This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:36 am

Scotland opened their Division 2 Twenty20 hosting duties by taking on the United Arab Emirates at Bannockburn with our captain Art Hamilton winning the toss and having no hesitation sending the opposition in on the flat track and we were reasonably happy to have kept them to 4-163 off their 20 overs, fast bowler Ken Alexander the best of our bowlers with 2-25. Opener Roy Clouston and wicket keeper Hamish Fleming put on a 73 run opening stand putting us in a good position at the half way mark of the run chase but the UAE bowlers proved difficult to get away and despite losing just 3 wickets we only scored the winning runs with a single ball to spare for a hard fought 7 wicket victory. Solid innings from all of our top 4 but Clouston top scored with 49.

Sri Lanka who were sitting on top of the table were next up in game 2, they won the toss and sent us in on a hard track and had us in real trouble early at 4-34 with their pace bowlers destroying our top order, thankfully Beau Waters was able to play a solid innings of 47 before being run out then some late hitting by Pat Dewer and Aidan Johnstone got us to 6-137 but that was never going to be enough in the conditions. Sri Lanka chasing down the target with 23 balls to spare and 7 wickets in hand, spin bowling all rounder Aidan Johnstone with 1-14 our best in a defeat that took us from second on the table to fifth and now with the worst run rate in the group.

Top of the table Bangladesh were our opponent in game 3, they won the toss and chose to bat on the hard track and once again we were happy enough to keep them to 6-169 in their allotted time at the crease, Al Grant our best bowler with 2-25. After an explosive start Scotland found themselves at 2-28 in just 3 overs before an outstanding third wicket partnership of 122 off just 76 balls between Alex Coutts and Chris Dow knocked off the bulk of the runs and the total was reached with 6 wickets in hand and 3.2 overs to spare. Dow top scored with 68 from just 41 balls and smashed six 4’s and two 6’s with Coutts scoring 57 off 38 with five 4’s and a 6. This win took us back to third place on the table with two games to play.

For the third game in a row Scotland found themselves playing the team sitting at the top of the table, this time the challenge ahead of us was South Africa. Our captain Ian Gatward won the toss and sent the Proteas in on the flat wicket and opener Jack Darling got them off to a flyer scoring 58 off 36 with three 4’s and three 6’s. Scotland’s spinners brought us back into the game as the match progressed, all of them taking wickets with Kyle Aitchison our best taking 2-24 as South Africa scored 5-169. Once again opener Roy Clouston was the mainstay in the run chase top scoring with 73 off 54 balls with eight 4’s and a 6, all our top order got handy scores before Pat Dewer smashed 22 off 11 timing his run perfectly to snatch victory with just 2 balls to go. This was a significant win for our lads as it took us back to the top of the table and 2 points clear of both Sri Lanka and South Africa with just one game to go and in the process ticking off our first goal of the week by scoring enough points to keep us safe from relegation.

The equation in the final game of the tour was simple for Scotland, beat Ireland and we win the title and gain promotion back to division 1. Unfortunately we chose the worst possible time to underperform with our two biggest guns failing to fire, opener Alex Coutts with just 1 run off 3 balls before being bowled and Beau Waters caught behind for 3 off 8 balls. Most of our other batsmen made starts but never really went on with it leaving it up to fast bowler Ken Alexander to throw the bat at the death scoring 28* off 16 balls to be our top scorer in the lacklustre total of 7-133. Although the total was well below par our bowlers fought the game out making scoring difficult but a lack of wickets saw Ireland reach the target with 9 balls to spare for a 7 wicket win. This result put Ireland ahead of us in first place as we dropped to second and waited nervously for the other results to roll in but it was not to be with both Sri Lanka and South Africa winning their games it would drop us back to fourth.

We were in a great position to win this title but let it slip in the final game and that is disappointing. We were prepared to chase down any total that was set this week and our batsmen timed their run chases to perfection in our 3 wins and our bowlers were very disciplined all week on batsmen friendly pitches conceding only 8 extras in 5 games. We managed to get games into 5 fast bowlers to help build their experience and give us a more balanced attack for future tours and had some quality young players with bright futures in this squad too. While we weren’t able to add to our trophy cabinet this week we will remain in division 2 for next seasons T20 tour and we have managed to gather enough points this week to qualify for the end of season Twenty20 World Cup ranked 7th so that was another long term goal we can tick off. Three wins from 5 games was a solid tour but just one more victory would have seen us pinch the title but full credit to our opponents on this tour particularly Sri Lanka and Ireland who managed to beat us despite us having both teams covered in the ratings and congratulations to both Sri Lanka on their title and South Africa on their promotion back to division 1.

A summary of the squads performance for the division 2 Twenty20 tour.

