The Caledonian Highlanders under-14s men’s team got their Regional Series campaign off to a solid start by defeating the Western Warriors at Meikleriggs on Sunday.
In the second regional clash of the summer played at that age grade level, the Warriors, who had defeated the Eastern Knights in week one, batted first at Ferguslie’s ground in Paisley.
Clydesdale’s Bahadar Esakhiel picked up where he had left off seven days before, hitting a well constructed 44 opening the batting.
Uzair Ahmad, a local Ferguslie player, also batted well for 25, but a number of the other Warriors batsmen struggled in the face of tight Highlander bowling.
Indeed, extras was the second highest scorer of the innings as the Warriors posted 152 all out from their 40 overs.
Falkland’s Logan Briggs led the bowling charge for the Highlanders, taking three wickets for the loss of just 19 runs in eight overs.
He was well supported by the seven other bowlers used as the visitors showed the variety that their attack has.
The Warriors knew they had to put pressure on the Highlanders batsmen early on and although Ferguslie’s Qasim Khan did not take any wickets he only conceded 20 runs from six overs opening the bowling.
The pressure he created allowed Clydesdale’s Nikhil Koteeswaran to come on first change and take 4-35 to really make it a close contest.
Credit must then go to Meigle’s Joshua Edington and Briggs who came in at seven and eight in the batting order and wen on to win the match for the visitors.
They made 46 and 27 not out respectively – and were helped by 54 extras – as they won by four wickets.
Warriors under-14 head coach Tim Hart will rue the number of extras his charges conceded, but will have been pleased with the fighting spirit they showed.
Highlanders under-14 head coach Daniel Sutton said: “The boys played very well and it is always pleasing to get the season at a regional level up and running with a win.
“As our area covers a lot of miles the boys don’t get a lot of time together, but we have different training bases around the region and that is creating a lot of competition for places going forward.
“They are an exciting group of young cricketers and what the partnership between Joshua and Logan shows is there is a good team spirit and calmness under pressure amongst them which is good to see.”