This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun May 02, 2021 12:36 am

Scotland have organised four friendly matches over the two week period between international tours and all of our opponents in this time will be from division 2 as we will be competing in division 1 and would prefer to keep our cards close to our chest and not give up any trade secrets to other division 1 teams.

Ireland were the first of the four opponents to arrive at Bannockburn on a particularly windy day, a green pitch had been prepared by groundskeeper Willie and our captain BJ McCullum won the toss and elected to bat first. Both our openers made starts but got out soon after reaching double figures bringing debutant Laurie Gordon to the crease to join the experienced veteran Nic Boyle with the score at 2-62 and the two batsmen gelled immediately putting on a 150 run partnership for the third wicket with Boyle out for a well made 89 while Gordon went on to achieve his childhood dream of scoring a century on debut for his country with a majestic 109 off 101 balls which included 7 fours and a six. Rob Dewer and Jo Collins threw the bat at the death and Scotland were able to post a more than competitive total of 5-306.

Ireland were off to a good solid start putting on 94 for the first wicket inside 20 overs but as is often the way once the first wicket falls another comes soon afterwards and within 14 balls both Irish openers were back in the pavilion. Irelands middle order were good too with both Shaun Aylward and wicket keeper Mark MacKenna bringing up half centuries but in the end the 300 plus total proved a few too many as Ireland finished their innings on 6-283 and Scotland claiming the victory by 23 runs, all of our bowlers managed to claim a scalp with medium pacer Bernie Brinkley taking two.

JimmytheToump gave two lads debut games in this match, as already mentioned Laurie Gordon, a skilled right hand batsman proved you don’t need the skin fold levels of Victoria Beckham to succeed at this level as the portly young debutant peeled off a ton on debut and in the process took home the man of the match award while right arm medium pace bowler Derm Brownlie was given his chance being named in the starting eleven too and picked up his first international wicket finishing his 10 over spell with 1-49.

Conditions couldn’t have been more different for the Saturday friendly against the USA as the pitch looked like it would be quite slow thanks to the scorching heat on an unusually hot Scottish day and three of our all pace attack on Wednesday were rested in favour of a more spin oriented attack, again our captain BJ McCullum called correctly at the toss and chose to have a hit. Things weren’t going to plan as Scottish wickets fell regularly and at the drinks break we were 4-112 thankfully opener Mat Finlayson dug in for a gutsy half ton scoring 54 but before long we found ourselves at 6-164 and all our best bats back in the sheds and still 15 overs to go. Medium pacer Bernie Brinkley joined our young gun all rounder Jo Collins at the crease and the two then proceeded to put together the best partnership of our innings and at a good rate with a 73 run stand for the 7th wicket in just 10 overs and thanks to Collins top score of 63* we were able to take our total to 7-265.

Debutant opener Mat Crawford might have missed out with the bat but pulled off a stunning direct hit run out from mid off to start things rolling in the field for Scotland, this got our lads up and about and wickets continued to tumble throughout the Yankee innings and 4-90 at drinks soon turned into 175 all out in just 43.2 overs and Scotland walked away with a very comfortable 90 run victory. Only captain Danny Elliott (40) and keeper Byron Wagner (56) offered any real resistance as the Scottish spinners calmly and methodically went about dismantling the American line up, left arm leggie Cathal Dundas our best bowler with 3-31 but all rounder Jo Collins claimed 2-48 to take out the man of the match award.

Three more lads made debuts in this game as we continue to assess the squad after a spate of retirements over the past few weeks. Mat Crawford is a left handed top order batsman with a skilled technique and an impressive record at club level, he made 10 off 13 with one boundary and ran out one of the opposition openers showing great game awareness and cat like reactions while in the field. Francis Boyle is a young right handed batsman who generally deals in boundaries but nerves got the better of him on this occasion scoring a very subdued 14 of 35 balls with just the one boundary and Ramsay Denness who is a skilled young right arm finger spinner with an arm ball who was very economical and returned the figures of 1-25 off 8.2 overs.

We have selected our squad for the division 1 one day tour of Sri Lanka which commences on May 10th on Crumbling, Dry and Slow pitches. We have a few new faces in the squad and have gone with a spin heavy bowling line up with 6 spinners packing their bags for the sub continent. Laurie Gordon’s ton on debut was enough for him to book his ticket and we will get our first look at back up wicket keeper Art Dalgleish. 19 year old off spinning all rounder David Hassacoff looks to have some real potential and will join right arm leg spinner Roy Allingham as two of our six spinners on tour.

Player Profile :

Name : Joseph Collins.

Role : Right arm fast medium bowling all rounder.

Nickname : Joey.

Cricketing Hero : Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff.

Hobbies : Boating, camping, fishing.

Favourite Food : Freshly caught flatheads.

Favourite Drink : Bourbon and Coke.

Favourite Music : Bishop Briggs.

Person Most Admired : Former Pakistan World Cup winning captain and now Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Favourite Book : The beginners guide to cobbling - Bill Claxton.

Favourite Holiday Location : The Shetlands.

Worst teammate to room with : Ken Alexander ... Absolute Psycho !
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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun May 09, 2021 4:43 am

Wednesday night saw Bangladesh arrive at Bannockburn for our midweek friendly on an uneven deck with windy overhead conditions and my assistant JimmytheToump was given charge of the game but as I logged in to check out the match orders saw that none had been set and with only minutes to go before the lock out all I had time to do was load orders from our last match on the same pitch and fill in a few gaps from the players that had moved on from the squad and shuffle the batting lineup a little but didn’t get the time to adjust the bowling orders for the two bowlers making their debuts, these things can happen occasionally but not to worry. (An off field incident with a chainsaw and a visit to the hospital to blame for the missing match day orders, hope you’re up and about again soon old mate). We tried Arthur Dalgleish as our keeper today and also gave him the captaincy and he managed to call correctly at the toss and chose to bat first. After losing Mat Finlayson early and Jim Forbes for 30 we were in a nice position at 2-95 just before the drinks break but 2 quick wickets before it and another just after left us in a precarious position at 5-102. Robin Dewer then joined Jo Collins at the crease and the two went about a recovery mission that saw them put on an incredible 156 run unbroken partnership off just 142 balls with our gun all rounder Collins top scoring with 87* off 80 balls with 5 fours and two of the biggest sixes seen at Bannockburn in years, Rob Dewer was more circumspect scoring 63* off 69 with just the 4 boundaries. This union took us to a score of 5-258, a competitive score if we bowled well.

Fast bowler Hugh Ford was on debut as was medium pacer Alan George who took a wicket with his first ball in international cricket having one of the Bangladeshi openers caught behind which also gave debutant gloveman Art Dalgleish his first catch in national colours. Our opponents were 3-122 at drinks, 28 runs ahead and having lost one less wicket than we had at the same stage of our innings. The Bangladesh middle order then took control of the match with Arafat Das and Piyush Reddy both making half centuries while keeper Karim Ahmed knocked off the remainder of the runs with Reddy when he entered the game. Bangladesh chasing down our total with 3 overs to spare and 6 wickets in hand. Leg spinner Cathal Dundas was our best bowler with 2-40.

Three lads were given a debut for Scotland in this game, Art Dalgleish is our new backup wicket keeper to BJ McCullum but unfortunately made a second ball duck when batting but did hold onto one catch. Fast bowler Hugh Ford suffered badly from nerves and failed to claim a scalp on the day and returned figures of 0-46 off his 10 overs while medium pacer Alan George couldn’t grab another wicket after his first ball heroics finishing with 1-57. (Bowling orders would certainly have been altered for the new boys if I had the time to do so.)

After the Bangladesh mishap I went with a near full strength team to take on South Africa who arrived at Bannockburn on Saturday to find some very bowler friendly conditions with an overcast day above a very green looking pitch, it was a crucial toss to win and thankfully BJ McCullum did so sending South Africa in and throwing a fired up Doug Black the new rock and he got the early breakthrough trapping South African opener Fronie Bench LBW in his second over, Black didn’t stop there either picking up 3 of the first 5 wickets to fall leaving the Proteas reeling at 5-73 inside 20 overs. Ivan de Lange and Doug Deysel then put on 98 for the sixth wicket guiding their team to a better position but a sharp run out by Mat Finlayson saw the back of Deysel and the opposition tail offered next to no resistance as their last 5 wickets fell for just 7 runs. South Africa all out for 178 in 45.1 overs. Doug Black superb with 4-22 off 8 overs.

The Scottish batsmen went after the South African attack from the word go and Finlayson and McCullum put on 72 for the first wicket inside 15 overs. All of our batsmen managed to make double figure scores in a solid hit out as we chased down the 179 run total in just 32.4 overs to claim an emphatic victory by 7 wickets, number three batsman Nic Boyle top scoring with 47* from 48 balls. South Africa may have had their own deadline drama setting orders for this match as 3 of their 5 bowlers on this green top were spinners including both their opening bowlers.

Three players in our squad turned 21 this week, power hitter Grant Cullen, specialist finisher Rob Dewer and the skilled medium pace all rounder Bernie Brinkley, all three lads will be on the division 1 one day tour to Sri Lanka next week, good luck to all three boys and let’s hope it’s a memorable send off for all of them.

Player Profile :

Name : Dermid Brownlie

Role : Right arm medium pace bowling all rounder.

Nickname : The Derminator.

Cricketing Hero : Mitch Marsh.

Hobbies : Baking, Cooking, Eating.

Favourite Food : Any traditional pasta dish.

Favourite Drink : White Wine.

Favourite Music : Jamie Callum.

Person Most Admired : Jamie Oliver.

Favourite Book : Jamie’s 15 minute meals - Jamie Oliver.

Favourite Holiday Location : Madrid, Spain.

Worst teammate to room with : Doug Black ... Always taking selfies and posting on Instagram!
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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Mon May 17, 2021 11:48 am

Scotland began its Division 1 One Day Tour in Sri Lanka with its opening match against New Zealand, our captain BJ McCullum won the toss and sent the kiwis in on the slow pitch. Medium pacer Bernie Brinkley grabbed an early wicket and had the kiwis 1-12 but opener Joey Chan and number 3 Dennis Loton then put on 166 for the second wicket with Chan scoring 95 and Loton bringing up a ton before eventually falling for 116. Derreck Harrop and kiwi captain Kieran Wardlaw then threw the bat at the death and the Scottish fielders ended up chasing more leather than Pinky Tuscadero with New Zealand’s innings finishing on 3-317, a magnificent total against a strong Scottish attack, Cathal Dundas was frustrated with his teammates fielding with 2 dropped catches and a missed stumping in his first spell alone, Dunk Archibald our best with 2-72. The total proved too much for our lads as wickets dropped regularly, power hitter Grant Cullen and all rounder Jo Collins batted well together and put on 144 for the 6th wicket but it proved to be too little too late, Cullen out for 94 while Collins remained undefeated on 78 off just 70 deliveries, our innings coming to a close on 7-268 but still well short of the kiwi total, New Zealand by 43 runs.

Home nation Sri Lanka were our second opponent in front of a bumper crowd of over 28,000 fans at the Esplanade, again we won the toss but this time after being spooked by the high score given up in the previous game chose to bat first on today’s slow pitch. Mat Finlayson and Jim Forbes got us off to a good start putting on 61 for the opening wicket in 12 overs before Finlayson fell for 31. Nic Boyle, captain Art Dalgleish and Jon Graham all came and went for not many before Rob Dewer decided to hang around for a nicely compiled 43 but in the end it was a one man show with Forbes bringing up a magnificent hundred eventually out in the second last over for 138 off 141 which included 11 fours and 4 sixes, this innings was the fourth highest score by a Scottish under 20 player in a one day international as we finished on 7-260. Our boys had Sri Lanka 2-34 early before a 164 run partnership for the third wicket was put on by opener Suresh Kelaart and Piyankara Wijeratne, the opener holding the Sri Lankan innings together with a well timed 114. Our young spinners were given a chance in this game and were very good making run scoring difficult but Sri Lanka eventually scored the winning runs with 7 balls to spare for the loss of 5 wickets. It was a poor effort in the field by our boys dropping 6 catches which would ultimately be the difference in the game, had those chances stuck we would have had a comfortable win with a 31 run margin, however it wasn’t to be, paceman Doug Black our best with 1-46.

Scotland were in a fired up mood after the disappointing fielding display which cost us the victory against Sri Lanka and were determined to make amends as we took on the West Indies in game 3. It was a crumbling pitch with windy overhead conditions and our three best spinners back in for the match, the Windies won the toss and chose to bat first. Our bowlers were terrific and runs were hard to come by for the cream of the Caribbean as our bowlers went about their business effectively and methodically eventually rolling the opposition for 175 in 48.2 overs, spinners Gil Angus and Cathal Dundas our best taking 4-30 and 3-29 respectively. Laurie Gordon and BJ McCullum got us off to a fast start with a 59 run stand in 12 overs before Gordon was stumped for 36. This started a bit of a rot in the middle order as wickets began to fall but our skipper refused to let this game get away from us standing undefeated at the end of our innings with a nicely crafted 71* off 119 balls and seeing his team home by 5 wickets with 7 overs to spare. Scotland finally off the mark in the tournament.

Pitch and weather conditions were the same as the day before as we took on the winless Dutch team in game 4, again we won the toss and chose to bat first in the bowler friendly conditions. Four of our top five batsmen made double figure scores but we weren’t in a great place at 5-95 shortly after the drinks break, thankfully we have one of the best young all rounders in world cricket at the moment and Jo Collins proved to be worth his weight in gold once again scoring his second undefeated half century of the tournament with a fine innings of 69* off 62 balls, Laurie Gordon played well for 43 and David Hassacoff was also impressive with the blade scoring 27 off 21 at the death, Scotland very happy with their score of 6-234. Our bowlers were great once again and claimed wickets often having the Dutch batsmen second guessing themselves, no one was better than our left arm finger spinner Gil Angus whose arm ball proved harder to pick than Michael Jackson’s nose as he ended the match with a hat trick amongst the magnificent match figures of 6-15 off 6.3 overs. The Netherlands all out for 140 in 39.3 overs and Scotland right back amongst it in fourth position with an impressive 94 run win.

Australia were our final opponent and they’re always a hard nut to crack as they have one of the most economical bowling attacks seen in the game but after winning the toss we chose to face the music and bat first on the spin friendly dry track. No stand outs in the batting department but Rob Dewer and captain BJ McCullum made 40 and 37 respectively while Gil Angus threw the bat for a quick fire 27* off 19 at the back end as we compiled 8-185 in our 50 overs. We took a punt on a 4 man spin attack against the Aussies to get the job done as they had done in a friendly match earlier in the season and things were looking good for the Scots as we had Australia in all sorts of bother at 9-129 and still needing 57 to win with just the single wicket in hand and leg spinner Cathal Dundas running amok with figures of 5-7 off 7 overs. Aussie number 5 Cooper Riddick was still at the crease and batting well but number 11, Jeff Wilson is a boy that every bowler in our squad would back themselves to dismiss with nothing more than a soggy tomato on most occasions. Riddick farmed the strike beautifully and Wilson only had to survive the 8 deliveries as the middle order batsman began chipping away at the total at the other end. Unbelievably and for the first time in my memory of playing this game the tenth wicket partnership in the run chase proved to be the highest partnership of the match and the Aussies got home by just the single wicket and in the process claimed the division 1 title, congrats to them on one of the gutsiest wins I’ve ever seen. This along with New Zealand’s crushing defeat of the Netherlands meant we finished equal on points with the kiwis but now with the inferior run rate and relegated to division 2.