Batsmen :

Roy Clouston : Our opening batsman was our top scorer in the tournament with 131 runs @ 43.67 from three games and set up two of our wins with scores of 49 and 73 against UAE and South Africa.

Alex Coutts : 93 runs from 4 innings at an average of 31, scored 57 in a 122 run partnership with Chris Dow in our victory over Bangladesh in his final tour for Scotland.

Murdo Dewer : Made 52 runs @ 26 from 3 innings and scored at 123.81 strike rate, mainly used in the middle order so time at the crease was limited.

Pat Dewer : 4 matches, 3 innings, 1 not out, 67 runs @ 33.5 and a strike rate of 134, top score of 32 off 24 against South Africa. Batted at 6 in 3 games and got us some quick runs when they were required. 1 catch.

Chris Dow : 115 runs from 4 innings @ 28.75 top score of 68 in a 122 run partnership with Alex Coutts in our win against Bangladesh and two other scores over 20.

Al Kelly : Just 33 runs @ 33 from 3 innings with 2 not outs, something of a lucky charm as he played in all 3 of our victories.

Beau Waters : Scored good runs in 3 of his 4 games. 114 runs @ 28.5 from 4 innings and a top score of 47 in our loss to Sri Lanka. 1 catch.

Keepers :

Hamish Fleming : Used as an opening batsman in all three games he played and scored at better than a run a ball getting us off to fast starts. 76 runs @ 25.33. 1 catch.

Ian Gatward : Unfortunately Gatt has done about as much for Scottish youth cricket on this tour as Barry Manilow has done for cage fighting, just 5 runs from 2 innings and 1 catch.

All Rounders :

Rod Angus : 2 games for 2 wickets with a best of 2-38 in the win against Bangladesh.

Art Hamilton : Our best bowler on paper but games are won out on the ground, took 2-43 in the Bangladesh win but failed to take a wicket in 2 other games, finishing the tournament with figures of 2-104 from 3 games, 1 innings of 11 off 9 against Ireland.

Aidan Johnstone : 2 wickets in 2 games, had a great game against Sri Lanka with 27* off 21 and took 1-14 plus a catch, unfortunately for us that game was a loss but not through any fault of his own.

Bowlers :

Kyle Aitchison : Just 2 wickets in 3 games from our best leg spinner with a best of 2-24 against South Africa but did play in all 3 of our wins.

Ken Alexander : Our most experienced pace bowler started well with 2-25 and 1-24 against UAE and Sri Lanka but failed to take a wicket against South Africa or Ireland but smashed 28* off 16 in his only appearance at the crease.

Doug Black : The young tear away quick took wickets in all 3 matches he played in with a best of 2-17 in the Ireland game, 4-75 for the tour and was our most economical bowler, looks to have a bright future.

Cathal Dundas : Just 1 wicket from 2 games from the teenage leg spinner with a best of 1-28 in the win against South Africa but also had 2 stumping chances missed in the same game. 1 catch.

Al Grant : Took wickets in all 3 games he played in with a best of 2-25 in the win against Bangladesh, 4-86 for the tournament, a solid effort.

Gerald Hewett : Just 1 wicket in 3 games, took 1-26 in the opening game against UAE. 1 catch.
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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:47 pm

Our oldest of enemies England made their way North of the border to Bannockburn on Wednesday for our one day friendly, it was a sunny day and a green top had been prepared, England had no hesitation in batting upon winning the toss. Scotland’s all pace attack went to work and wickets fell regularly and at one point we had them 6-119 shortly after the drinks break before a stubborn 59 run 7th wicket partnership temporarily stopped the slaughter but once that wicket fell the tail offered little resistance, fast bowler Ken Alexander with 4-43 and medium pacer John Johnstone with 3-31 the chief destroyers as we rolled the poms for 183 in 42 overs.

Roy Clouston and Tam Dalgleish, who was opening the batting for the first time at international level strode to the wicker with purpose and a steely resolve clearly evident in their eyes and put on a 123 run opening partnership before Clouston was dismissed for 68 while Dalgleish fell shortly after for 53. Our boys managed to chase down the target with 5.4 overs to spare and for the loss of only 3 wickets, a great result in bowler friendly conditions. We had two players on debut in this match, Norm Kennedy, a right arm medium pace bowler who took 1-28 off his 9 overs and Stephen Gray, a talented young keeper and skilful left hand batsman who finished the game off beautifully scoring 34* and not only hit the winning runs but was the only batsman in the match to score at better than a run a ball.

Saturday night saw Bermuda arrive at our doorstep ready for action in our final one day friendly before we head off to Sri Lanka for the one day division 2 tour. It was an unusually humid day at Bannockburn and we played on the same green pitch that had been prepared for England midweek, our captain Murdo Dewer won the toss and decided to insert the opposition in the bowler friendly conditions. Wickets fell at regular intervals and our 4 medium pacers proved difficult to get away as we kept the Bermudans to 8-202 in their 50 overs with midweek debutant Norm Kennedy the best of our bowlers with 3-34.

