Gary Heatly rounds-up the latest pathways action…
Captain Robbie Walsh (Ayr CC), head coach Tim Hart and all of the players involved in the Western Warriors boys under-15 50-over regional campaign were delighted to lift some silverware on Sunday.
They travelled to Doo’cot Park in Perth to face the Caledonian Highlanders and they came away with a 28-run victory to win the competition which included these two sides and the Eastern Knights.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Uzair Ahmad (Ferguslie CC with 18), Max Byers (Dumfries CC with 59) and Ollie Jones (Stirling County CC with 23) built a really good base for the Warriors.
Three quick wickets saw them fall from 110-1 to 119-4 and the Highlanders bowled very well in the middle overs. Ritvik Maheshwari (Glasgow Accies CC) made 28 which steadied things before Clydesdale CC’s Shlok Thaker’s 20 not out pushed the Warriors up to 187-7.
The Highlanders reply got off to a perfect start from a Warriors perspective with Thaker bowling a wicket maiden, including the removal of home skipper Adi Hegde (Gordonians CC) first ball thanks to a good diving catch from Ewan McCartney of Helensburgh CC.
Although the Highlanders added 50 for their second wicket, good bowling meant the required run rate continued to rise.
Thaker took another three wickets to finish with 4-21 while all of the other bowlers played their part and the Highlanders finished on 159 all out in the final over.
“Overall, it was a really pleasing win, both from the perspective of the performance with so many players making their own crucial contribution and for the ultimate achievement of winning the 50-over competition,” Hart said.
Meanwhile, at Poloc CC’s Shawholm ground on the same day the under-17 boys event continued with the Warriors hosting the Highlanders.
There was some good bowling from the Highlanders first up, Pranav Saravanan (Gordonians CC) particularly impressive with 4-20 as the home side posted 131 all out.
Nikhil Koteeswaran (Clydesdale CC) made 40 for the Warriors and Lukas Fischer-Keogh (Greenock CC) 25 to help hoist them up to that score on a wicket that offered something for the bowlers.
In the second half of the match it was an innings to remember for Owen Gould.
Normally we are used to seeing Gould star with the bat or the wicketkeeping gloves, but this time he was given a chance to impress with the ball by the head coach Mitchell Rao and the playing group.
And Gould certainly took his chance, the spinner ending up with figures of 8-15 as the Highlanders were all out.
“Owen bowled really well and showed great composure with the ball in hand while the fielders backed him up really well and there is a great energy within this playing group,” Rao said after the 50-run triumph for his charges.
The Western Warriors under-15s are pictured in the main photo, Owen Gould from the under-17s in the other