It was a difficult week for us with the Kiwis getting away from us in game one, 6 dropped catches costing us victory in game two against Sri Lanka before we got ourselves back into the tournament with wins against the Windies and the Netherlands then the heartbreak of a one wicket loss in the final game where we also missed just the 1 chance in the field ... how very costly that dropped catch proved to be. However, despite finding ourselves relegated to division 2 next season we did pick up enough points in this comp to achieve our longer term goal of qualifying for the next One Day World Cup in a few weeks time. We have also risen to 4th place in the international rankings which is as high as I can remember us being ranked in my 8 seasons involved in the Scottish under 20 national set up.

Nic Boyle and Dan Docherty will be leaving the squad this week after turning 21, best of luck to both lads as they embark on their senior careers.

Player performances for the Division 1 One Day Tour of Sri Lanka.

Batsmen :

Nic Boyle : 5 matches, 5 innings, 89 runs @ 17.8 and a hi score of 31 and 2 catches against Australia. Fit enough to play in all 5 matches but perhaps underperformed as our most experienced batsman at number 3.

Grant Cullen : 3 matches, 3 innings, 106 runs @ 35.33 with a hi score of 94 against New Zealand.

Rob Dewer : 4 matches, 4 innings, 109 runs @ 27.25 and a hi score of 43, 1 run out. Batting down the order allowed him to play in 4 of our 5 matches where he scored double figure scores in all 4 innings with 2 scores of 40 or better.

Mat Finlayson : 4 matches, 4 innings, 115 runs @ 28.75 with a high score of 36. Made double figures in all 4 innings with 3 scores over 30 and got us off to great starts with his attacking stroke play as an opening batsman.

Jim Forbes : 3 matches, 3 innings, 153 runs @ 51 and 93.29 strike rate with a top score of 138 against Sri Lanka which was the highest score of the tournament.

Laurie Gordon : 3 matches, 3 innings, 80 runs @ 26.67 with a hi score of 43. A young skilled batsman that will be better for the experience of a division 1 tour.

Jon Graham : Described as nothing more than an overrated hoax of a batsman by the Sri Lankan press on his arrival Jon Graham did little to dismiss that notion with just 18 runs from 3 innings at an average of 6. We believe in this young batting prodigy and he will be back bigger and better than ever very soon.

Wicket Keepers :

Art Dalgleish : Just 12 runs from 2 innings at an average of 6 from our back up keeper and vice captain may have put his spot in the World Cup in jeopardy. 4 catches.

BJ McCullum : 3 matches, 3 innings, 1 not out, 128 runs @ 64 and a true captains knock with a resolute innings of 71* in the win against the West Indies 2 catches but even slicker gloves standing up to the wicket with 6 stumpings off our spinners.

All Rounders :

Dunk Archibald : 3 matches, 2 innings, 1 not out, 10 runs @ 10 with a hi score of 9 and 3 wickets for 128 @ 42.67 plus 2 catches. Expected more from him with the bat but did his job in a defensive role with the ball while Angus and Dundas attacked at the other end.

Bernie Brinkley : Our only medium pacer on tour took a wicket in each of his 3 games but was more expensive than a backstage pass to the Rolling Stones going for 185 runs and only scored 4 runs from 3 innings, took 1 catch.

Jo Collins : Amazingly our number 7 was our leading run scorer with 158 runs from 3 innings, all undefeated and two of those were half centuries, took 3 wickets for 144 at an average of 48 with a best of 2-47 against the West Indies, 1 catch. An absolute star and only just turned 20.

Dave Hassacoff : Just 2 games from the teenage all rounder, scored 29 runs with a best of 27* off 21 balls which was very encouraging and 1 wicket against Sri Lanka, looks to be one of the best young all round prospects in the country.

Bowlers :

Roy Allingham : The leg spinner was very much a back up to Cathal Dundas but did take a wicket and was unbeaten with the bat in his only game against Sri Lanka.

Gil Angus : Spectacular for the second tour in a row, Angus was our leading wicket taker with 11 scalps for the tournament and had the best individual match figures of the tournament against the Netherlands with 6-15 which included a hat trick. best bowling average (11.55) and best bowling strike rate (18.36) of all our bowlers and also had the highest batting strike rate with 142.11 thanks to his 1 innings of 27* off 19 balls.

Doug Black : Our spearhead took 4 wickets for 115 from 3 games at an average of 28.75 and a best of 2-28 against the Netherlands also our best fielder with 3 catches.

Cathal Dundas : 9 wickets for 142 runs @ 15.78 and a strike rate of 23.56 from his 4 games with a best of 5-19 against the all conquering Aussies, 1 innings of 9* from 17 balls and solid in the field with 2 catches. Along with Gil Angus he could be one of our trump cards in the upcoming World Cup and is now statistically Scotland’s second best leg spinner with 28 career wickets and sits in 6th place in Scotlands all time wicket takers but still well behind the great Kirk Kelly who took an incredible 63 wickets.

James Fairbairn : Just the 1 wicket from 2 games but was our most economical bowler going at just 3.70 runs per over and did the defensive role asked of him, best bowling of 1-34 against Australia.
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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun May 23, 2021 5:27 am

Scotland took on Ireland at Bannockburn for the midweek friendly match this week on a green pitch with humid overhead conditions, Irish captain Josh Mulcahy winning the toss and choosing to bat first in the seam friendly conditions. Our spearhead Doug Black got amongst the wickets early and was involved in the first 5 wickets to fall claiming 3 himself then snaring a run out and holding a catch to have Ireland 5-84 just after drinks. Leg spinner Cathal Dundas then joined in the fun running through the Irish tail to dismiss the opposition for 148 in 42.3 overs, Dundas finished with 4-35 while Black destroyed the Irish top order and finished with 3-23 from 7 overs.

Mat Finlayson and Jim Forbes put on 52 for the opening partnership in 8 overs before both lads fell within 2 overs of each other for 21 and 36 respectively. This brought the much maligned Jon Graham to the crease batting at 3 and Rob Cook joined him and the two put on the highest partnership of the match with 76 being added for the third wicket before Cook departed for 43. Captain BJ McCullum missed out but Laurie Gordon stuck around with Graham to see us home in just 28.4 overs, Graham putting some of the recent bad press behind him with 37* at number three. Scotland with the 6 wicket victory.

Pakistan were our Saturday opposition and JimmytheToump was in charge but no match orders were set yet we still managed a comfortable 45 run win thanks to the strength of our squad ... not sure it’s worth a match report on a game we really had nothing to do with.

Our One Day World Cup squad has been selected with 7 bats, 2 keepers, 2 quicks, 1 medium pacer.and 6 spinners heading off to South Africa in a weeks time where we will encounter 2 crumbling, 1 slow, 1 flat and 1 dry pitch in the group stages.

Player Profile :

Name : Duncan Archibald

Role : Right arm finger spinning all rounder.

Nickname : Archie.

Cricketing Hero : Carl Hooper - West Indies.

Hobbies : 4 wheel driving and following all Motor Sport.

Favourite Food : Slow cooked pulled pork sliders.

Favourite Drink : Fresh fruit juice.

Favourite Music : The Bromley Yoghurt Explosion.

Person Most Admired : Michael Schumacher.

Favourite Book : The Death of Photorealism - Stephen P. Buzza.

Favourite Holiday Location : Monaco.

Worst teammate to room with : Gil Angus ... He’s got tickets on himself!
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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun May 30, 2021 8:37 am

Zimbabwe arrived at Bannockburn for our final warm up match before next weeks one day World Cup kicks off in South Africa, it was an uneven deck and the temperature was stifling hot, Mat Crawford was given the captaincy for the game and upon winning the toss chose to keep our bowlers out of the heat for a few hours and bat first. He and Mat Finlayson put on 30 for the first wicket before the skipper was out for 10, Jon Graham missed out again only making 2 but things were looking good for Scotland at the drinks break with Finlayson and Jim Forbes still at the crease with the score at 2-107 with Finlayson on 67 and Forbes on 20. Unfortunately Forbes fell in the over after drinks for 23 but this brought the teenage debutant wicket keeper batsman Paul Ferguson to the wicket and he sensibly played out a maiden over just to get a feel for the wicket and the conditions. Mat Finlayson suffered from severe body cramps and bouts of dehydration during his gutsy innings of 86 from 91 balls and fell in the 33rd over with the score now at 3-142 which brought another debutant to the crease, Cathal Allan, a skilled left hand batsman who joined Ferguson who was just settling in on 10 from 19 balls. The two inexperienced young batsmen gelled immediately and put on a century partnership for the 5th wicket and at a good rate to lift our run rate considerably. Allan was bowled for 35 but Fergie went berserk after a wary start scoring 78 off just 57 balls which included 10 fours and a six and had many in the stands reminiscing about a young Adam Gilchrist hitting the scene, Scotland eventually scoring 7-287 in their 50 overs.

Our bowling innings started well with both Doug Black and Jo Collins picking up wickets in their opening spells before the Zimbabweans settled with a solid 57 run partnership between opener Regis Mlambo and keeper Adam Rennie took them to 3-105 at drinks, just the 2 runs behind us but 1 wicket worse off, things were shaping up for a very tight game. Two quick wickets fell thanks to Black and leg spinner Cathal Dundas to change the direction of the game completely with Zimbabwe now 5-107 and still needing 181 runs for victory. Our bowlers began to tighten the screws in the second half of the innings and the run rate got out of hand causing wickets to tumble, all of our bowlers played their part in this innings with all 5 boys picking up 2 wickets each as we bowled out the opposition for 167 in 42.4 overs, Doug Black with 2-22 and Cathal Dundas, 2-23 our most economical in the 120 run win.

Debuts to batsman Cathal Allan (35 and a catch) and wicket keeper-batsman Paul Ferguson (78 and a stumping) went well in this match with a century partnership between the two and Fergie picking up the man of the match award for his dynamic stroke play.

This week we will lose batsman Ian Forde and our spearhead Doug Black who both turn 21 while next week’s World Cup will be the final tour for batsman Jim Forbes and our ever reliable spin twins Gil Angus and Cathal Dundas.

Player Profile :

Name : Jonathan Graham.

Role : Right hand batsman and gully fielder.

Nickname : Jono.

Cricketing Hero : Robin Smith of England.

Hobbies : Generally tinkering with things and taking things apart to see how they work before putting them back together.

Favourite Food : Bacon and egg rolls.

Favourite Drink : Coffee.

Favourite Music : Faith No More.

Person Most Admired : Mike Rowe.

Favourite Book : The Happiest Refugee - Anh Do.

Favourite Holiday Location : New York.

Worst teammate to room with : Mat Crawford ... We’re just polar opposites.
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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:31 am

Scotland arrived in South Africa ranked 4th in the international one day rankings and were confident of a good showing in the World Cup. Their opponent in the opening game was the Netherlands, a team they have built up a fierce rivalry with under the current management regime. It was a sunny day at the Chopping Board ground which was at full capacity and a slow pitch had been prepared, the Netherlands won the toss and chose to bat first. Jo Collins struggled with his run up bowling 3 no balls in his opening over but did find the edge of Martijn Clements bat to dismiss the Dutch opener for 2. Jamarra Ugle-Hagen and Robert-Jan Ruijgh then put on 63 for the second wicket before James Fairbairn struck and Cathal Dundas removed Laurens Konings shortly after, the Dutch making it to 3-110 at drinks with Ugle-Hagen hanging in on 42*. Off spinner Fairbairn claimed the next 3 wickets to have our opponent 6-188 with 8 overs to go but that would be the last wicket we would take as the Dutch finished their innings on 6-249 thanks to a gutsy ton by Ugle-Hagen who carried his bat for a fine innings of 110*. Although the score was a few more than we would have liked there was only the 1 dropped chance in the field which was acceptable but 26 runs were given away in misfields and another 20 runs in extras which was disappointing. Left arm finger spinner James Fairbairn was our best bowler picking up his career best figures for the national team with 4-46.

Five runs an over was the task ahead of Mat Finlayson and Jim Forbes as they strode to the wicket under a perfect blue sky and the two went about the job in workmanlike fashion keeping the run rate ticking over at a good rate, the 50 partnership coming up with the first ball of the 11th over. Forbes brought up his 50 with a lofted drive for 6 over mid on in the 18th over while the 100 partnership came up an over later, Scotland looking to be in a dominant position at drinks with the score on 0-132 with Forbes slaying the attack for his 80* while Finlayson was more subdued on 44*. Finlayson’s 50 came up with a boundary on the final ball of the 29th over as our two openers looked completely untroubled chasing down the opposition score as the 150 partnership was brought up in the 32nd over. Two overs later Forbes brought up his second ton for his country in just 111 balls and the 200 partnership was brought up in the 39th over, a superb effort to start a World Cup for the Scots. Forbes eventually fell for 131 with the opening partnership ending on 207 and as is often the case once a large partnership is broken another wicket often follows quickly and Finlayson followed Forbes to the pavilion an over later on 71. This left Jon Graham and captain BJ McCullum just 39 runs to win in 9 overs which the two were able to knock off with little trouble, Scotland 2-250, picking up the winning runs with 27 balls to spare and 8 wickets in hand.

Clearly the story of this match was Scotland’s double century opening stand, the Dutch bowlers were bowling shorter than Danny de Vito to Jim Forbes and were cut and pulled to all parts as Forbes smashed his way to 131 off 134 balls, his innings included 8 fours and 7 sixes and while Mat Finlayson may have the forearms of a lifelong scaffolder he has the gentle touch of a midwife just out of nurses college as he displayed on his way to a well crafted 71 which came up off 112 balls and included just the 4 boundaries.

Scotland would need to be on top of their game if they were to win against the West Indies who are currently the number 1 ranked team in the under 20 international rankings and the reigning under 20 one day World Cup champions. The two teams have crossed paths many times over the past few seasons in some epic division 1 tussles and have a great deal of respect for each other’s game. The toss would be a crucial factor today as a flat pitch had been prepared at the Epicentre and overhead conditions were humid, thankfully Scottish captain Mat Crawford called correctly and chose to send the opposition in hoping the Windies bowlers would tire later in the day and the Scots would be able to chase down whatever total the West Indies set. Jo Collins struck the opening blow in his second over removing West Indies opener Orville Burrell for 4, paceman Doug Black then claimed 2 wickets in 2 balls in his second spell to have the opposition 3-68. Our spinners came into the attack shortly after and both wrist spinner Roy Allingham and finger spinner Dave Hassacoff managed to each grab a wicket to have the Windies on the ropes at 5-103 with opener Bill Batty the only recognised batsman left on 29*. Batty would be the big wicket today as he has hurt Scotland in the past having scored a century against us in a division 1 match last season but Allingham had his measure today deceiving him in flight and causing a rash swipe across the line to take a top edge and lob back to the bowler, Batty gone for 41 and the West Indies now 6-124. Scotland were well on top now but the West Indies are the number 1 ranked team for a reason and all rounders Gary Lashley and Charles Cox dug in and put on the highest partnership in the West Indian innings scoring 62 for the 7th wicket before Hassacoff had Cox caught for 26. The tail wagged for the Windies and got them out of trouble, Lashley top scoring with 49 while medium pacer Lloyd Verwayen made 34* at number 9. Scotland eventually bowling the reigning champions out for 238 in 48.3 overs which was clearly a sub par score on a good batting surface, Dave Hassacoff claimed his best figures for his country with 4-54 while Roy Allingham took 3-46.

Scottish captain Mat Crawford and fellow opener Ian Forde strode to the wicket with a look of determination in their eyes knowing a successful run chase could set the team up for a run deep into this World Cup. Forde took on the West Indian quicks from the word go and sent the ball flying both to and over the fence with gusto, Scotland’s first 50 runs on the board in just 9 overs. Forde tried to go over the top once too often and was caught for 39 but he had got us off to a fast start with 60 runs already on the board inside 12 overs. Jon Graham joined his skipper at the crease and the two put their heads down and got on with the task at hand with some no frills sensible batting getting Scotland to drinks at 1-110 with Crawford bringing up his half century the over before the break. Scotland were looking solid with Crawford and Graham bringing up a century partnership for the second wicket but disaster was to strike in the same over as the Scottish captain misjudged a single to mid wicket and had his stumps thrown down by Austin Tang, Crawford run out for 68. This was to trigger an unwanted middle order collapse with Rob Cook out lbw for 6, Graham caught at fine leg hooking just after bringing up his half ton on 52 and keeper Art Dalgleish caught behind for 12. Thankfully Laurie Gordon is a true scrapper, a kid that would would prefer a fight to a feed and the youngster kept a calm head and saw us through to victory with a well made 49* off only 33 balls at the death, Scotland victorious by 5 wickets with 25 balls to spare and now sitting second in group 1 equal on points with Bangladesh and a top of the table clash against them now set up for tomorrow where the winner will go a game clear on top of the table.

Game 3 of the under 20 one day World Cup was crucial for Scotland after their impressive start to the tournament knocking off both the Netherlands and the West Indies in their opening two matches, they now faced an unbeaten Bangladesh who sat on top of group 1 with the superior run rate. It was another humid day at the Durbin Dolphins cricket ground and the pitch was already crumbling, it looked like a day for the bowlers today so again winning the toss would be vital and thankfully Scottish captain BJ McCullum did so and in a brave move chose to bat first. The brief from team management was a simple one but may have been easier said than done, first, do not get bowled out, keep the opponent out in the heat for the full 50 overs to drain their energy levels for the second innings. Secondly, if we could post a score of 200 or more it would be a significant psychological advantage. Jim Forbes wasn’t able to repeat his opening day century scoring heroics and was caught behind for 13, Mat Finlayson also out bowled for 13 leaving Scotland 2-42 in the 11th over. Rob Cook joined Ian Forde at the crease and the two dug in getting Scotland through to drinks at 2-91. This partnership was vital but painfully slow, Cook was caught behind for 46 in the 36th over with the partnership ending on 77 off an agonising 153 deliveries with just the 5 boundaries scored in that time, all of them to Cook, Scotland now 3-119 with less than 14 overs to go. Ian Forde’s innings came to an end in the 41st over on 38 off 87 balls without scoring a single boundary which led to his teammate Doug Black labelling him “The corpse with pads on”. However, he had done the job asked of him leaving the Scots with 6 wickets in hand to attack in the final 9 overs of the innings which the lads did, skipper BJ McCullum scoring 25 off 23 to lift the run rate and although wickets did tumble late the tail all chipped in with valuable runs and the Scots achieved their pre game goals of batting through the 50 overs and scoring 8-204.

Bangladesh attacked from the outset and got off to a flyer bringing up the first 50 runs on the first ball of the 11th over without the loss of a wicket, things weren’t helped by Rob Cook who grassed two chances in the field, both off fiery paceman Doug Black which caused the big quick to lose his cool and his radar as it would appear, his first spell proved more expensive than a ticket and backstage pass to the Rolling Stones, 0-33 off 5 overs! Thankfully medium pacer Godfrey Brinkley was doing his best to keep things tight at the other end with 3 maidens in his first 4 overs. Teenage off spinner Dave Hassacoff claimed the first Bangladesh wicket in his first over and another in his second to have the Tigers 2-64, his impressive start giving him the figures of 2-5 but opener Ravi Chawla was causing mayhem at the other end bringing up his 50 in just 45 balls which included 9 boundaries, this was some cavalier batting on such a precarious pitch which threatened to take the game away from the Scots. Leg spinner Cathal Dundas picked up the Bangladesh keeper in the over before drinks but the Tigers were in a good position at 3-103 and the explosive Chawla still in and throwing the bat at everything in his zone and more often then not sending it to the fence. Offie Gil Angus picked up the danger man Chawla for 54 with a magnificent arm ball that completely deceived him as he charged down the pitch but missed the pill leaving him stranded well out of his crease as our skipper calmly flicked the bails off for a smart stumping. Doug Black was brought back into the attack after he had calmed down and promptly found the edge of Karanveer Srinath’s bat to change the course of the game altogether, after a fast start and being in the box seat at drinks Bangladesh were now 5-104 with still 101 to win. The Tigers forged their way to 5-146 and needed 59 more for victory with 12 and a half overs to get them and 5 wickets in hand when Angus had the Bangladesh captain Viveck Rawant caught at cover by Jim Forbes for 15. Leggie Cathal Dundas then had the tail completely bamboozled picking up 2 wickets in 2 balls before Angus picked up the final 2 wickets to deliver a gutsy 44 run win for the Tartan Army. Our spinners were fantastic in this match taking 9 of the 10 wickets to fall, Angus with 4-23, Dundas 3-27 and teenage all rounder Hassacoff with 2-22. Scotland now move to the top of group 1, a game clear of the pack and undefeated with the best run rate in the group which is almost worth another win on its own.

Scotland arrived at the Dolphins cricket ground bright and early and full of confidence after three straight wins to start the World Cup, a win against Bermuda would guarantee them a semi final spot regardless of any other results in the group today or tomorrow. Again the pitch looked to be crumbling already under the humid South African skies so winning the toss was crucial and once again Scottish captain Mat Crawford called correctly and decided to follow the game plan that was so successful the day before choosing to bat first. Both Mat Finlayson and Crawford made double figures but little more out for 18 and 14 respectively, Jon Graham and Art Dalgleish moved the score along towards three figures before Graham was out caught behind for 28 just before drinks, Scotland making it to the break on 3-109. Dalgleish was dismissed an over after the drinks break for 21 which brought Rob Cook to the crease to join Jim Forbes, both players batted well and made solid starts but batting was proving difficult on this nightmare of a pitch. Forbes attacked the Bermudan bowling to be our top scorer on 39 which included 5 fours and a six while Cook was out for 26. All our bowlers chipped in with valuable runs and our total was helped out by the Bermudans gifting us 26 runs in extras. Scotland scoring 226 in 47.3 overs despite being bowled out for the first time during the tournament.

This was now Scotlands big chance to advance to the semi finals of the World Cup for the first time in 14 years where they were runners up to Bangladesh in a heartbreaking 22 run loss in a high scoring final. Medium pacer Godfrey Brinkley made the initial breakthrough having Bermudan opener Les Potbury smartly stumped by Art Dalgleish for 12, right arm finger spinner Duncan Archibald is a strange looking fellow ... A wiry young man who looks like a pipe cleaner crossed with a weasel but he managed to grab the next 3 Bermudan wickets to have them 4-93 at the drinks break. Cathal Dundas, Jo Collins and Brinkley again all claimed wickets shortly after the stoppage and before long Scotland had a sniff of blood in their nostrils with the opposition now 7-113 still needing 114 for victory with only 3 tired Bermudan tail end batsmen standing between them and a spot in the semi final. The Bermudan tail tried to hang in but were no match for the Scottish spinners and the inevitable tail end collapse eventually happened with Bermuda bowled out in 40.3 overs for 142 handing the Scots an emphatic 84 run win and keeping us on top of group 1 undefeated and with the best run rate, the most runs scored and least conceded. Duncan Archibald claimed his first 5 wicket haul for his country finishing with 5-39 to be our best bowler, Brinkley and Dundas chipping in with 2 apiece while Art Dalgleish was terrific behind the sticks catching everything but swine flu finishing the game with 6 victims after taking 5 catches and a stumping and only conceding the 5 leg byes.

Our next match against the USA will now become a dead rubber as we are guaranteed to finish 1st or 2nd in the group so we will be resting what we consider to be our most important 7 players to freshen them up for the semi final, most likely against either Australia or New Zealand who are both undefeated and dominating in group 2. Batsmen Mat Finlayson and Jono Graham, wicket keeper BJ McCullum, all rounder Joey Collins, medium pacer Godfrey Brinkley and spinners Gil Angus and Cathal Dundas will given the day off and a sightseeing tour of Table Mountain has been organised.

Scotland’s final match of the group stage was against the USA and overhead conditions had gone from humid to just plain hot and the pitch was dryer than a bowl of Weetbix without milk at the Quad ground, the Scots had rested their best 7 players for this match as a win or a loss was of no consequence as the match was a dead rubber with Scotland guaranteed a top two finish and a spot in one of the two semi finals. The US captain Ross Herring won the toss and chose to bat in the spin friendly conditions. Openers Byron Wagner and Dan Elliot got the Yanks off to a good start with 49 on the board before the first wicket fell, Elliot for 28, number 3 Gerald Miller came and went quickly before Salvador Gonzalez joined Wagner at the crease and got the Yanks through to drinks at 2-100. Both players were batting well against Scotland’s 4 man spin attack with the 50 partnership coming up the over after drinks, Wagner brought up his 50 in the 29th over and the two continued on to a 100 run partnership which frustrated the Scots no end. Leg spinner Roy Allingham eventually breaking the partnership which had put on 113 when he picked up Wagner caught at long on by Dave Hassacoff for 78. Gonzalez brought up his 50 in the same over but was out shortly after caught at backward point by Ian Forde off Hassacoff’s bowling, USA now 4-182 off 42 overs. The opposition put their foot on the pedal in the final stages of the innings and several overs went for double figures, 6-252 the final total, off spinner Dave Hassacoff our best bowler with 3-43.

5 runs an over was the task ahead of the lads if they wanted a clean sweep in the group stage, Ian Forde and Mat Crawford got us off to a great start bringing up the 50 partnership in just 9.5 overs. Forde was the first to go on 39 with the score on 73. Things were looking good for the Scots as Crawford and Art Dalgleish moved the score past three figures but Crawford was stumped in the over before drinks for 45 thanks to a canny bit of bowling by the American captain. Both Rob Cook and Dalgleish fell within 6 overs of the break for 10 and 37 respectively to leave Scotland 4-143 in the 32nd over still needing 110 in the final 18 overs. Boundary hitter Jim Forbes and scrapper Laurie Gordon with a job to do now, the pair put on another 40 before Forbes was dismissed for 22 leaving Gordon to see out the game with the bowlers and still 70 needed from the last 11 overs. All rounder Dave Hassacoff tried to throw the bat but it didn’t come off, out for just 13, Dunk Archibald was in next with still 40 needed off 7 overs but Gordon was still in the middle and betting well on 39* and while he was still there Scotland still had a chance. Gordon brought up his 50 with a magnificent 6 hit straight back over the bowlers head and clearing the sight screen by some distance too, this pair were steadily knocking of the runs required and victory looked within reach with just 12 now needed off the final 4 overs. Archibald sent a scare through the Scottish camp when he was out lbw for 14 in the second last over of the match and possibly exposing the tail to a late order collapse but Roy Allingham got off the mark immediately leaving Laurie Gordon to hit the winning runs with just 8 balls to spare. Gordon finished the match on 64* from 59 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes and timing the run chase with all the precision of a Swiss timepiece, Scotland 7-253 and a fighting 3 wicket victory plus a clean sweep in the group stage. The semi final won’t get any easier for the Scots with New Zealand their next opponent who only lost 1 game to an in form Australian side who went undefeated in group 2.

Scotland arrived at the Berg under the scorching South African sun for their big semi final clash against New Zealand and found the flattest pitch they had seen in years, this looked like a batting paradise and runs were sure to flow, kiwi skipper Joey Chan won the toss and had no hesitation deciding to bat first. Scotland got off to the best possible start with Jo Collins finding the edge of kiwi opener Verdun Tunks bat to give our gloveman BJ McCullum a simple catch and see the opener off for a golden duck, our lads couldn’t believe their good fortune. Medium pacer Godfrey Brinkley’s first ball was smashed to the extra cover fence for four but drama had already began to unfold in the centre as Brinkley summoned his captain for a mid pitch conference and the team physiotherapist was called onto the ground moments later. It would appear that Brinkley had strained a groin during his first delivery but to be fair this strapping athletes career has been punctuated by injury so often he could strain a groin brushing his teeth! With no other bowling options than the 5 lads picked for today’s game Brinkley would have to suck it up, deal with the pain and continue off a shortened run up ... after all there was a spot in a World Cup final at stake. His first over went for 8 and his second for 9 as Chan and number 3 Milford Buchanan sensed a lame duck and went after him, spinner Gil Angus was thrown the ball early but his first over went for 14 and included 2 massive sixes, the second of which brought up the kiwis 50 by the end of the 7th over, this was going to be a long day in the field for the Scots! The kiwi partnership continued to grow as the two batsmen settled into their innings and the Scots had no choice but to try and keep Brinkley bowling while he was warm as he may have seized up altogether if he cooled down. Chan brought up his 50 in the 14th over and the 100 partnership came up in the 18th, Buchanan’s 50 followed in the 20th, poor Brinkley finally limped off the ground for treatment a broken man as his first 7 overs had gone for 63 runs, his teammates would need to pick up the slack. Off spinner Dave Hassacoff had started economically and eventually broke the partnership on 131 with a lovely arm ball that had Buchanan stumped for 63, Gil Angus then removed the kiwi captain three balls later for 71, the kiwis were off to a flyer but with the top 3 back in the pavilion and two new batsmen at the crease the Scots might just have found a way back into the match. New Zealand reached the drinks break at an imposing 3-149 and a 300 plus score looked likely to be on the cards. The Scots were trying hard to hold back the runs but Jamie Lowery and Kirby Robinson were now starting to make their mark in the middle, Lowery hitting Collins for 3 fours in 3 balls during the 30th over. Godfrey Brinkley limped back onto the field after receiving treatment but he wasn’t right, his next over went for 15 as the kiwis brought up the 200 in just the 32nd over. Hassacoff let another arm ball go and picked up Lowery caught behind for 30 and a shattered Brinkley limped off the field in tears an over later thinking he had cost his team a spot in the final, his 10 overs going wicketless and costing 88 runs, Scotland now down to 10 men as it was decided Brinkley would not bat in the second innings. Robinson brought up his 50 in the 35th over but leg spinner Cathal Dundas bowled him for 53 with an unplayable wrongun shortly after then had Siliva Bensley caught behind for a duck in the same over, the kiwis now 6-224, could the Scots roll through the kiwi tail and negate the damage done early? It would appear not as the next partnership put on 50 in just 41 balls before Hassacoff picked up his third wicket, New Zealand 7-275 with 6 overs to go, surely now the Scots could restrict the opposition to less than 300 with the tail the only support for Boyd Bott, the only recognised batsman left. Bott added another 18 himself before Dundas trapped Tim Southee lbw for a duck but Bott brought up his 50 an over later and took the score past 300 the over after that. Bott, a noted finisher had farmed the strike beautifully and took 17 off the final over to take his score to 80* off just 59 balls with some clean power hitting at the death, New Zealand scoring a remarkable 8-325. Cathal Dundas our best bowler with 3-43 while teenage all rounder Dave Hassacoff also picked up 3-52, our captain and wicket keeper also able to hold his head high in the carnage that unfolded with 3 catches and 2 stumpings.

Word had filtered through to the kiwi rooms that they would only need the 9 wickets for the win instead of the usual 10 as Godfrey Brinkley was now unable to stand let alone walk or bat and they hit the field full of energy and enthusiasm despite the stifling South African heat. Unbeknownst to the kiwis and unfolding at the same time our captain BJ McCullum was giving a speech in the Scottish rooms about belief, courage in the face of adversity and Scottish pride that would have brought a tear to the eye of William Wallace himself. Mat Finlayson and Ian Forde strode to the crease knowing that more than a run a ball would be needed from the word go and need to continue for the full 50 overs if they were to make the World Cup final with no time to get their eye in and settle into their innings ... No pressure! Finlayson hit Southee for four in the first over, Forde taking another off Finley in the second, a six to Finlayson off Finley in the 4th and another four to Forde off Southee in the 5th and we were away, 0-29 off 5 then the 50 partnership coming up in the 10th, still behind the run rate required but a solid start. The two hardy Scots were gaining in confidence as the runs continued to flow, Finlayson bringing up his 50 in the 15th over off just 42 balls with 5 fours and a six, the hundred partnership coming in the same over off just 91 balls with 10 fours and a six between the two batsmen, could Scotland dare to dream? No! Finlayson caught behind for 57 off 49 in leg spinner Jeremy Brogans first over then just 8 balls later Forde would be on his way too also caught behind off one of Siliva Bensleys off spinners for 47, Scotland 2-110 with two new batsmen at the crease would surely halt our momentum. Some tight bowling followed in the next few overs and our inspirational captain BJ McCullum was trapped in front lbw for just 10, this innings was starting to unfold and rapidly. Jon Graham and Rob Cook got through the next 3 overs to the drinks break and delivered a couple of counter attacking blows themselves to get us to 3-154. Scotland had managed to get themselves 5 runs ahead of the kiwis score at the drinks break on comparison to their first innings but would still need a Herculean effort to win the game from here as the week in the South African heat had drained our lads who had rarely encountered such conditions.

Cook smashed offie Gary Clutterbuck for 6 the over after the break, Graham then pulled and cut Finley for 2 more boundaries an over later and we were away again with the 50 partnership coming by the 29th over off just 42 balls. The runs continued to come and our number 3 Jono Graham brought up his 50 off 46 balls in the 33rd over, he was vital to our chances and he needed a big score if the Scots were to advance. Cook brought up his 50 with a six in the 36th over, his half century coming in just 41 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes, the century stand coming an over later off 85 balls, these two were really going now but we still needed 100 runs off the final 14 overs, surely this was a bridge too far! The two continued to throw the bat with reckless abandon until the partnership was broken for 121 with Cook bowled by kiwi quick Finley for 63 bringing Laurie Gordon to the centre with 77 still needed from 11 overs. Gordon offered a chance off Southee with only 6 runs beside his name but Buchanan fumbled the ball and let him off, how crucial would this be in the wash up. A mix up of epic proportions unfolded in the 45th over with Gordon calling yes but meaning no and having our number 3 run out for a run a ball 82 with 37 still required from 32 balls and now only 4 wickets in hand with Brinkley unable to bat. Thankfully Scotland have one of the best young all rounders in world cricket and a collective shiver went down the spine of every New Zealander on the ground and in the stands at the sight of Jo Collins as he entered the playing arena looking every bit a gladiator marching into a colosseum and ready for a fight to the death. Collins punched the first ball he faced through the covers with confidence and was off the mark with a 3, 14 runs came off the next over, 12 of them to the big all rounder including 2 boundaries, another 10 came the over after, 6 of those to Collins with another boundary. Scotland had got themselves into an unbeatable position now with just 5 runs needed from the final 3 overs, Laurie Gordon was the batsman who hit the winning runs to take Scotland into the World Cup final with a 2 through the covers taking his score to 38 off 30 while Collins at the other end had bludgeoned 22 off just 8 balls. Scotland chasing down the mammoth New Zealand total scoring 5-326 with 15 balls to spare creating utter pandemonium amongst the tartan army in the grandstands in a game that will go down in the annals of Scottish cricket folklore as one of the gutsiest victories of all time.

40 years! 40 very long years, that’s how long it’s been since Scotland have had their hands on a World Cup trophy and 14 years since they were last in a final, ironically that was against today’s opponent Bangladesh who got the better of us that day but the Scots would leave no stone unturned to reverse that result this time. Mukti Park was the venue for this momentous occasion and the South African weather gods had turned the heat up again ... 43 degrees in the shade! Our wee ginger haired lads with pale blue skin had never experienced such hellish conditions. The one pitch we didn’t want to see when we arrived at the ground was a green top but that’s exactly what we got, our squad was picked solely on the pitches we knew were facing in the group stages which all favoured spin so our squad only had the one medium pacer in it, Godfrey Brinkley, and he had done his groin in the semi final and still hadn’t recovered, we would have liked to have taken at least one more trundler with us on this tour but options in the Scottish medium pace bowling department are thinner than the garments hanging in Calista Flockhart’s walk in robe at the moment. Scotland were up against it before a ball had been bowled. Our only chance of victory would be to win the toss, bat first, put up a decent total and try and keep the Bangladeshis out in the scorching heat for the full 50 overs and hope to create enough run rate pressure that we could roll through them late in the second innings. Our captain BJ McCullum called tails and watched the coin as it spun through the air as if it were in slow motion, it hit the ground, bounced then rolled down the wicket wobbling from side to side before it eventually dropped on its side ... tails! “We’ll have a hit thanks.” McCullum said with a slight grin, maybe Scotland did have a chance. Openers Mat Finlayson and vice captain Mat Crawford strode out to the centre knowing the job they needed to do, score at least 200, 250 if possible, anything more than that would be a bonus. Things didn’t start the way we wanted them to with our gun opener Finlayson feathering an edge through to the keeper on 7, Crawford and Jon Graham were cautious and advanced the score past 50 but maybe they were too cautious, Crawford out lbw to the big Bangladesh quick Adib Alam for 31 then Graham was caught behind off fellow quick Gangadeep Rayudu for 24, Scotland now 3-74 in the 20th over and only 3 boundaries had been struck, this final wasn’t going to plan. Jim Forbes joined Art Dalgleish in the centre, this partnership needed to gel and the run rate needed to head North and fast, they took the score to 3-101 by drinks with Dalgleish on 22* and Forbes on 9 * not a bad position but we’d need to get cracking in the second half of the innings. The pair began to find the fence in the next few overs and the 50 partnership came up in the 30th over, the Bangladesh bowlers were beginning to feel the heat in more ways than one as our lads continued to attack, Dalgleish bringing up his 50 in the 36th over off 57 balls with 5 fours and a six, the 100 partnership came up in the same over and an over later Forbes brought up his 50 at a run a ball and also with 5 fours and a six. The message came out from the rooms to put the pedal down as the opposition bowlers were clearly beginning to wilt, 36 runs came in the next 3 overs as our boys began to flay the attack, Scotland now 3-216 with 10 overs to go and 6 wickets in hand. Left arm quick Dishant Ganguly found the edge of Jim Forbes bat and had him caught behind for 70 ending the partnership on 144. The scene was now set for our inspirational skipper to put the sword through the heart of the Bangladeshis and go big in the final few overs but disaster struck first ball with Ganguly hitting BJ on the pads and the umpires finger went up instantly, this was a tragic blow to the Scots as the ball was clearly heading down the leg side and would have missed the stumps by a considerable margin, all McCullum could do was shake his head at the pathetic decision and accept his fate as he returned to the sheds without a run to his name. Ganguly struck again in his next over removing the dangerous Dalgleish lbw for a terrific innings of 75 and this left the Scots in a precarious position at 6-229 with just our tail left to see out the final 7 overs. Jo Collins couldn’t repeat his big hitting heroics from the semi final and edged one behind for just 7 giving Ganguly his fifth wicket, Scotland 7-234 now and in danger of being dismissed for a sub par score, Cathal Dundas was caught behind in the next over for 15 leaving Gil Angus and Roy Allingham to finish the job and thanks to some lusty hitting managed to add another 38 to the score, Angus with 21* off 16 and Allingham with 12* taking the Scotland score to 8-278, a good score in a final but could we defend it with an attack that wasn’t really suited to the conditions.

Scotland took the field in an upbeat mood with a good total on the board, runs on the board in a final are worth their weight in gold and with 279 to defend we felt like very wealthy men. BJ McCullum is the best wicket keeper in Scotland but gave the gloves to his deputy Art Dalgleish for this innings so he could concentrate solely on the captaincy, a bold move but it is said that fortune often favours the brave, McCullum is a decent ground fielder, better than Dalgleish so we wouldn’t be disadvantaged in the field. Doug Black and Jo Collins opened the bowling for the Scots but the Bangladesh openers Ravi Chawla and Dishant Rao weren’t troubled by the two paceman and got off to a good start, the first wicket didn’t fall until off spinner Gil Angus was thrown the ball in the 9th over removing Chawla for 23 but the score had already passed 50. Sreesanth Singh joined Rao at the crease who was giving us problems with his fluent stokeplay, leg spinner Cathal Dundas was brought into the attack earlier than expected and had immediate effect removing the plucky little Bangladesh keeper for 48 thanks to a sharp bit of work by Dalgleish stumping his opposite number, Bangladesh now 2-88 but it was just after the 16th over, they really were going after this total. Alok Hossain and Singh continued to throw the bat and advance the score at a rate the Scots weren’t completely comfortable with, the hundred coming up in the 19th over, maybe taking 3 spinners into the final on a green pitch was about to backfire badly. 2 deliveries in 8 balls before the drinks break would swing some of the momentum back Scotland’s way with Angus trapping Singh lbw for 25 then Allingham clean bowled Hossain for 19, two very timely wickets for the Scots, Bangladesh now 4-125 at drinks with two new batsmen at the crease but well ahead of our score at the same point. Scotland formed a tight huddle at the drinks breaks, our lads were sunburned and sore and the final was in the balance, BJ McCullum looked every one of his teammates in the eye and asked them how bad they wanted this title, asked what they were prepared to do to get it and reminded them that pain is temporary but glory is forever! Another stirring rev up from this once in a generation leader. Bangladesh took their score to 4-148 before Dundas had Bangladesh captain Vivek Rawant caught at first slip by his club teammate Mat Crawford for 16, a great moment for the pair and a huge wicket for Scotland. This brought Piyush Reddy to the wicket, a noted finisher batting at 7 is always a threat and he would become the lone wicket standing between Scotland and greatness. Jo Collins was brought back into the attack and had the all rounder Karanveer Srinath caught behind for 23 with the score at 6-182, Bangladesh now needing 97 to win from 17 overs but the big hitting Reddy already on 20* from just 13 balls. Reddy took 7 off the next over while 3 came off the next, 87 now required from 15 overs and with Reddy on 28* anything was possible. Roy Allingham drew a false shot from Reddy and a regulation catch flew to Mat Finlayson who is usually a reliable catch in the field but couldn’t hold this one letting Reddy off the hook ... Had Mat Finlayson just dropped the World Cup for Scotland? Allingham was in disbelief as this chance went begging but the sharp mind of a leg spinner never stops ticking, figuring Reddy would still be a bit rattled after his close call he delivered his next delivery from well behind the bowling crease and deceiving the batsman who had his middle stump pegged back and the Scots went berserk, the danger man out for 28 and only 3 tired Bangladesh bowlers to remove with 87 runs to play with. Gil Angus struck twice in the 39th over having Saurabh Gony stumped for 5 and Alam trapped in front for 6, one wicket remained and 74 runs for the opposition with 11 overs to go. Rayudu and Ganguly poked around for a few overs but in reality they were no chance of scoring the runs needed and the inevitable eventually happened when Ganguly chipped a regulation catch to our big quick Doug Black who held on to the simple chance off Allingham giving him his third wicket as the Scots went cock-a-hoop! Bangladesh all out for 215 in the 42nd over and Scotland had broken a 40 year drought with a 63 run victory. It was sheer madness in the centre with players hugging, jumping, running, punching the air, screaming and yelling in pure jubilation, this would go on for some time as other members of the Scottish squad, management and support staff joined in the chaos, Godfrey Brinkley even rolled out to the centre in a wheelchair and started doing doughnuts on the pitch such was the altered state of his bent mind due to the strong pain medication he was on.

The dodgy lbw decision and a first ball duck against his name on the scorecard of a World Cup final forever meant nothing to BJ McCullum as he lifted the silverware high above his head to the sound of the tartan army chanting the words “You are a Legend!” as the Queen classic We Are The Champions rang out around the grounds sound system. Scotland had done it ... World Champions!

From the moment I was elected manager of the Scottish under 20 national team this tournament was my long term goal and bringing young players into the squad to give them two seasons worth of international exposure looks like it has paid off handsomely. Angus, Black, Collins and Dundas amongst others were only 18 when we started this journey and they probably weren’t quite ready for the level initially but the more we played them the better they got. Thanks to all the managers that have given up their players over the past two seasons for the Scottish cause, I hope you all feel part of this knowing you were a contributing factor to us winning this World Cup. A shout out to my former mentor Ragingbull for giving me a chance as his assistant 8 seasons ago and paving the way for me to take over the squad when he thought the time was right, it was! Thanks also to my current assistant manager JimmytheToump who is a bottomless well when it comes knowledge on the game of cricket and match day tactics, we shall celebrate in style my friend. “Up the thistle!”

Player performances for the Under 20 One Day World Cup in South Africa.

Batsmen :

Rob Cook : 5 matches, 5 innings, 151 runs @ 30.2 and was outstanding in the semi final win against New Zealand with a high score of 63, made double figure scores in 4 of his 5 innings.

Mat Crawford :5 matches, 4 innings, 158 runs @ 39.5 with a high score of 68 against the West Indies, 1 catch. Vice captain who took control of the team twice for wins against the West Indies and Bermuda and was a consistent run scorer with the bat making double figures in every innings.

Mat Finlayson : 5 matches, 5 innings for 166 runs @ 33.2 and scored 50’s against the Netherlands and New Zealand with a high score of 71 in a 207 run opening partnership against the Dutch.

Jim Forbes : Our leading run scorer in the tournament with 275 runs @ 55 and strike rate of 95.16. Smashed a magnificent hundred in the opening game scoring 131 and was part of a double century opening stand with Mat Finlayson against the Dutch to kick start our tour and finished with 70 in the final against Bangladesh and part of another 144 run stand with Art Dalgleish. 1 catch.

Laurie Gordon : 5 games, 4 innings, 3 not outs, 166 runs @ 166 with a high score of 64* against the USA, a revelation batting at number 6 getting us home every time he was asked to and finished with our best batting average and a strike rate of 122.96. 1 catch.

Jon Graham : 5 matches, 5 innings, 1 not out, 212 runs @ 53 with a best of 82 in the semi final against New Zealand, scored another 50 against the West Indies, 2 catches. Took great delight in seeking out the Sri Lankan television broadcast box showing off his World Cup winners medal and giving them a fearful spray live on air after they had labelled him an overrated hoax of a batsman during our division 1 one day tour there last season where he’d failed to live up to expectations.

Ian Forde : 4 games, 4 innings, 163 runs @ 40.75 with a high score of 47 getting us off to a great start against New Zealand in the semi final, super consistent with scores of 39, 38, 39 and 47 and was our best fielder with 6 catches.

Wicket Keepers :

Art Dalgleish : 4 games, 4 innings, 145 runs @ 36.25 and top scored in the final with an attacking innings of 75 which changed the momentum of the match, captained the match against the USA for a victory and great behind the stumps with 9 catches and 4 stumpings.

BJ McCullum : Our inspirational leader was below his best with the bat with just 48 runs from 4 innings @ 16., only kept in 3 of his 4 games taking 6 catches and 3 stumpings but gave some of the most inspirational speeches heard in many years and will retire a Scottish World Cup winning captain.

All Rounders :

Dunk Archibald : 3 matches, 5 wickets for 133 @ 26.6 with a best of 5-39 against Bermuda. 2 innings for 18 runs @ 9 with a high score of 14 against the USA, 1 catch.

Jo Collins :5 matches, 4 innings, 47 runs @ 23.5 with a high score of 22* from 9 balls to put us into the final. 5 wickets for 227 @ 45.4 with a best of 1-24 against Bermuda, took a wicket in all 5 matches he played but the spin friendly surfaces didn’t really suit him. A magnificent presence on the field and has an aura of greatness surrounding him which will continue to haunt opposition teams as long as he is in the team.

Dave Hassacoff : 4 matches, 12 wickets for 171 @ 14.25 and a strike rate of 18.5 with a best of 4-54 against the West Indies, took 3 wickets or better 3 times. 2 innings for 24 runs @ 12 with a best of 13 against the USA, 1 catch. Still only 19 and looks to be the next big thing in Scot5ish cricket as he had the best bowling average and strike rate of all our bowlers.

Bowlers :

Roy Allingham : 3 matches, 8 wickets for 142 @ 17.75 and strike rate of 20.75 with a best of 3-33 in the final against Bangladesh, 2 unbeaten innings of 1* and 12* again his best effort in the final, 2 catches. Very much the understudy to Cathal Dundas but performed admirably when given his chance and performed well in the final claiming the wicket that won us the title.

Gil Angus : 5 matches, 9 wickets for 189 runs @ 21 and a strike rate of 28.44 with a best of 4-23 against Bangladesh in the group stage and came back to haunt them once again being our best bowler with 4-37 in the final, was our most economical bowler in the tournament with an economy rate of 4.43 runs an over. 3 innings for 50 runs and only dismissed once with a best of 21* in the final, 1 catch.

Doug Black : Just the 3 wickets from 4 matches @ 62.33 with a best of 2-41 against the West Indies but still very much the leader of the attack1 innings of 5* off 7 against Bangladesh in the group stage and held the catch that brought the World Cup back to Scotland.

Godfrey Brinkley : 4 matches and only 2 wickets for 190 @ 90 with a best of 2-32 against Bermuda. 1 innings of 7* off 8 balls also against Bermuda. Wicketless in 3 of his 4 games, economical against Bangladesh and Bermuda but the kiwis took him apart with 0-88 in the semi final.

Cathal Dundas : 5 matches, 11 wickets for 187 @ 17 and a strike rate of 22.36 with a best of 3-27 against Bangladesh in the group stage, 34 runs @ 11.33 with a best of 15 in the final. An absolute stalwart of Scottish cricket who finishes his career third on the all time wicket takers list for his country with 39 scalps behind only the great Kirk Kelly (63) and Henry “The Freak” Fairley (41).

James Fairbairn : 2 matches, 5 wickets for 89 @ 17.8 with a best of 4-46 against the Netherlands. A solid effort in his 2 games but was often overlooked at selection meetings due to his lack of endurance which was seen as a liability in the humid and hot conditions.
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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun Jun 13, 2021 7:57 am

It was a big week for Scottish cricket this week as the national elections took place, I, Martymac nominated for a second term and was faced with two other candidates wanting a shot at the top job, Smokez and Giash11 entered the race but both failed to follow the election rules and in the end I was elected unopposed for a second term in charge thanks largely to a win in the one day World Cup which sealed the deal amongst the Scottish punters. Thanks to everyone that voted to keep me on as the manager for another term. I will do my best to continue to keep Scottish cricket in a strong position and hopefully we can put a few more trophies in the cabinet over the next two seasons. Congratulations to all the managers that secured the votes of the people in their countries, I’m looking forward to continuing to build the rivalry between our nations with a few familiar names re-elected.

As mentioned in my election speech I am looking at bringing in another assistant manager to try and keep Scotland in a strong position going forward, anyone interested in this position and meeting the following criteria should contact me in the coming week.

A). A passion for Scottish youth cricket.
B). A youth team and/or an affiliate team full of Scottish youth players.
C). A willingness to continue to pull Scottish youth players in both teams weekly.
D). Previous experience as a manager or assistant in a successful national team.
E). Good communication skills.

The successful World Cup squad stayed on in South Africa to celebrate our victory under the guidance of assistant manager JimmytheToump who is no stranger to a drink and a good time, as a result we gave the lads this week off and no friendly matches were played.

Several of our players will finish their time in the national squad over the next few weeks, Gil Angus, Doug Black, Cathal Dundas, James Fairbairn, Jim Forbes and Ian Forde all left the squad last week and all with World Cup winners medallions hanging around their necks, Mat Crawford, Mat Finlayson and BJ McCullum will leave this week also as World Cup champions, as will Roy Allingham, Dunk Archibald and Art Dalgleish the week after leaving a massive hole in our squad with all 12 being involved in our successful World Cup campaign. This will mean a fresh set of faces will make their way into the squad over the coming weeks, best of luck to all the boys who are selected to step up and represent their country, we are happy to hear from all our lads managers regarding their players, their place in the squad or give advice on training to get the best out of their player and give them the best shot at a national tour.

In other news the One Day World Cup has been engraved and delivered and is now behind lock and key amongst our ever growing collection of trophies in the cabinet at our headquarters in Bannockburn, feel free to drop in and have a look, take a selfie in front of our latest piece of silverware or take a guided tour through our state of the art facility, stay for a meal and a few drinks and spend a few quid in our merchandise shop.

Up the thistle!
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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by JimmytheToump » Sat Jun 19, 2021 9:46 am

My apologies for the delayed reply, I have only just arrived home from South Africa due to the drinking exploits of our successful World Cup winning youngsters and a sea urchin placed in my luggage by Laurie Gordon. The South Africans are a most hospitable race yet very strict when it comes to border customs. I must give a large congratulations to our main man MartyMac, his tactical wizardry, player identification, training regimes and all round dedication to Scottish youth cricket are unparalleled. To take a rag tag bunch of Scottish delinquents from the heroin filled streets of Glasgow and turn them into world champions is the stuff of legend, no doubt documentary film makers the world over will be clamouring for the rights to this epic tale. I am however disappointed at the lack of recognition for this astonishing feat, both from within the Scottish community and from the FTP community at large. Every major international trophy is fawned about and praised by the hierarchy yet Scotland’s triumph has been largely ignored. I hope the insular culture of internet gaming and the politics that lie within have not contributed to this travesty. Kudos to you MartyMac, you have single handedly transformed a nation of young men and set a precedent for generations to follow, with nothing more than a drunken assistant and a second hand kitbag. Up the mighty thistle!

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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:44 pm

Nice to have you back Jim and thank you for your complimentary words regarding our World Cup victory, your boundless energy, thoughts on the game and the lateral thinking you bring to Scottish cricket behind the scenes should not be underestimated either and our World Cup win was very much a true team effort and would not have been achieved without your assistance over the past two seasons. And fear not old mate as many of our Scottish managers did also send congratulatory messages my way via private mail after our recent triumph, however, it would be nice to see a few more contributions to this thread.

Scotland were graciously invited by New Zealand to open the new season with a one day friendly on their home turf, it was a sunny day and a sticky wicket had been prepared, New Zealand captain Raydon Major won the toss and elected to bat first. Kiwi openers Nathan Astle and Morris Berghan got off to a solid start putting on 40 for the first wicket before Jo Collins struck with the final ball of his opening spell removing Berghan caught for 19. Dave Hassacoff was then thrown the ball and had immediate success removing both Astle for 17 and number 4 Milford Buchanan for a third ball duck in his opening over leaving the kiwis now at 3-40 and the hard work by the openers had been undone. Alec Allenson and kiwi keeper Tonie Schultz then got the home team through to drinks at 3-92. This partnership would put on 61 before Hassacoff broke the stand removing Allanson lbw for 29. The kiwi captain then joined his keeper in the middle and put on another 56 runs taking the score to 5-157 before Major was caught and bowled by quick Hugh Ford for 31. Schultz played a lone hand from that point on as Scotland rolled through the New Zealand tail with relative ease dismissing the opposition for 199 in the second last over of the innings, Schultz the final man to go for a well made 67. Scotland were clearly still feeling the effects of the week long celebrations after winning the under 20 one day World Cup and didn’t help themselves dropping 5 catches and giving away 22 extras, Dave Hassacoff held his head up high taking his first five wicket haul for Scotland with 5-37.

Scotland’s new opening partnership of Cathal and Ninian Allan didn’t get us off to the start we wanted them to with both lads back in the pavilion for just 16 runs, Jono Graham and new keeper Luke Baxter joined them shortly afterwards leaving Scotland at 4-53 in the 16th over but we did manage to get through to drinks without the loss of another wicket, 4-87, just 5 runs behind the kiwis at the same point but with one extra wicket lost. Laurie Gordon and new captain Rob Chalmers put on the best partnership of the Scotland innings with a 47 run stand for the 5th wicket taking our total to 100 before Gordon fell for 26 leaving us with a job to do. Scotland had picked some strong all rounders in this line up in an attempt to bat deeper in the bowler friendly conditions but this didn’t help us today as Collins, debutant Sandy Burns and Hassacoff all fell in quick succession and all for single figures leaving us in deep trouble at 8-105, the kiwis had broken the back of our innings now with just Chalmers and the the two tail enders Ford and Allingham to come. Chalmers played the anchor role as the two tail enders swung the bat at the other end but the inevitable result became reality for New Zealand as they bowled us out for just 154 in the 43rd over, Chalmers top scoring for Scotland with a solid 46 not out, New Zealand winning by 45 runs.

Scotland had 4 new faces in the team today, opener Ninian Allan, middle order batsman Rob Chalmers, wicket keeper Luke Baxter and medium pace all rounder Sandy Burns. It wasn’t a great day for making a debut as an opening batsman today with Ninian Allan making just 5 runs but did hold a catch in the field. Rob Chalmers was terrific top scoring with 46* and captained the team well, unfortunately 5 dropped catches had a large effect on the final outcome of the match which was beyond his control. Wicket keeper Luke Baxter looked good while at the crease making 20 off 46 with a four and a six, he held one catch while in the field but did give away 11 byes and 6 leg byes which was costly. Medium pacer Sandy Burns missed out with the bat making only 1 but took 2-42 with the ball and held onto 2 catches in the field.

Australia arrived at Bannockburn for our Saturday friendly under an overcast sky and found a dry pitch had been prepared, JimmytheToump was back from his South African sojourn and temporary stay in the company of border control officials to take charge of the team. Scottish captain Art Dalgleish won the toss and chose to bat first in a match that many pundits had labelled the World Cup final that should have been. Our new opening partnership of Cathal and Ninian Allan put on 33 for the first wicket before Ninian was trapped in front for 17, Cathal fell for 32 in the 16th over with the score on 2-59. Dalgleish and Rob Cook took the score to 2-96 by the drinks break with the lads on 20* and 16* respectively. The pair had put on 84 for the third wicket when Cook was out lbw for 40 in the 38th over with the score on 3-143. Dalgleish brought up his 50 in the 41st over then began to throw the bat hitting leg spinner Josh Zachariah for two enormous sixes an over later. Jono Graham came and went for 15 and Dalgleish was caught behind for 80, a good solid captains knock. Laurie Gordon and Dave Hassacoff fell for 15 and 8 while the tail added a few more to take our score to 7-230, not a bad score but maybe 20 short of what we would have liked yet a defendable score if our spinners bowled well.

The Aussie openers, captain Michael Cairns and Cooper Maplestone put on 47 for the opening stand before Maplestone fell for 20, Jonathan Butts then joined his captain in the centre and they added another 74 for the second wicket before Ramsey Denness bowled the Aussie skipper for 62, Australia made it to drinks on 2-126, well ahead of the run rate and looking comfortably in control of the match. Cathal Allan pulled off a superb run out to see the back of Butts but wicket keeper Dawson Saxbee was looking well set at the other end. The Scots managed to slow the run rate in the second half of the run chase and grabbed another 2 wickets but Saxbee saw the Aussies home with a well made half century securing the win for his team with 4 overs to spare and 5 wickets in hand. Scotland created enough chances to win this game but were their own worst enemy in the field dropping 4 catches and missing a run out.

Not a great week for our all conquering World Cup winning side but New Zealand and Australia are both quality outfits and both made the semi finals of the recent one day World Cup so there is no shame in dropping these matches. As is sometimes the case when bringing new talent into the squad the fielding levels aren’t always as high with the new players compared to the more experienced players they have just replaced as 9 dropped catches and a missed run out in these two matches will attest but we have time to work on this over the coming weeks.

Player Profile :

Name : Paul Ferguson

Role : Wicket Keeper and Right Hand Batsman

Nickname : Fergie.

Cricketing Hero : Rod Marsh.

Hobbies : Playing my piano accordion and watching Shinty.

Favourite Food : Roast Lamb.

Favourite Drink : Tea.

Favourite Music : Scissor Sisters.

Person Most Admired : Hugh Hefner.

Favourite Book : On Laughton Moor - Lisa Hartley.

Favourite Holiday Location : Isle of Skye.

Worst teammate to room with : Luke Baxter … Always inviting others back to our room for all night parties!
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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun Jun 27, 2021 9:08 am

Scotland invited the West Indies to Bannockburn for our midweek friendly this week, a team we have had some terrific tussles with over the past few seasons, conditions on the day were overcast and an uneven pitch had been prepared. Scottish captain Ninian Allan won the toss and after a few moments of indecision eventually chose to bat, a decision he would soon regret as he called for a suicidal single on the second ball of the match and was run out without scoring. Cathal Allan and Jono Graham advanced the score to 49 before Allan was out for 26, Laurie Gordon came and went for 15 and Scotland made it to drinks at 3-82 with just the 5 boundaries being scored, the Windies quicks proving difficult to get away in the pace friendly conditions. Graham fell for 34 just after drinks as did teenage debutant Rich Knox for only 3, Scotland now 5-96 and in deep trouble. Wicket keeper Luke Baxter and all rounder Joey Collins now with some work to do and thankfully the pair managed to put on 97 for the 6th wicket partnership, Baxter the only Scotsman to pass 50 with 58 from 67 balls, this was his first half century for his country in just his second game. Collins just missed out on his half ton, out for 46 from 53, our lads finishing the innings at 7-217 and probably short of a par score by 20 odd runs.

Scotland had a few new faces in the attack today, Ramsey Clark, a left arm fast medium new ball bowler opened the bowling with Jo Collins and had immediate impact removing both opener Max Francis and number 3 Dan Hinds in his opening spell for 11 and 6 respectively. He wasn’t finished there either as after a brief rest he was brought back into the attack and then took care of opener Fred Murray and Kishore Gittens for 31 and 1, Murray was out handled ball so technically Clark wasn’t credited with the wicket but he certainly caused it, West Indies now 4-88 and Scotland back in with a chance, Clark with 3-11 off 6 overs at this stage. Just as Scotland’s middle order had rallied in their innings so to did the Windies with Ralph Ramdass and keeper Adrian Anthony putting on 60 for the 5th wicket when Ramdass fell for 51, this opened the door slightly for the Scots who then grabbed two more quick wickets to have the opposition 7-171 and still needing 47 runs in the last 12 overs. Unfortunately for the Scots the West Indian keeper, Anthony, showed his class in this innings and guided his team to a 3 wicket victory with a classy 69*, Scotland unable to finish the innings off as they would have liked and 32 extras in the total didn’t help our cause.

On a more positive note no chances were missed in the field this innings so that was a step in the right direction and we also had 3 players on debut, Rich Knox, an 18 year old batting prodigy with a skilled technique who sadly missed out on a dream debut only making 3 runs but did take a catch in the field. As already mentioned Ramsey Clark starred with 3-24 off his 10 overs and Harry Aitchison, a right arm fast medium old ball bowler was tidy with 1-30 off his 7 overs.

Sri Lanka were our opponent for Saturday’s friendly match on a hot day at Bannockburn and with both a crumbling pitch and a drunken assistant manager in JimmytheToump left in charge to contend with, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat. The opening partnership put on 52 runs before we managed our first breakthrough, Hugh Ford with the wicket of Hetuhami Saravanamuttu for 24, Dave Hassacoff then removed Sri Lankan captain Mahinda Kudavidanage for 43 before Ford struck again claiming their number 3 Dharmadasa Janaka for 23, Sri Lanka 3-115 at drinks and already looking to be in complete control of the game. Number 4 Mat Needham looked completely untroubled and finished the innings on 91* as the opposition put us to the sword in an uninspiring display in the second half of the innings. Sri Lanka scoring 7-260 in the bowler friendly conditions, Hassacoff was our best bowler with 3-43, Ford grabbed 2 top order wickets but was erratic, Jo Collins and Godfrey Brinkley were serviceable but went wicketless while Ramsey Denness was disappointing and was hit to all parts of the ground and returned match figures of 1-85 in conditions that suited him perfectly.

Our captain Ninian Allan failed once again, out lbw for 6 and his place as an opening batsman must now be in jeopardy as he has scored just 28 runs from 4 innings at an average of 7. Cathal Allan and Jono Graham put on 41 for the second wicket before Graham was bowled for 19 then Laurie Gordon fell for a duck an over later leaving us at 3-49 and in deep trouble. Teenage batsman Rich Knox also fell before the drinks break for 11 as we limped to the interval at 4-87 and well behind the rate required. Opener Cathal Allan batted well to top score with 45 but when he was dismissed with the score at 5-107 Scotland were up against it. Keeper Luke Baxter looked good for his 33 and Collins and Hassacoff both made double figures but things unravelled pretty rapidly in the second half of the run chase and Scotland were bowled out in 42.3 overs for 178 handing Sri Lanka an 82 run win. This was a bad loss for Scotland as we out rated our opponents in all areas of the game except spin bowling but full credit to our opponent on a fine victory.

It has been a poor start to the new season for our lads with 4 straight losses to start our season, admittedly all against division 1 opposition and with some experimental tactics but losses none the less. Did our lads celebrate our World Cup victory just a little too vigorously or perhaps the retirements of the 12 members of our World Cup winning squad in just 3 weeks has left a larger hole in our group than we thought it might.

As far as the search for the second assistant manager is concerned the position is still available and very much open but we don’t feel we have found the right candidate at this stage, if anyone else is still interested in the position that is yet to contact me please feel free to do so.

Player Profile :

Name : Hugh Ford.

Role : Right arm fast bowler and general team intimidator.

Nickname : Henry.

Cricketing Hero : Brett Lee.

Hobbies : Flying kites and making origami animals.

Favourite Food : Chinese.

Favourite Drink : Beer.

Favourite Music : Green Day.

Person Most Admired : Michael Chang.

Favourite Book : Peri-Peri Chicken - A C.I.A. Conspiracy by Keith Chegwin.

Favourite Holiday Location : South East Asia.

Worst teammate to room with : Jo Collins, nothing against him but he’s massive and just takes up so much room.
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Scotland Under 20 Assistant Manager Seasons 40-45.

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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun Jul 04, 2021 2:28 pm

Scotland were coming off a 4 game losing streak to start the new season and the prospect of facing another cricketing powerhouse in South Africa on a flat track at Bannockburn did nothing to ease the nerves in the Scotland coaching box especially with the South Africans winning the toss and choosing to bat first. Fast bowlers Hugh Ford, Ramsey Clark and Joey Collins all unsuccessfully tried to remove the South African openers who had taken the score past 50 inside 11 overs before debutant off spinner Gerald Berrington struck the opening blow for the Scots removing Alois Mapeza, caught behind for 30 in just his second over in national colours. Laurence Blignaut was run out for 24 in the 21st over and the Proteas made it through to drinks at 2-134 with opener Petrus Schaefer and Ryk den Bakker on 55 and 17 respectively and a 300 plus total looked likely unless the Scottish bowlers could find a way to breakthrough in the second half of the innings. No matter what combination of bowlers Scotland tried wickets proved to be illusive until Schaefer was bowled by Dave Hassacoff on 95, South Africa now 3-213 with 13 overs to go. Matt Moderna joined in the run fest putting on 107 runs for the 4th wicket in less than 10 overs, den Bakker was deceived by Hassacoff and stumped by Paul Ferguson on 99, just a single run shy of what would have been his first ton for his country but Moderna went berserk at the death scoring 86 off just 43 balls taking the South African total to an incredible 4-365 and Scotland staring down the barrel of a 5th consecutive loss. Dave Hassacoff was Scotland’s most successful bowler but also it’s most expensive with 2-89.

Scotland brought a new opener into this match, Murray Gowans, who was added to the squad earlier in the week and the prospect of chasing down 7 runs an over from the word go didn’t seem to phase him in the slightest as he and regular opener Cathal Allan went about their business of setting a decent platform to try and set up a successful run chase. The pair got after the opposition from the word go bringing up the 50 in just 6.4 overs, Gowans reached his debut 50 in the 13th over with the 100 partnership coming up an over later but the stand was broken on 125 with Gowans out for an impressive 66 which included 7 fours. Jono Graham joined Allan at the crease and Allans 50 came up a few overs later, the pair seeing Scotland through to drinks at 1-162 and well on track for an unlikely but miraculous victory. The 50 partnership came up in the 28th over and just 4 overs later Allan brought up his first century in the navy blue and white, the 100 partnership came up off the final ball of the 35th over but Allan was out for 114 an over later, scored off 113 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes, this left Scotland needing 133 runs in the final 14 overs, an unlikely scenario with another debutant coming to the crease. Ewan Dundas is a smart cricketer with a good cricket brain and the Scottish manager had seen enough during training to hand him the captaincy in his first game for his country, he and Graham would need almost 10 an over from this point on if the Scots were to salute. Graham brought up his 50 in the 40th over and the 50 partnership came up an over later off just 31 balls. Graham began to hit out in the final stages but went across the line once too often and gave a return catch to leg spinner Tawanda Maraire on 93 leaving Scotland with 37 still to get in the final 5 overs, Laurie Gordon joined Dundas at the crease and the pair methodically picked off the required runs with just 2 balls to spare with Dundas undefeated on 53 and Gordon on 17, a remarkable run chase and an incredible 7 wicket win. Even more remarkable was the fact that their was two debutants in the top 4 batsman and this was also the 9th highest score Scotland had ever made.

A great win by the lads to finally get our season rolling and the three new boys all played a part, teenage off spinner Gerald Berrington picked up a wicket in his first game finishing with 1-76 from his 10 overs, a little expensive but to be fair the pitch was an absolute highway. Opener Murray Gowans scored 66 off 63 balls with 7 fours and was involved in a 125 run opening stand while Ewan Dundas not only captained the team to a stunning victory but finished the game off with a well made 53* off 34 balls.

Canada were our opponent for the Saturday friendly, JimmytheToump was in charge and we were playing on the same pitch we played on in Wednesday’s game, Rob Chalmers was given the captaincy, he won the toss and chose to send the Canadians in hoping we could repeat the run scoring heroics of our midweek match. Our quick bowlers struggled to find their line and length early and the Canadian openers took full advantage of that seeing off Hugh Ford, Ramsey Clark and Joey Collins, the hundred partnership was brought up in the 15th over and the first breakthrough didn’t come until finger spinner Dave Hassacoff was introduced into the attack having Rolando Foley caught behind by Luke Baxter for 66 and ending the opening stand on 133. Canada making it through to drinks on 1-152 with Canadian captain Nigel McClennan looking dangerous on 53 not out and another monster score looming. Hassacoff struck twice more in his 5th over removing both Patrick Bowles for 25 and Omarion Knowles for a first ball duck, Canada now 3-177 in the 29th over. McClennan brought up his hundred in the 36th over as well as the 50 partnership with Duncan Elliot and the Scots were under pressure once again. Elliot was trapped in front by Ford for 24 but McClennan continued to throw the bat and brought up his 150 in the 45th over but Hassacoff removed him two overs later for a superb captains knock of 159 off 139 with 15 fours and 3 sixes in a fine display of clean hitting. Canada finishing their 50 overs on 5-344, not as many as South Africa made on Wednesday but still a huge score for the Scots to chase down. Hassacoff our best bowler once again with 4-67.

Murray Gowans and Cathal Allan put on a century stand midweek but couldn’t get going with any fluency on this occasion, the opening stand broken on 38 with Gowans out for 15, Jono Graham followed him back to the pavilion just 2 overs later for a disappointing innings of only 2. Allan was looking solid for us and brought up his 50 off just 43 balls in the 13th over having already hit 5 fours and 2 sixes. Chalmers was out for 21 in the 21st over but Allan and Laurie Gordon saw us through to drinks on 3-138 still needing 207 to win in the second half of the innings but with Allan still in and looking good on 84 not out anything was possible. Boundaries began to flow after the break and the 50 partnership came up in the 29th over off just 44 balls while an over later Allan brought up his third ton in just 4 days, one for his club and two for his country. Filled with confidence now the pair brought up the 100 partnership off just 79 balls in the 35th over but unfortunately a mix up between the two ended in the run out of Gordon for 42 and ending the fourth wicket stand on 109. Wicket keeper Luke Baxter didn’t last as long as he would have liked out for only 5 and with Scotland still needing 116 from the final 11 overs. Jo Collins signalled his intentions early hitting the first ball he faced for 4 then bludgeoned another 4 and a 6 in the following over, Allan was also throwing the bat at the other end and brought up his 150 in the 44th over, the 50 partnership coming an over later off just 32 balls as the pair were doing their best to score the 12 runs an over that were still required for the win. Collins was playing a blinder of an innings but with just 21 required for victory he holed out to mid off for a brutal innings of 60 off only 32 balls having hit 6 fours and 2 sixes. Scotland needed 20 off the final over but disaster struck as the new man at the crease, Hassacoff ran out Cathal Allan who had done every within his power to get his team home, he was livid walking off the ground but his 167 was a remarkable innings, coming off 155 balls and contained 12 fours and 2 sixes and was the 4th highest score by a Scotsman in a one day game. George Berrington hit a few boundaries to finish the innings but in the end we were 6 runs short of the Canadians score as we finished on 7-338 in a thoroughly entertaining game of cricket.

In other news we put in a bid to host the division 2 one day tour but were outbid by Bermuda who in turn passed on the hosting rights to Sri Lanka, the tour will be played on uneven, green and hard pitches which was a stroke of luck for us as we had also requested the same pitches given our fast and medium pace bowling stocks are in as good a position as they have been in for a few seasons.

Thirteen of the eighteen squad members will be going on their first tour for Scotland as we begin the rebuild after our one day World Cup victory, batsmen Cathal Allan, Ninian Allan, Rob Chalmers, Ewen Dundas and Murray Gowans. Wicket keepers Luke Baxter and Paul Ferguson, all rounders Sandy Burns and Gerald Berrington, fast bowlers Harry Aitchison, Ramsey Clark and Hugh Ford as well as medium pacer Alan George. Best of luck to all the lads representing the navy blue and white. This week will be the last chance our managers have to get both youth and senior games into our boys to try and better their experience, skills and ratings before the first one day tour of the season kicks off and any effort to do so to keep Scottish cricket in a position of strength would be very much appreciated by the national management.

There was no interest this week for the second assistant managers position which was available so myself and JimmytheToump will continue on as we were.

Player Profile :

Name : Alan George.

Role : Left arm medium pace bowler.

Nickname : The Professor.

Cricketing Hero : Chaminda Vass of Sri Lanka.

Hobbies : Tending to small animals and catching bugs.

Favourite Food : Chicken and salad wraps.

Favourite Drink : Chocolate Milk.

Favourite Music : 70’s rock music.

Person Most Admired : Karl Pilkington.

Favourite Book : Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan.

Favourite Holiday Location : Don’t really like holidays.

Worst teammate to room with : Most of them … I’m not really a people person.
Current Scotland Under 20 Manager and one day World Cup winner.
Scotland Under 20 Assistant Manager Seasons 40-45.

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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun Jul 11, 2021 8:54 am

Scotland travelled across the Irish Sea to take on the Irish at home in Wednesday nights friendly match, Ireland won the toss and batted first on a crumbling deck under overcast skies. The Scottish bowlers struggled to break the opening partnership between Shaun Aylward and Michael Gibson with the pair putting on 59 for the first wicket before Ramsey Denness struck with a beautifully disguised arm ball that bowled Aylward for 28. Dave Hassacoff had Shaun McFadden caught behind by Scottish keeper Paul Ferguson for 17 in the over before the drinks break which Ireland arrived at on 2-105. Scottish debutant Tam Govan removed Colin Boyle for 17 in the 32nd over then Joey Collins trapped Gibson in front an over later for a well made 62 leaving Ireland at 4-130 and two new batsmen at the crease. Dion Molloy tried to throw the bat and hit a couple of nice boundaries but was bowled by medium pacer Govan for 13, the Irish now 5-146 with 15 overs to bat. Jane Villanueva and Irish captain Josh Mulcahy batted well in the closing overs putting on the best partnership of the innings with 67 runs added for the 6th wicket partnership before Hassacoff bowled Villanueva for 35. Brandon Scott then helped his skipper advance the total to 6-243 with Mulcahy bringing up his 50 on the final ball of the innings. New boy Tam Govan showing plenty on his international debut being our best bowler picking up 2-34 off his 10 overs.