Rory Burns and Tam Dalgleish opened the batting for Scotland and for the second time this week our openers put on a hundred plus run opening stand with Burns the first man out for 59 with the total at 133. Waters and Gray fell in quick succession before our captain arrived at the crease to restore some calm putting on another 43 runs and take us within 15 runs of victory before another dramatic collapse saw us lose 4 wickets for 14 runs. Heartbreakingly for Dalgleish he tried to bring up his century and hit the winning runs in the one shot but was strangled trying to pull a short ball down the leg side and gloved the ball through to the keeper on 99. We eventually scored the winning runs with 5.1 overs to spare and 3 wickets in hand.

We now head off to Sri Lanka for the division 2 one day tour where we will be playing on 3 slow and 2 dry pitches, the makeup of our squad is as it was for the first one day tour of the season with 5 spinners, 3 mediums and just the lone quick with 7 batsmen and 2 keepers but we will be hoping for a bit more luck in the field this time around.

Player Profile :

Name : Ian Gatward.

Role : Wicketkeeper, Right Hand Middle Order Batsman and Team Motivator.

Nickname : The Governor.

Cricketing Hero : Brendon McCullum, New Zealand.

Hobbies : Reading and Watching Movies.

Favourite Food : Any Sort of Indian Chicken and Rice Dishes.

Favourite Drink : McEwan’s Lager.

Favourite Music : Punk Rock or Heavy Metal.

Person Most Admired : George McFly - The way he stood up to Biff Tannen after his inappropriate advances on Lorraine Baines was to be admired.

Favourite Book : Anything by J. J. R. Tolkien or Science Fiction Thrillers.

Favourite Holiday Location : I went to Australia on last years World Cup tour, Sydney was outstanding!

Worst teammate to room with : I’ve only every roomed with Hamish Fleming but both being keepers we talk about the craft all night and rarely get any sleep.
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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:40 am

Scotland began its shot at the Division 2 one day title in Sri Lanka with the opening game of the tournament against the Netherlands who won the toss and chose to bat on the slow pitch in windy conditions. The Dutch posted a competitive total too, being bowled out in the final over of their innings for 238 thanks to a fine innings of 84 off 90 balls by all rounder Val Sikkema. Our teenage leg spinner Cathal Dundas taking 4-32 along with vice captain Art Hamilton who snared 4-42, the best of our bowlers. Openers Roy Clouston and Nic Boyle got us off to a good start putting on an 86 run opening stand before both lads were dismissed within 3 balls of each other. This brought Beau Waters and keeper Hamish Fleming to the crease and the two then put on a century partnership for the third wicket before Fleming was out for 52. Waters was resolute and undefeated on 62* at the end of our innings seeing us home by six wickets with 11 balls to spare. 4 points in the bag to open the tour and sitting in third place.

Game 2 was against Pakistan on another slow pitch, captain Murdo Dewer won the toss and chose to bat and our boys didn’t let him down, openers Nic Boyle and keeper Ian Gatward putting on a 64 run opening partnership with both lads making solid starts scoring 36 and 40 respectively. Chris Dow promoted to 3 in this match made the most of his time at the top of the order scoring his first ton at international level and what a finely crafted innings it was too scoring 109* off 120 balls. Usually known as a big hitting middle order batsman Dow was more subdued in this innings but still hit 7 fours and 1 six and provided the backbone for us to score 5-270, a marvellous score in the conditions. Wickets fell regularly as our bowlers got to work strangling the Pakistanis who were unable to cope with the rapidly rising run rate and were bowled out for 188 in the 44th over. All our bowlers chipped in with wickets but fast bowler Ken Alexander was superb knocking over 3 of the top 4 Pakistan batsmen taking 3-43 in conditions that didn’t really suit him. The 82 run win put us on top of the table equal on points with Canada but with the better run rate.

Game 3 was a top of the table clash which saw us taking on Canada on a very dry track with them batting first upon winning the toss. We had the opposition 6-104 at one point shortly after drinks but all rounder Wade Case held their innings together nicely scoring 55 at number 8. Despite several chances going begging in the field it was a disciplined bowling performance by our lads keeping the Canadians to 9-199 with only 11 boundaries conceded during the innings, Art Hamilton the best of our bowlers with 3-31. Our openers Roy Clouston and Hamish Fleming put on 54 for the first wickets before we lost three quick ones leaving us at 3-70. Al Kelly and Pat Dewer also both made starts but didn’t go on with it leaving Nic Boyle batting at 6 and the tail to try to knock off the 60 runs required for victory. No one in our bottom five managed to get to double figures but yet they provided just enough support for Boyle (50*) to get us home by a single wicket with 2 overs to spare. This was a very gutsy win buy our lads and kept us on top of the table and now one game clear of the pack.

