The Western Warriors have taken the Cricket Scotland Men’s Regional Pro Series title for the first time ever, beating the Eastern Knights at Clydesdale Cricket Club by 7 wickets.
The reigning champion Knights were favoured coming into the game having beaten their rivals earlier in the summer, but Andy Tennant’s took a comfortable win after bowling out the Knights for just 149 runs.
The Warriors head coach said: “I’m really dlelighed with the win. It’s first time we’ve won the 50 over completion, so I’m delighted for the lads, delighted for cricket in the west. I think it’s a big feather in our cap. In terms of the performance, today was just oustanding from start to finish. We had a real, solid plan. The bowlers executed that plan brilliantly. To bowl them out for under 150 given the conditions was incredible. Then with the bat Mo Awais showed what a class act he is to take the game away from them after a tricky start.”
The Warriors won the toss and put the Knights in to bat. They lost Hairs, Wood and Budge early leaving them on 24/3 before Jamie Crawley (29) and Michael Shean (33) got the innings under control. But after a short rain delay, they were bowled out for a modest score, Mohammad Ghaffar leading the Warriors bowling with 3 for 38.
In reply, the Warriors saw Matthew Cross go early for 0, but Mo Awais and Michael English put on 100 runs together before captain Richie Berrington finished the job with 31 not out.
After lifting the trophy Berrington said: I’m delighted to get the win. As a team throughout this series we’ve kept improving which is great to see and we’ve continued to show fight. I’m proud of all the boys. Everyone has put their hand up at different stages of the series. The really pleasing thing for me is that we keep getting better and I hope we can kick on from here.”
The full score card can be viewed here: