Gary Heatly rounds-up the latest pathways action…
The Scotland under-15 girls and boys have been in action over the last week and it is clear to see there is a lot of great talent coming through the ranks.
The girls were down south at the Malvern Festival being led by head coach Kathryn Whyte and last Wednesday they got off to the perfect start.
Batting first in game one of four T20s, Norfolk made 123-9 with Niamh Robertson-Jack of Grange CC taking 4-18.
In reply, Nayma Shaikh from West of Scotland CC made 49 not out and
Niamh Muir of Dumfries CC 45 not out – while there were 32 extras – as the Scots reached 126-0 to win by 10 wickets.
The second game on that day saw Scotland taking on Kent and it was a much tighter affair.
Batting first, Stewart’s Melville CC’s Emma Walsingham made 45 not out while Shaikh was on form again with 36 not out as they posted 133-3.
The bowling and fielding was then very good from Scotland as they restricted Kent to 118-6 in reply, Walsingham the pick of the bowlers with 4-10 in a 15-run triumph.
On the Thursday, in game three, Scotland batted first and were restricted to 98 all out by Berkshire, Robertson-Jack making 20 and Muir 19.
However, like the previous afternoon the bowling and fielding was excellent and the Gala CC-reared Maisie Maceira, who also plays for Carlton CC, took the amazing figures of 5-1 from 1.5 overs.
All of which meant that Berkshire were bowled all out for 68, meaning Scotland won by 37-runs and kept their positive run going.
And they made it four out of four in Festival T20 games later that day when they got the better of Norfolk.
This time Scotland were bowling first and they restricted their opponents to 88-7, Forfarshire’s Kirsty McColl and Maceira taking two wickets apiece.
Maceira then got in on the act with the bat in the reply, hitting 23 and being supported by Robertson-Jack with 16 not out as the Scots got home by four wickets.
Last Friday before they returned home the squad then finished their trip south with a 40-overs-a-side match with Kent.
McColl and Imogen Campbell of Carlton CC both took two wickets as the English side were bowled out for 107 batting first.
Shaikh made 29 in reply, but the team were all out for 81 to lose.
Meanwhile, at Norton CC, the Scotland under-15 boys took on Durham in a two game on Thursday and Friday.
Durham batted first and the Scotland bowlers got off to a great start, Watsonians CC’s Farhan Khan and Ethan Ramsay (Hook & Newham CC) both taking wickets to leave their opponents 10-2.
Harry Armstrong of Stewart’s Melville CC took another wicket and at lunch on day one Durham were 146-3.
Ramsay got two more in the afternoon and then Max D’Ulisse of Carlton took the key wicket of Durham’s ‘set’ batter for 94.
There was then a run out and then three wickets for Gordonians CC’s Adi Hegde as Durham were 222 all out.
In Scotland’s reply, Ramsay was out early, but Hegde went on to make 48 and at the end of the day they were on 89-2 with Armstrong and skipper Jamie Dunk of Old Northamptonians at the crease.
The next morning Armstrong fell for 30 to leave them 100-3 and then Clydesdale CC’s Bahadar Esakhiel (18) and Dunk (39) went to make it 159-5.
The Scots finished 191 all out in their first innings, then started the Durham second inning as they had the first.
Ramsay and Khan took early wickets to leave Durham 0-2 and 31 runs ahead.
In the end they made it up to 110-6, a lead of 141 runs, and the match ended in a draw.
The Scotland under-15 girls and boys squads are pictured