Game 4 was against the host nation Sri Lanka who won the toss and batted on the dry track. It was a poor effort in the field from our lads as our bowlers created a ton of chances but we shot ourselves in the foot dropping 5 catches and missing 2 stumpings. We eventually dismissed Sri Lanka for 217 with the likeable young left arm leggie Cathal Dundas taking 4-33 and Art Hamilton 3-31 but had all the chances been taken when they were presented we would have only been chasing 126. Opener Roy Clouston did his best to get us to the total with a fine innings of 76 but few others in the order offered much resistance which was disappointing given we had spin specialists at 3, 5 and 7 in the order to try to counter the Sri Lankan spin attack and we had earmarked this game as potentially the most important for us this week. Scotland all out for 161 in 41.4 overs and a 56 run loss. We managed to stay in second position despite the loss but it now makes the final game against India absolutely vital.

Scotland entered the final game of the tour against India with its destiny in its own hands, win and promotion was assured and maybe even the title itself, lose and we were still a chance but that would depend on other results. Captain Murdo Dewer won the toss and decided to bat first on our third slow pitch of the week and our boys put in a solid performance with Hamish Fleming, Beau Waters and Chris Dow all scoring half centuries and Al Kelly also scoring 45 off 50 to take us to 4-246, an excellent score in the conditions with a squad that was beginning to tire. Our opening bowlers then ripped the heart out of the Indian batting line up leaving them at 3-7 within the first 5 overs. Indian wicket keeper Rajesh Raina proved to be a thorn in our side scoring a well compiled 90 but wickets fell regularly at the other end as the run rate continued to trend in a northerly direction. India all out for 183 in 42.5 overs with medium pace duo Don Currie (4-34) and Norm Kennedy (3-46) our best bowlers. This left Scotland on top of table and eagerly awaiting news of the Sri Lanka v Netherlands match and the Dutch pulled off a miraculous run chase to go equal on points with us once again. This title was now going to be decided by net run rate and thanks to our 63 run victory and the Dutch only scoring the winning runs in their game with 3 balls to spare we edged them out by a mere .0113 in one of the tightest finishes to a tour in living memory.

I am absolutely thrilled to be able to put a first place trophy into the cabinet for Scottish Under 20 Cricket in my first season in charge as well as seeing them return to division 1 to begin next season, this along with qualification for the end of season T20 World Cup makes it quite a satisfying start for me as the new national manager. We finish this season ranked 7th in both forms of the game. Thanks to my assistant JimmytheToump who was a great sounding board for game day team selections and tactical decisions made during the last week and thanks to all the managers that provided the players for us during the season.

Unfortunately due to the new player ageing process we will lose 4 players this week, triumphant captain and right hand middle order batsman Murdo Dewer goes out on a high having just lifted the division 2 one day trophy aloft along with our talented left handed opener Roy Clouston. We will also see a hole in our medium pace stocks too with both swing bowler Don Currie and all rounder John Johnstone moving on to embark on their senior careers, best of luck to all 4 lads in the future.

A summary of the squads performance during the division 2 one day tour.

Batsmen :

Nic Boyle : 4 games for 4 wins in his first tour was a great start for the teenage batsman, opened the batting on 3 occasions for scores of 33, 36 and 19 getting us off to good starts and got us home with 50* at number 6 against Canada. 138 runs @ 46 along with 4 catches and a run out to be our best fielder.

Roy Clouston : The talented left handed opener continued to get us off to good starts with scores of 44, 21 and 76 in his final tour for Scotland. 141 runs @ 47 was a solid contribution.

Murdo Dewer : Captained well all week in his final tour for Scotland which resulted in us winning the title, batted at 6 in four games for scores of 16*, 6, 27 and 7*. 56 runs @ 28 did the job he had to with limited time at the crease.

Pat Dewer : Scores of 25, 38 and a duck in 3 games batting in the middle order. 63 runs @ 21.

Chris Dow : Our leading run scorer on tour with 192 runs @ 96 with scores of 18, 109*, 11 and 54* including his debut international century, also took 3 catches.

Al Kelly : Scores of 17, 13 and 45 finished the tour with 75 runs @ 25 and given the licence to swing the bat from ball 1 in each of his 3 innings resulting in 3 wins for his team.

Beau Waters : 124 runs @ 41 from 4 matches from our gun batsman at number 3 with scores of 62*, 1, 7 and 54 plus 3 catches in the field.

Keepers :

Hamish Fleming : 3 games for 3 wins and 139 runs @ 46. Opened the batting in two games scoring 34 and 53 and made 52 batting at 4 in the opening game. 2 catches and 2 stumpings. Was the preferred choice as keeper on this tour as he was in better form than Gatward.

