Eastern Knights Secure Three Straight Wins in Tilney Pro50

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May 6, 2019 4 years
Eastern Knights Secure Three Straight Wins in Tilney Pro50

OLI Hairs hammered a second consecutive Pro50 century as Eastern Knights overpowered Western Warriors at Cambusdoon on Sunday to secure a third straight win.

Fresh from an exhilarating 116 against the Highlanders six days earlier, Hairs picked-up where he left off to reach three figures again.

Needing a modest 147 the left-handed opener completely dominated the Knights innings with a brilliant 111no from only 56 deliveries.

He shared a first wicket stand off 99 with Mike Carson who contributed just 23 and then farmed the strike to an even greater extent as the Edinburgh-based side raced to a nine-wicket victory, skipper Dylan Budge contributing just 4 to the second wicket partnership.

Hairs, surely in line for a Scotland recall if he maintains such prolific scoring, stroked fifteen fours as well as hoisting five mighty maximums over the ropes – the last of them sealing victory with more than 28 overs to spare.

Earlier, the Warriors got off to the worst possible start when, having been sent in to bat, they lost Matthew Cross to the bowling of Ali Evans in the first over.

Michael Jones and Mo Awais followed soon after, both to Elliot Ruthven, as the Knights took an early grip on proceedings.

A half-century stand between Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington offered hope to the home side but the introduction of Jamie Cairns to the attack soon had them on the back foot once more.

The spinner first took a return catch to remove Berrington for 29 and then had Riyaad Henry stumped by Peter Ross.

Cairns completed a pivotal spell that yielded 3-38 when he trapped MacLeod lbw for 36.

MacLeod’s contribution proved to be Warriors’ highest though Cairns’ haul was trumped when Ruthven returned to the attack and picked-up a further two scalps to finish with impressive figures of 4-23 from nine overs.

Warriors, bowled out in the 41stover, will get the chance to bounce back today (Monday) when they head to Broughty Ferry to take on the Highlanders with one side sure to record their first victory of the campaign.

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