Scotland’s run chase got off to the worst possible start with opener Murray Gowans bowled for a first ball duck by Irish quick Dinny Clark sending the home crowd into a state of euphoria early. Jono Graham joined Cathal Allan in the centre and the two put on 67 for the second wicket before Allan was removed for 25, keeper Paul Ferguson didn’t bother the scorers too much being trapped lbw by the Irish captain for just 3 leaving the Scots in an awkward situation at 3-87 but they made it to drinks at 3-118, 13 runs ahead of their opponent at the same stage but 1 wicket worse off with Graham batting well on 63 and his good mate Laurie Gordon on 13. The pair put on both the best partnership of the innings and the match with 68 added for the 4th wicket when Gordon was run out by Brandon Scott for 34 leaving Scotland with 89 to win off the final 15 overs. Scottish captain Rob Chalmers joined Graham at the crease and the pair continued to pick off the runs until Graham misjudged a sweep shot and gloved the ball through to leg slip falling for a defiant innings of 99 leaving him just the single run shy of what would have been his first century for his country, the Scots needing 34 off the final 7 overs now. The tartan army are well used to seeing the sight of our powerhouse all rounder Jo Collins walking out to the centre with the game in the balance and once again he swung the momentum of the game in our favour hitting the second ball he faced for 6 and scoring 9 off his first 4 balls. He and Chalmers calmly went about picking off the required runs and seeing us home by 5 wickets with 14 balls to spare, Chalmers played a nice captains knock not only scoring an undefeated 50 off 40 balls at the death but hitting the winnings runs too.

It was a solid run chase by the lads mowing down 5 an over on a crumbling wicket against an opponent that out-rated us on the day and in bowler friendly conditions. A nice debut by Tam Govan too with his 2-34, we look forward to seeing what else he can do in national colours in the future.

Scotlands Saturday friendly was back at home against the UAE on a sticky pitch with overcast skies and JimmytheToump in charge of the boys for this one. The UAE won the toss and chose to bat which had our fast bowlers up and about early in anticipation of causing some damage with the new rock and that’s exactly what they did. Hugh Ford gifting Luke Baxter a guilt edged chance first ball of the innings and Ramsey Clark removing the opposition captain in his first over leaving the UAE 2-6 in just the second over. Off spinner Gerald Berrington grabbed 2 more quick wickets when he was introduced into the attack and had the opponent 4-56 in the 16th over but the UAE made it through to drinks without the loss of another wicket at 4-93. Dave Hassacoff broke the 5th wicket stand which had put on 47 runs to have the opposition 5-103, another 20 was added for the 6th wicket but disaster would befall the UAE who would lose their last 5 wickets for just 12 runs to be dismissed for just 135 in 41.3 overs. Muadh Murat top scored with 36 but after that the next best scorer was the extras given away by the Scots with all our bowlers contributing to the total with either no balls or wides and keeper Luke Baxter also adding both byes and leg byes to the total. To be fair our bowlers were terrific on the day with everyone grabbing wickets and keeping the heat on the opponent with some tight bowling, quick bowlers Hugh Ford and Jo Collins the pick of the bunch with 3-20 and 3-25 respectively.

It looked like a different pitch when our boys padded up with openers Murray Gowans and Cathal Allan putting on 60 for the first wicket in 18 overs and looking completely untroubled until Allan was trapped lbw for 26. Scotland were looking good at 1-80 in the 23rd over and cruising towards the drinks break but Gowans who had made 36 was bowled by Basil Zafar and this started an unwanted middle order collapse where we lost Jono Graham for 7, captain Rob Chalmers for a duck and the experienced Laurie Gordon for 6 leaving us in a spot of bother at 5-96 with all our best batsmen back in the sheds. Wicket keeper Luke Baxter and all rounder Jo Collins knuckled down and advanced the total toward the target but more drama was to unfold as both Collins and Hassacoff fell in quick succession leaving us at 7-124 and still needing 12 to win with the opposition bowlers now in with a sniff of running through our tail and recording a miraculous victory. Thankfully Luke Baxter kept a level head and along with Gerald Berrington knocked off the remainder off the runs with 12.4 overs and 3 wickets up our sleeve, Baxter finishing unbeaten on 22 and Barrington on 9 not out.

It was a solid week for the boys finally finding some form with 2 wins before next weeks division 2 one day tour to Sri Lanka.

Medium pacer Godfrey Brinkley and quick bowler Ramsey Clark will move on after the upcoming one day tour as will batsman Laurie Gordon and uncapped keeper Cathal Donaldson who turn 21 the week after.

Player Profile :

Name : Ramsay Denness.

Role : Right Arm Finger Spin Bowler.

Nickname : The Human Calculator.

Cricketing Hero : Graeme Swann.

Hobbies : Solving Complicated Mathematical Problems.

Favourite Food : Ham & Cheese Croissants.

Favourite Drink : Vanilla Latte.

Favourite Music : The 1975.

Person Most Admired : Rachael Riley.

Favourite Book : “The Bioeffects Resulting From Prokaryotic Cells And Yeast Being Exposed To An Eighteen Gigahertz Electromagnetic Field.” - Professor Brian R. Phillips.

Favourite Holiday Location : Cairo, Egypt.

Worst teammate to room with : Gerald Berrington … He’s a bit thick … I once asked him if I had two apples and added 3 oranges, what would I have … He answered “A bag of fruit!”
Current Scotland Under 20 Manager and one day World Cup winner.
Scotland Under 20 Assistant Manager Seasons 40-45.

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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun Jul 18, 2021 2:30 am

Scotland flew to Sri Lanka for the first of 4 qualifying tournaments over the next 2 seasons in a bid to defend its recent One Day World Cup title, our first opponent in the division 2 one day tour was Kenya who we were playing on an uneven pitch in windy conditions, Kenya won the toss and sent us in. Our openers, Murray Gowans and Cathal Allan got us off to a great start putting on 83 for the first wicket before Allan was caught for 43. Gowans fell 2 balls before the drinks break for 41 which we reached in a good position at 2-126. An almost catastrophic middle order collapse followed after drinks where we lost Luke Baxter and Laurie Gordon both out for 4 runs, captain Rob Chalmers and big hitting all rounder Joey Collins were also dismissed for 5 runs apiece leaving us at 6-161 with only Jono Graham and the tail to survive the next 14 overs, Graham brought up his half century in the 39th over but fell an over later for 55. This left Dave Hassacoff and Hugh Ford with a massive task to do to get us to a competitive total and the pair put on 42 before Ford was stumped for 15. Ramsey Clark then put on another 35 with Hassacoff as the pair got us to 8-261, Hassacoff unbeaten on 34 and Clark on 16, our total was also helped a great deal by the 39 extras Kenya gave away.

Hugh Ford struck in his first over and Ramsey Clark had a chance grassed by Jono Graham off his first ball which would have had Kenya 2-4 after just 7 balls but Clark got his man 3 overs later removing Alfajiri wa Ndegwa for 11. Jo Collins joined his fast bowling companions with a wicket shortly after claiming Mac Oliech for 16 and Kenya were 3-60 inside 15 overs. Dave Hassacoff removed the Kenyan captain just after drinks for 57 and Kenya were now 4-121. Zakayo arap Rono and keeper Esau Rono then put on a 114 run partnership for the 5th wicket, a partnership that would break the back of the run chase, Scotland claimed 2 more wickets and took the game as deep as they could but ultimately 4 dropped catches proved to be very costly as the Kenyans reached the target with 9 balls to spare and those same 4 wickets in hand. Dave Hassacoff our best bowler with 2-60.

Game 2 of the division 2 one day tour was the much anticipated World Cup final rematch against Bangladesh who won the toss and chose to bat first on an uneven track in windy conditions. Medium pacer Alan George struck a couple of early blows for Scotland removing both the Bangladesh captain and opener Maynard Hassan and their number 3 Vijay Chopra in his first 2 overs. Sandy Burns took care of Shomoy Talukhdar for 31 after he and wicket keeper batsman Abdur Miah had put on 64 for the third wicket then Alan George trapped Sreenath Singh lbw for a duck to have the opposition 4-87 and George with the figures of 3-30 off 6 overs, Bangladesh got to the drinks break at 4-109. Gangadeep Khanolkar joined Miah in the centre and the pair put on 76 runs before Harry Aitchison had Khanolkar caught and bowled for 21, Scotland were able to roll through the Bangladesh tail and dismiss them for 239 on the final ball of the innings but the one thorn in our side all day was the plucky little Bangladesh keeper Abdur Miah who played a lone hand for his team scoring a brilliant 129 off 149 balls which included 8 fours and 6 sixes, his innings along with 41 runs our boys gave away in misfields made up the bulk of the total. All our bowlers grabbed wickets but Gerald Berrington was our best with 3-36.

Ewen Dundas played as an opener in this match but was bowled for just 2 in the second over of the run chase which put us on the back foot early, captain Ninian Allan joined his namesake Cathal Allan at the crease and the pair put on 45 for the second wicket before the skipper was trapped lbw for 21. Luke Baxter made 21 and Laurie Gordon just 4 as Scotland arrived at the drinks break at 4-103 with Cathal Allan playing a defiant innings still in and batting watchfully on 45 not out. Rob Chalmers made a quick fire 34 before being bowled then the crucial wickets of all rounders Jo Collins and Sandy Burns fell soon after leaving the Scots at 7-147 and in real trouble. Berrington and Allan then put on the best partnership of the Scottish innings with 56 for the 8th wicket before Berrington was trapped in front for 26, this left Scotland needing 35 off the last 5 overs to snatch an unlikely victory and it was still possible with Allan still in on 83 if he could farm the strike from the tail enders. Unfortunately for us Aitchison fell for 7 as did George leaving our opener stranded on 88* and our lads 16 runs short of the total. Scotland winless after 2 games and sitting in 5th place on the table.

Scotland would need to show something in the third game against the Netherlands or relegation to the third division would become an unwanted but very real prospect. The Dutch won the toss and in a brave move chose to bat first in the bowler friendly conditions on another uneven track and humid weather conditions which pleased our bowlers no end. Ramsey Clark struck a double blow in his first over bowling one of the Dutch openers for 2 then trapped their number 3 batsman lbw for a duck with his next ball to find himself on a hat trick and the opposition on 2-3 after just 10 balls. Godfrey Brinkley took care of the second Dutch opener for 9 and now the opponent were 3-21 and quite possibly regretting the decision made at the toss. Brinkley snuck another wicket in 17th over and Scottish captain Ninian Allan ran out Scott West the very next ball to have the Netherlands on the ropes at 5-57 and awaiting the knock out blow but they arrived at drinks at a shaky 5-84. The Dutch captain Jan van der Zanden rallied his troops and along with Alfons van der Bilt put on the best partnership of their innings with 64 added for the 6th wicket partnership before a poor call saw van der Bilt run out by Laurie Gordon for 34. The Dutch captain brought up a gutsy 50 and the tail wagged with their 8, 9 and 10 all making double figures and getting the total to 182 yet still being out in 46.5 overs, medium pacer Godfrey Brinkley doing the bulk of the damage with 4-28, his best figures for the national team.

Much like the Netherlands innings began our specialist opener Murray Gowans was on his way back to the pavilion for just 1 run and number 3 Jono Graham followed him back there just 5 overs later for 6 leaving Scotland at 2-19 and suddenly the 183 run target looked a very long way away. Scottish captain Ninian Allan batted well for his 35 but was caught in the 19th over with Scotland now at 3-59 and looking more than just a little wobbly. Wicket keeper Paul Ferguson and veteran Laurie Gordon got us through to drinks at 3-96, 12 runs ahead of where the Dutch were at the same point but 2 wickets better off. This pair were batting well and put on a 50 partnership in just 49 balls, the partnership ended on 64 with Gordon bowled for 32 leaving the Scots at 4-123 and needing 59 from the last 19 overs. Ewan Dundas joined Ferguson at the crease and the pair continued on knocking off the runs required. Ferguson brought up his 50 in the 36th over and was showing the grit and determination the Scottish management knew he possessed as he stood defiant in the centre as more experienced teammates fell around him. He and Dundas put on the best partnership of the innings with an unbeaten 65 runs added for the 5th wicket and seeing their team home with 5 wickets in hand and 7.3 overs to spare. The win was in good time and got us back to third on the table thanks to a much needed boost to our run rate and back in the mix. Paul Ferguson top scored for Scotland with an impressive 62* from 90 balls with 4 fours and a six in his international debut while Dundas remained undefeated on 46* from 48 deliveries.

Game 4 of the tour was against Bermuda in what looked like an evenly matched contest, both teams sitting mid table with just the one win each. Conditions looked good for the seamers once again with an uneven pitch under cloudy skies, our captain Rob Chalmers won the toss and we chose to bat first. Murray Gowans and Cathal Allan got us off to a solid start once again putting on 47 for the opening stand before Allan was trapped lbw for 13, Jono Graham made 18 and was dismissed in the 22nd over, we arrived at drinks in a good position shortly after at 2-121 with opener Gowans looking very solid and unbeaten on 62 with keeper Luke Baxter on 12 not out at the other end. Gowans hard work was undone shortly after drinks being trapped in front for 69, Ewan Dundas didn’t bother the opponent too much adding just 7 and Baxter who was looking good on 43 was also out lbw with the score now 5-180 with 9 overs to go. Captain Rob Chalmers and all rounder Joey Collins both made double figure scores but once Chalmers went for 30 the tail fell away leaving Collins unbeaten on 26 and Scotland on 9-237.

Scotland started the defence of their total with a bang, Jo Collins finding the edge of Stanley Beginners bat and the new cherry flew through to the gloves of Luke Baxter second ball of the innings, Godfrey Brinkley and Ramsey Clark also claimed wickets in the first 18 overs to have Bermuda 3-70, they would make it through to drinks at 3-102, 19 runs behind the Scots and one wicket worse off. Scotland strayed from its original pre game plan and made a last minute change to the team for this game bringing in the less than fully fit new ball bowler Ramsey Clark in place of a fully fit medium pace all rounder Sandy Burns as it was thought the conditions may favour the fast man a little more and we were desperate for a win to try and avoid the drop. Clark doesn’t possess the greatest levels of endurance and we know he has to bowl 2 of his first 7 overs while tired, what we didn’t count on was that he would not recover at all after the drinks break and he would bowl 5 overs while tired and although he had bowled well with 1-25 in his first 7 overs this would prove to be very costly as the Bermudan skipper Arjuna Jeffers and wicket keeper Jason Camacho got stuck into the opening bowler after drinks and his final 3 overs went for 28 runs. Camacho went for 37 and Liddlelow for 18 leaving Bermuda at 5-184 and still with 52 runs to win from the final 7 overs and their captain still in on 67 not out. Scotland didn’t help themselves in this innings dropping 3 catches in the final 10 overs and missing a run out opportunity earlier in the match and although we took the game as deep as possible Bermuda got the required runs with 7 balls to spare thanks to a a fine captains knock by Jeffers scoring an undefeated ton and guiding his team to victory. Godfrey Brinkley was our best bowler on the day with 2-28 off his 10 overs which would suggest the late omission of fellow trundler Sandy Burns may have made a significant difference to the outcome of this match. We accept we made a tactical error on this occasion and are determined not to let such an obvious oversight happen in the future.