Ian Gatward : Just the 47 runs from 2 innings for Gat on this tour with a high score of 40 when opening the batting against Pakistan. Second choice keeper on this tour but did what was required of him, good behind the stumps with 3 catches and 2 stumpings.

All Rounders :

Art Hamilton : Equal leading wicket taker on the tour taking 10 scalps @ 10.40 and took at least 3 wickets each game he played. Outstanding contribution to the teams victory by our vice captain.

Aidan Johnstone : Just 2 wickets in 3 games with a best of 1-33, only batted once for 5 runs and had 1 run out in the field but played in 3 wins.

John Johnstone : Had a good game against Pakistan scoring 23* off 19 taking 2-30 with the ball and a catch, not so good against Sri Lanka where he only scored 1 run, had 1 run out but got carted when he bowled.

Bowlers :

Kyle Aitchison : Took wickets in all 3 matches he played for a total of 4-106 for the tour with a best of 2-34, only batted once for 2 runs.

Ken Alexander : 3 games for 3 wickets for the lone quick on this tour, thankfully they all came in the one game where he ripped the heart out of the Pakistan top order. 1 innings of 17 off 25 in the loss to Sri Lanka and 2 catches. Toiled hard on pitches that didn’t suit pace.

Gil Angus : Was probably only ever going to get the 2 games from the word go but bowled well when required taking 2-42 and 0-35 and contributed to winning both those games. The equal youngest member of the touring squad, took a chance on him to get a tour under his belt and he played his role.

Don Currie : 6-122 @ 20.33 for the tour in 3 games with figures of 1-55, 1-33 and won the title for us in the final game against India with his man of the match performance taking 4-34. His final tour for Scotland.

Cathal Dundas : The teenage leg spinner continues to exceed expectations with 10 wickets @ 10.60 from his 3 games, had match figures of 4-32, 2-41 and 4-33, undefeated with 3* in his only innings and held 1 catch in the field. Along with Gil Angus the youngest player on tour and looks to have a huge future at international level.

Norm Kennedy : 3 games for 3 wins and at least 1 wicket in all his games and 5-108 @ 21.60 for the tour with a best of 3-46 in the final game that clinched the title. 1 catch, 1 run out and 1 innings of just 3 runs on his first international tour.
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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:17 am

Saturday saw Kenya arrive at Bannockburn for the first of a series of T20 practice matches as we fine tune our skills for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup at seasons end, our captain Art Hamilton won the toss and put the opposition in on the dry track. Kenya scored a respectable 6-154 from their 20 overs, our spinners taking 4 of the 6 wickets to fall with right arm finger spinner Craig King taking 2-37. Both our openers were dismissed within the first 3 overs which brought Chris Dow and Beau Waters together and they batted superbly putting on 102 off just 82 balls for the third wicket. Dow continued on in great form after being Scotland’s highest run scorer in last weeks division 2 one day title winning team with a man of the match performance scoring 86* off 62 balls with 2 fours and 4 sixes guiding his team home by 6 wickets with just 4 balls to spare.

My assistant manager JimmytheToump was handed control of the team for the next few games as I took a well earned break from the mental stress involved with running a title winning national squad for a week or so as I went in search of a soul revival in the hope of returning refreshed and rejuvenated for the end of season Twenty20 World Cup. Our captain Art Hamilton won the toss and sent the UAE in to bat on the hard deck and our opponent posted the imposing total of 7-197 thanks mainly to their captain and wicket keeper Yarden Shareef who scored 82 off 45 with 10 boundaries, Hamilton picked up the figures with 3-35 thanks to 2 wickets off the final 2 balls of the innings. Batsman Brian Chisolm was on debut for Scotland but was out early scoring just 8 runs but this brought Beau Waters and Stephen Gray together and they began to flex some muscle and see who get the ball either to or over the boundary more often, the two batsmen putting on a 126 run second wicket partnership off just 71 balls that included 13 fours and 6 sixes. Opener Gray scoring 82 off 45 while Waters saw us home with an over to spare with an impressive 86* off 52 balls, Scotland winning by 7 wickets.

Zimbabwe were our final opponent of the week with them arriving at Bannockburn on Saturday evening to find a slow pitch and windy conditions, our captain Art Hamilton having a golden run at the coin toss choosing to bowl once again having won every toss this week. It was a solid performance by our lads in the field holding Zimbabwe to 5-115 from their 20 overs, opener Hashim "Richard" carried his bat through the innings scoring 52* off 50 balls while our teenage finger spinner Gil Angus was the best of the bowlers with 2-18 off his 4 overs. Cal Balfour missed out on his chance to impress national selectors as he was out caught first ball of the innings, this brought Beau Waters to the middle alongside Stephen Gray and the two put on 77 for the second wicket before both lads were out for 36 and 34 respectively. A couple more wickets fell but our lads had the run rate well under control from an early stage and Brian Chisolm was left to score the winning runs with 14 balls to spare and 5 wickets in hand.

