece for the Knights
The Knights then batted quickly for seven overs before declaring on 64-1 – Grange CC’s Haris Ali on 33 not out and Hodge on 27 not out – in their second innings to set-up a run chase.
Ken Yahathugoda (Aberdeenshire CC) started well for the Highlanders in their second innings and he made 25 before he was bowled.
The highest scorer was Yahathugoda’s club team mate Manu Saraswat with 31, but they ended up on 135 all out.
That meant the Knights won by 27 runs after two cracking days of action, Ru McIntyre of Carlton CC and Ali both taking three wickets apiece in that last innings.