Gary Heatly rounds-up the latest pathways action…
Last Wednesday, June 23, saw two pathways matches being played.
At Lochlands in Arbroath the women’s Performance Academy took on some other talented female players in the shape of the Scottish Universities while at Alnmouth & Lesbury CC the Scotland under-19 men got their summer underway with an away game against a Northumberland Development XI.
In the first game mentioned, the Scottish Universities put the Performance Academy into bat in the 40-overs-a-side clash.
Opener Catherine Holland (Stewart’s Melville CC) made 23, but in general the Academy batters struggled in the face of some fine bowling.
Number nine Orla Montgomerie (Dumfries CC) battled hard for 29, however the students’ attack never let up and the Academy posted 128 all out.
Scotland all-rounder Megan McColl, who studies at Edinburgh Napier University and was playing on her home club ground, was the best bowler with 5-32 while Abtaha Maqsood, her international team mate and Glasgow University student, took three scalps.
In reply, Molly Paton took two wickets and her Stew Mel team mate Katherine Fraser one to leave the Universities on 42-3, but 42 not out from McColl and 35 from Maqsood saw the students home by six wickets after a useful outing for all involved.
Meanwhile, the ICC under-19 Cricket World Cup 2022 Pathway event has been moved to Spain from Scotland due to travel restrictions and will now be in late September.
That gives Cedric English and Gordon Drummond, the Scotland under-19 coaches, a few months to work with their squad – and it is clear there is some great talent coming through in that age group.
Batting first against Northumberland last week in a 50-overs-a-side contest, Sam Elstone and Gabriel Gallman-Findlay, who both reside down south, put on 159 for the first wicket as Scotland batted first.
They made 89 and 46 respectively while number four Max Layton weighed in with 41 from 40 balls and Gen!us Grange CC duo Jack Jarvis and Charlie Peet made 33 and 32 to take the team up past 300.
While 303 looks a very strong total on paper, the team were annoyed to be all out with 5.1 overs remaining in the innings and know they could have made it to 330 or more if they had used every allocated ball.
Moshin Muktar and Sam Dinning made 38 and 35 each opening the batting for the home side in reply, but they both fell to Jarvis.
Oliver Davidson then weighted in with three wickets and Grange spinner Jamie Cairns three too as the Scots restricted the opponents to 240 all out to win by 63-runs.
“This was a good game for the boys to play in and there was some good stuff on show with bat and ball and other areas to tidy up on,” coach English said.
“We are very excited about the players who are part of the under-19s wider programme at the minute and look forward to getting the guys together again as the summer goes on.”The Scottish Universities team are pictured at Arbroath