The Twenty20 World Cup squad will be selected this week so any chance to get both youth and senior games into the current squad members to potentially boost their form or skills will be taken into account and several players outside the squad that have been under the eye of selectors all season will have their last chance to impress and may be late bolters to make the final 18.

Wicket keeper Hamish Fleming and right arm fast medium Rod Angus both leave the national squad this week after turning 21, best of luck to both lads as they advance to their clubs senior team.

Player Profile :

Name : Al Grant.

Role : Left Arm Fast Medium Bowler, Tail End Batsman.

Nickname : The Birdman.

Cricketing Hero : Former Aussie quick Mitchell Johnson.

Hobbies : Wood turning, bird watching and volunteering at the local sanctuary two days a week.

Favourite Food : Lamb Shanks.

Favourite Drink : Tea.

Favourite Music : Derek and the Dominoes.

Person Most Admired : Bill Oddie of The Goodies.

Favourite Book : The Ultimate Guide To Ornithology - Geoff Measures.

Favourite Holiday Location : Aberlady Nature Reserve in Scotland.

Worst teammate to room with : Ken Alexander, He’s always playing his air guitar and screaming what I think might be song lyrics but I’m not sure ... Either that or he’s gone completely insane!
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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:00 am

This week saw Canada arrive at Bannockburn for the midweek friendly on one of the hottest days Scotland has produced in years, the wicket was sticky and things were looking good for the bowlers. Scotland won the toss and decided to give their bowlers first use of the new ball but wickets were hard to come by although it was a disciplined performance by our boys holding the Canadians to 4-104 in their 20 overs, conceding just 2 extras and 5 boundaries, Art Hamilton with 2-14 our best bowler. Scotland found themselves 2-35 early losing both openers but the ever reliable partnership of Beau Waters and Chris Dow had little trouble in the conditions and iced the game inside 13 overs with 8 wickets in hand, Waters on 37* and Dow 35*. Two new boys were brought into the squad this week and both debuted in this game, Roy Asher, a gifted left handed batsman with strong leadership credentials opened the innings but fell for just 6 runs off 11 deliveries while left arm medium pace bowler Art Alexander took 1-28 of his 4 overs.

Saturday saw the West Indies arrive on our doorstep for the pre World Cup friendly in overcast conditions and with a crumbling pitch awaiting them, our captain Roy Asher winning the toss and choosing to take on the might of the Windies attack and bat first. Things were looking good with just one ball to go before the halfway mark of our innings with our lads sitting comfortably at 1-59 but then all hell broke loose and we had a monumental middle order collapse losing 5 wickets for just 4 runs in 10 balls. This slowed our scoring considerably as we scrambled our way to 9-102 which looked to be well short of a competitive score, our off spinner Art Hamilton top scoring with 27 at number 8. The West Indies never looked troubled chasing the low total and scored the winning runs with 13 balls to spare and 8 wickets in hand, off spinner Aidan Johnstone our best bowler with 1-14. This was my assistant manager JimmytheToump’s first loss while left in charge of the squad, I’m unsure of exactly how many games he has under his belt at this level now but it must be double figures, a terrific effort by him given its now the final week of the season.

In other news the Twenty20 World Cup squad has been selected and locked in and are eagerly awaiting next weeks flight to Sri Lanka. We have chosen 7 bats and 2 keepers all of whom are at either expert or outstanding levels overall, several of them possess in game batting skills and all have decent power, hopefully this will mean we can score at a good rate. The pitches we will face in the group stage are 2 stickys, 2 green tops and 1 crumbler so we felt pace would be the way to go to try and advance past the group stage. We have taken 4 quicks, 3 mediums and just the 2 spinners all of whom look to be in good form at the moment and this was a key factor in their selection. As always there are players that were terribly unlucky to miss selection for this tour but the conditions we will face dictated that. Any senior games our managers could get into their lads this week would be greatly appreciated as there are still 2 training and 2 form updates to go before the World Cup starts.

Player Profile :

Name : Gil Angus.

Role : Left arm finger spinner, tail end batsman.

Nickname : Gilbert Grape.

Cricketing Hero : Indian all rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

Hobbies : I’m an amateur wine enthusiast and enjoy cheese tastings too.

Favourite Food : Pasta.

Favourite Drink : A good Merlot or Shiraz.

Favourite Music : Vampire Weekend.

Person Most Admired : Rick Stein.

Favourite Book : Life and all its misery - Neville Dean.

Favourite Holiday Location : Cairngorms National Park in Scotland.

Worst teammate to room with : Aidan Johnstone ... His snoring is the worst I’ve ever heard, it’s like being trapped in the same room as something from the Jurassic era!
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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:08 pm

Scotland began its Under 20 Twenty20 World Cup campaign in Sri Lanka against South Africa with our captain Roy Asher winning the toss and sending the opposition in on the green pitch. South Africa scoring 6-131 in their 20 overs with medium pace old ball bowler Art Alexander our best snaring 2-22. Opener Brian Chisholm held our innings together nicely with a well made 63 off just 45 deliveries which included 7 fours and a six. Some late hitting by wicket keeper Steve Gray and Nic Boyle got us home for a 6 wicket victory with an over to spare, a quality win as the heavy underdog a nice way to start the tour.

If the opening game was the perfect way to start the tour game 2 against Ireland was it’s polar opposite. Ireland winning the toss and putting us in on a sticky wicket and we couldn’t have got off to a worse start with opener Nic Boyle being trapped in front first ball of the innings by Irish quick Conor Chapman. Medium pacer Andy Cusack then dismissed Chris Dow and Beau Waters in the second over leaving us reeling at 3-6 after just 10 deliveries, fear then began to spread through the Scottish rooms like wildfire and we were unable to recover from such a horrendous start. Keeper Ian Gatward top scoring with the paltry score of just 21 as we were bowled out for the disappointing total of 78, the lowest total in my 7 seasons involved with the national squad. Defending this total never looked likely and Ireland scored the winning runs with 3.2 overs to spare and 7 wickets in hand, right arm fast medium Gerald Hewett tried his best to drag us back into the match with 1-8 off his 4 overs but all to no avail.

Game 3 saw us taking on India on another green pitch in humid conditions with India winning the toss and they chose to let us bat. Our top order all fell for single figures but Beau Waters and Chris Dow steadied the ship putting on 66 for the 4th wicket but once Waters fell the rest of the team offered little resistance as we ended our innings on 9-125, Dow top scoring with a nicely crafted 52. Our bowlers got into their work early and had India 5-66 leaving their lower order and tail to make another 60 and us needing 5 wickets but unfortunately dropped catches cost us and we were unable to break the 6th wicket partnership. Our bowlers tried their best to make it as difficult as possible but India got home with just 4 balls to spare and still 5 down, Art Alexander again our best bowler with 2-20.

The Netherlands were our next opponent on another sticky wicket and on another humid day which should have made things difficult for batting but the Dutch were a tough nut to crack and although we only claimed the one wicket after winning the toss and sending them in we were happy enough to keep the score to 1-124, spinner Craig King the only bowler to claim a scalp with 1-22. After the debacle that was the collapse against Ireland on the sticky wicket two days earlier a change in batting tactics saw a more cautious start to our innings and at the half way mark of our innings we were 2-43 still needing 82 in the final 10 overs but with wickets in hand. Wicket keeper Ian Gatward and spin specialist Pat Dewer took up the challenge and began to throw the bat in an unbroken 71 run stand but it would appear the slow start cost us this game as we fell agonisingly short by just 2 runs, Scotland finishing on 3-122. Gatward our top scorer with 47* off just 29 balls that included 5 boundaries.

With just 1 win from 4 games we were now out of contention for a spot in the semi final making the game against England nothing more than a dead rubber but our lads were determined to grab bragging rights over the oldest of enemies. England won the toss and put us in on the first crumbling wicket we faced this week, again the weather was humid making it difficult to field a fully fit team. Our lads all managed to get starts and make double figures as we scored 6-125, all rounder Norm Kennedy top scoring with 20 off 13 balls at number 7. Our bowlers were fantastic defending the total and English wickets fell regularly, all our lads chipped in and took wickets with finger spinner Art Hamilton the chief destroyer taking 3-7 as we rolled the poms for just 74 in 16.1 overs for a dominant 51 run victory to finish our tournament.

It was a disappointing week for our lads not progressing past the group stage, we had set up our squad to try and take full advantage of the 2 green and 2 sticky wickets in the first 4 games of the cup picking 4 quicks and 3 mediums with just our best 2 spinners coming on this tour. Two of our bowlers and one batsman went from expert back to accomplished overall after having their form drop twice in the two weeks after they were selected and locked in for the tour which didn’t help our cause. We had little luck at the coin toss this week which can be crucial in T20 cricket and the bowler friendly pitches we encountered made scoring tough for the batsmen. It was a great start beating South Africa but Ireland handed us a cricketing lesson, full credit to them. We had India in real trouble at 5-66 and still needing 60 to win but dropped catches let them off the hook. I’m gutted I didn’t have the courage to stick with the tactics that saw us qualify for this tournament and win 9 of our 11 T20 friendly matches during the season but I didn’t want a repeat of the batting collapse we had against Ireland when we played the Dutch on the second sticky wicket for the week, that change saw a slower than usual start to our innings and cost us that game and I take full responsibility for that. We finished on a positive note beating England in the final game but that was of little consolation. We finished in third spot in group 2 which for a cricketing minnow like Scotland is probably fair enough looking at the weeks ratings and it was nice to finish ahead of both England and South Africa, two of the traditional heavyweights in world cricket.

The last fortnight also sees the end of several youth careers due to player ageing. Roy Asher was brought into the World Cup squad late as an expert bat and for his outstanding captaincy, right hand opener Cal Balfour, one of my personal favourites Chris Dow, a spin specialist with the added bonus of skilled power, I convinced Ragingbull to bring him into the squad 2 seasons ago and he rarely let us down. Right hand batsman Al Kelly also moves on as does longtime wicket keeper Ian Gatward, spin bowling all rounder Aidan Johnstone, right arm fast medium bowler Gerald Hewett and medium pacer Art Alexander who was also a late bolter that made the World Cup squad. Thanks to their managers for the time they put into them at club level and good luck to all the lads as they move onto their senior careers.

A summary of the squads performance in the Twenty20 World Cup.

Batsmen :

Roy Asher : Just 19 runs from 3 innings @ 6.33 but captained the team to 2 wins in his 3 games in charge.

Nic Boyle : 36 runs @ 18 in 3 innings from 4 games with a best of 19* off 9 balls in the win against South Africa, had the best strike rate of our batsmen with 133.33. 1 catch.

Brian Chisholm : Our leading run scorer with 106 runs @ 26.5 from 4 innings in bowler friendly conditions was a solid effort, made double figures in 3 of his 4 innings with a best of 63 off 45 which won him the man of the match award and won us the game against South Africa, 2 catches.

Pat Dewer : 56 runs @ 28 from 3 innings from the spin specialist in the middle order, 1 run out.

Chris Dow : 88 runs @ 22 from 4 innings with a best of 52 against India in his final tour for Scotland, 1 catch.

Al Kelly : 19 runs @ 9.5 from 2 innings with a top score of 16 against Ireland, unfortunately went from expert back to accomplished bat after a form reversal in the two weeks prior to the cup.

Beau Waters : 50 runs @ 12.5 from 4 innings with a best of 26 in a 66 run partnership with Chris Dow against India.

Wicket Keepers :

Ian Gatward : The veteran wicket keeper topped the averages for us scoring 81 runs @ 40.5 from 3 innings with a high score of 47* off 29 balls that almost got us over the line in the game against the Dutch, 2 catches.

Steve Gray : 42 runs @ 21 from 3 innings with a best of 19 against England and played in both wins.

Bowlers :

Art Alexander : Our leading wicket taker and our best bowler in terms of both bowling average and strike rate with 5 wickets for just 51 runs in 3 games @ 10.2 with a strike rate of a wicket every 12.4 balls and a best of 2-20 against India, took wickets in all 3 games and played in both wins against South Africa and England. 1 innings of 4 runs off 5 balls and 2 catches.

Ken Alexander : 2 wickets for 54 runs @ 27 from 3 games with a best of 1-19 against Ireland also had his only innings in that game scoring 13* off 20 and held 1 catch.

Doug Black : 3 wickets for 74 @ 24.66 with a best of 2-20 against England, just 1 innings of 3 off 4 and 1 catch. Played in both wins against South Africa and England.

Niall Boag : 1 wicket for 36 runs in 2 games with a best of 1-26 against India, 3 runs @ 3 in 2 innings and our leading fielder with 3 catches. Went from expert back to accomplished after being selected due to a form lapse.

Gav Brownlie : Just 2 wickets from 3 games @ 47.5 with a best of 2-30 in the win against South Africa, 1 innings of 0* and 1 catch, the second of our two bowlers that went from expert back to accomplished after a drop in form.

Art Hamilton : 3 wickets for 57 runs @ 19 from our vice captain, destroyed England with a devastating spell of 3-7, 2 innings for 11 runs @ 11 with a best of 11* also against England which won him the man of the match award.

Gerald Hewett : Just the 1 wicket for 26 runs from 2 games but was the most economical bowler in the tournament going for just 3.25 runs an over thanks to the remarkable figures of 1-8 off 4 overs against Ireland, 1 innings of 4 runs.

Norm Kennedy : 4 wickets for 63 in 3 games @ 15.75 with best figures of 2-11 against England, 27 runs @ 27 from 2 innings with a best of 20* off 13 balls also against England.

Craig King : 3 wickets for 43 runs @ 14.33 in 3 games with a best of 2-21 against England, 1 innings 1 duck.
Current Scotland Under 20 Manager.
Scotland Under 20 Assistant Manager Seasons 40-45.

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