Scotland would need something extra special in the final game of the tour and a win against the USA was now a necessity if we were to avoid the drop to the third division and the Scottish management thought outside the box and brought back our former World Cup winning captain BJ McCullum to address the troops in a bid to inspire them. He recited some of Rabbie Burns finest poetry to instil some much needed Scottish pride and before long the boys were up and about and ready to hit the field with nothing short of a do or die attitude. For the 5th game in a row we faced yet another uneven pitch but our lads felt we were getting used to batting on them and Ninian Allan chose to bat first and take on the yanks. Luke Baxter opened the batting for the first time in national colours but fell lbw for 8, Allan and Graham advanced the total past 40 before the skipper was bowled for 16 and keeper Paul Ferguson couldn’t repeat his run scoring heroics of his debut being run out for 5. When Jono Graham fell for 31 with the score on 4-86 the innings was beginning to unfold and rapidly and something vastly different was required to turn the momentum of the match. After a quick discussion between team management and the former skipper McCullum it was decided a pinch hitter was required to throw the bat and set a cat amongst the pigeons. Sandy Burns was still stung by his late omission from the previous days game and had a point to prove and although he only had a previous high score of 36 at club level he was given the licence to throw the bat at number 6, if he could make a quick 20 or 30 it might be enough to swing the momentum and we would still have a good batsman in Chalmers at 7 and two world class all rounders in Collins and Hassacoff to come. Laurie Gordon and Burns then put on a 50 partnership for the 5th wicket before Gordon fell lbw for 36 but the move of Chalmers to 7 unsettled the middle order batsman and he was dismissed for 2 just 11 balls later with Scotland now 6-139 and just 14 overs remaining. A couple of tight overs followed and the Scots only scored 2 runs, 6-141 now and only 12 overs to go, if we could make 200 it would now seem to be a minor miracle. Sandy Burns had managed to do what he had never done in his career to date bringing up his 50 off 54 balls and 3 overs later the 50 partnership between himself and Collins was reached and it was decided if the two were still at the crease in 2 overs time it was time to launch a counter attack of epic proportions with both lads deciding to go after the opposition and go after them they did with 16, 15 and 11 runs coming in the next three overs. Collins fell for 45 ending the powerhouse partnership on 107 off 77 balls but the die was cast and Burns would continue to swing at everything that was pitched in his half and incredibly he brought up his hundred in the 49th over adding another 18 and 20 runs with Dave Hassacoff in the final two overs of the innings and finishing unbeaten on 115 off just 86 balls taking Scotland to a more than competitive total of 7-284, our highest score of the week. Sandy Burns was undoubtedly the star of this innings and he timed the ball so sweetly on the way to his hundred that one was at risk of developing type 2 diabetes just watching him!

The Americans started their run chase cautiously but survived the first ten overs and were 0-48, a nice platform but plenty of work to do. Joey Collins struck in his second spell bowling opener James Chapman for 23 then trapped his fellow opener Wyatt Mills lbw for 22 in his next over, Scotland beginning to feel a bit easier with both openers back in the sheds with the yanks now 2-61. Sandy Burns golden day continued as he bowled the American number 4 Ryan Johnson for 21 with the first ball of his 4th over as the yanks made it to drinks at 3-121, 35 runs ahead of our score at the drinks break and with an extra wicket in hand but still needing 164 runs in the second half after our brutal late hitting. Wicket keeper Byron Wagner and Marcus Stephens put on 50 for the 4th wicket and Stephens brought up his half century 2 overs later but the Scottish bowlers were beginning to squeeze the run rate north with nearly 7 runs an over needed from this point on. 102 runs were needed from the final 15 overs and 7 wickets in hand when Burns bowled Wagner for 47, then Hassacoff trapped Stephens an over later for 63 which left the opponent in a difficult position with 92 now needed from 13 overs and two new men at the crease. Collins grabbed 2 more wickets and Hugh Ford 1 in the next 4 overs and suddenly the game appeared to be a forgone conclusion, Sandy Burns completed a day he will never forget claiming the final wicket to wrap up the match and hand Scotland a hard fought 36 run win and keeping them in division 2 in the process, Burns finished the game as the man of the match with 3-43 to go with his incredible innings of 115 not out, Joey Collins was the pick of our bowlers today with 4-47.

In summary 4 dropped catches against Kenya cost us an opening day victory and we fell short in a tight run chase against a formidable opponent in Bangladesh, a solid win against the Netherlands got us off the mark but as already mentioned a tactical error in team selection as well as 4 missed chances in the field may have cost us the win against Bermuda but thankfully Sandy Burns final day heroics were enough to avoid the drop to division 3.

We knew the loss of 12 of the 18 members of our World Cup winning squad would have a significant impact on the team and expectations weren’t high for this tour as we look to rebuild in an effort to remain competitive, with 13 members of this squad on their first international tour our goal was merely to avoid relegation which somehow we managed to achieve, we would expect to see significant improvement in those players skills over the next few weeks. We felt our batting would be stronger than our bowling on this tour and so it proved as we were the highest scoring team in the division but disappointingly we also conceded the most runs, this resulted in just 2 wins and 3 losses for the week but amazingly we had the second highest run rate in the group which was enough to keep us safe from relegation.

We have also put in a bid to host the division 2 Twenty20 tournament on slow, green and dry wickets which was successful and will suit our best bowlers and all rounders. This is the last Twenty20 qualifying tournament before the end of season Twenty20 World Cup so we wanted to do everything possible to have conditions suit our boys in a bid to make the final 12 teams.

Player performances for the division 2 one day tour of Sri Lanka.

Batsmen :

Cathal Allan : 3 matches, 3 innings, 1 not out. Our leading run scorer with 144 runs @ 72 average. Solid in the opening position with scores of 43, 88* and 13 and almost got us home in the run chase against Bangladesh but ran out of partners and was left stranded on 88 not out, 1 catch.

Ninian Allan : 3 matches, 3 innings. 74 runs @ 24.67 with a best of 35 in the win against the Netherlands. Our captain was below his best with the blade but did captain the team in both our wins. 1 run out.

Rob Chalmers : 4 matches, 4 innings. Just 71 runs @ 17.75 from our vice captain in the middle order with a top score of 34 against Bangladesh, another score of 30 against Bermuda and 2 failures. 1 catch.

Ewen Dundas : 3 matches, 3 innings, 1 not out. 55 runs @ 27.5 with a best of 46* getting us home against the Netherlands. 1 catch.

Laurie Gordon : 4 matches, 4 innings. Just 76 runs @ 19 from the veteran number 5 batsman in his final tour for Scotland. Scores of 32 and 36 were vital in wins against the Netherlands and the USA. 1 run out.

Murray Gowans : 3 matches, 3 innings. 111 runs @ 37 from the specialist opening batsman with a high score of 69 against Bermuda. 2 solid opening partnerships of 83 and 47 with Cathal Allan getting us off to positive starts.

Jon Graham : 4 matches, 4 innings. 110 runs @ 27.5 from our number 3 batsman with a best score of 55 against Kenya in the opening game. 1 catch.

Keepers :

Luke Baxter : 4 matches, 4 innings. 70 runs @ 17.5 with a best of 43 against Bermuda would suggest our number one keeper underperformed with the bat. Played 3 games as keeper and took 2 catches.

Paul Ferguson : 2 matches, 2 innings, 1 not out. 67 runs @ 67 from the deputy gloveman with a best score of 62* winning the game for us against the Netherlands. Something of a lucky charm to the team as he played in both wins. 1 catch and 1 stumping.

All Rounders :

Gerald Berrington : 2 matches, 2 innings. 26 runs @ 13 with a best of 26 against Bangladesh and 3 wickets for 90 @ 30 with a best of 3-36 in the same game. Happy to get a tour into this exciting young all round prospect while he is still a teenager, took the second spinners spot deputising for Hassacoff and looks to have a bright future.

Sandy Burns : 2 matches, 2 innings, 1 not out. 115 runs @ 115 and his accolades included our highest individual score with 115* against the USA, our highest batting average at 115 and our highest batting strike rate with 132.18. Took 4 wickets for 102 @ 25.5 with a best of 3-43 in his remarkable man of the match performance against the USA which saved us from relegation to division 3. 1 catch.

Jo Collins : 4 matches, 4 innings, 1 not out. 86 runs @ 26.67 with a best of 45 in the vital century plus 7th wicket partnership with Sandy Burns against the USA. Claimed a wicket in all 4 games and was our equal leading wicket taker with 7 wickets for 181 @ 25.86 and best figures of 4-47 also against the USA. 1 catch.

Dave Hassacoff : 3 matches, 2 innings, 2 not outs. 46 runs and undefeated in both innings with a best of 34* against Kenya. 5 wickets for 143 @ 28.6, took wickets in all 3 games with best figures of 2-23 in the win against the Netherlands. 1 catch. Played in both wins.

Bowlers :

Harry Aitchison : 2 matches, 2 innings. 14 runs @ 7 with a best of 7 against both Bangladesh and Bermuda. 3 wickets for 100 @ 33.3 with best figures of 2-50 against Bangladesh and was our leading fielder with 2 catches.

Godfrey Brinkley : 3 matches, 1 innings, 1 not out. 4* in his only innings against Bermuda. 7 wickets for 111 @ 15.86 with best figures of 4-28 in the win against the Netherlands. The cunning old fox showed no signs of the groin injury that saw him miss the World Cup final and he was back to his best, Brinkley was our equal leading wicket taker with 7 scalps, had our best individual bowling figures in a match with 4-28, our lowest bowling average with 15.86, best bowling strike rate at 24.71 and was our most economical bowler conceding just 3.85 runs an over and held 1 catch. Sadly this will be his final tour for Scotland but the memories of him doing donuts in a wheelchair on the pitch while off his scone on strong pain medication during the World Cup celebrations will live on forever.

Ramsey Clark : 3 matches, 2 innings, 1 not out. 18 runs @ 18 with a best of 16* against Kenya. 4 wickets for 119 @ 29.75 with best figures of 2-34 in the win against the Netherlands. Took wickets in all 3 games he played in, his one and only tour for Scotland but his final 3 overs going for 28 runs will haunt him for some time to come.

Hugh Ford : 3 matches, 1 innings. 15 runs in his only innings against Kenya. 2 wickets for 133 @ 66.5 and best bowling of 1-38 in the final day victory against the USA. 1 catch.

Alan George : 3 matches, 1 innings. 7 runs in his only innings against Bangladesh. 4 wickets for 148 @ 37 with best bowling of 3-51 against Bangladesh. Used as the back up trundler to Godfrey Brinkley and played in both our wins against the Netherlands and the USA.
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Scotland Under 20 Assistant Manager Seasons 40-45.

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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun Jul 25, 2021 1:35 am

The past week saw Scotland play three Twenty20 friendly matches as we warm up for the division 2 Twenty20 tour that we will be hosting in a bid to qualify for the end of season Twenty20 World Cup. India were the first team we took on in a quick stopover after leaving Sri Lanka the night before, JimmytheToump was in charge and a typical crumbling Indian dust bowl had been prepared. Jim brought two new batsmen into the squad and both made their debut in this game. Al Hardie is an 18 year old left handed opening batsman and Murdo Barclay is a right handed middle order prospect, our skipper Rob Chalmers won the toss and chose to bat first. The teenager Hardie showed plenty of confidence and chose to take the first ball of the match watched on by his much more experienced opening partner Murray Gowans. The pair put on 26 in the first 4 overs before Hardie was bowled by Indian spinner Kishan Dadawala for 16 off just 13 balls which included two boundaries and showing just a brief glimpse of the untapped talent he has to offer. Rich Knox missed out making only 5 but he too is an exciting prospect with plenty of time ahead of him. Gowans was trapped lbw for 25 and Chalmers fell for 5 leaving Scotland in a bit of strife at 4-58 with more than half the overs already gone. Wicket keeper Luke Baxter made a quick fire 18 off just 9 balls with 2 fours and a six in a bid to smash our way to a decent total but the best partnership of the innings came between the new lad Barclay and our powerhouse all rounder Joey Collins who put on 52 off just 32 balls, Barclay top scored with 48 but was caught just before he could bring up his half century while Collins remained unbeaten on 20 off 13 balls faced. It was a disciplined bowling performance by the Indians who didn’t concede a single extra but our lads still finished our 20 overs on a respectable 6-140.

Indian opener Deviprasad Bhadoria is a player that gets struck on the shins more often than your average kick boxer and once again this proved to be his undoing as he was out lbw for a duck three balls into the Indian innings thanks to a fine bit of fast bowling from Scottish quick bowler Hugh Ford, his opening partner Ramakrishna Bhatti suffered the same fate courtesy of a nice bit of off spin bowling by Gerald Berrington. Moshin Bhesiniya and Gajanan Chatterjee then put on 54 for the third wicket which took the score to 3-86 at the 15 over mark when Berrington struck again removing the number three Bhesiniya for 42, Dave Hassacoff then struck twice in the next over as did Collins an over later to break the spirit of the Indians with them now 6-90 and needing 51 runs from the last 3 overs. A few solid blows by India found the fence in the final few overs but Scotland’s score on the crumbling wicket proved to be out of reach for the home team, Scotland winning by 17 runs with both Berrington and Hassacoff taking 2 wickets apiece.

Scotland returned home to Bannockburn after its sojourn in the sub continent over the last week and took on Pakistan in our midweek friendly, it was an unusually hot day and a sticky wicket had been prepared, Scottish captain Rob Chalmers won the toss and sent the opposition in. Our lads were clearly still suffering the effects of jet lag as we turned in one of the more lacklustre performances with the ball in living memory and perhaps the less said about the bowling innings the better. Our lads failed to take a single wicket on a sticky pitch and only created the one chance which was put down by keeper Paul Ferguson and to add insult to injury we gave away 22 runs in misfields. The Pakistanis were terrific in contrast putting on an unbroken 142 run stand with both openers making undefeated half centuries, Almar Daraz making 83* off 63 while his partner Artagral Buki made 56* off 59. Leg spinner Norm Inglis made his Scottish debut in this game returning match figures of 0-30.

Our run chase didn’t start much better with Murray Gowans out for 8 just 9 balls into our innings, Cathal Allan followed for 16 with the score on 48. Ewen Dundas and Paul Ferguson batted well putting on 59 for the third wicket but both lads were out for scores in the mid forties. Things had progressed nicely to the point where we needed only 4 runs to win off the final over with 6 wickets in hand and middle order batsmen Rob Chalmers and Rich Knox at the crease but the plot of this thriller was to take another incredible and unexpected twist. Pakistan fast bowler Taslim Mujtaba was thrown the ball for the final over and Knox took a single off the first ball, 2 to tie and 3 to win. Rob Chalmers then played over the top of a slower ball and was bowled for 16, the ever reliable all rounder Joey Collins who has been the hero for Scotland on numerous occasions missed a straight one and was gone for a golden duck and all of a sudden Mujtaba was on a hat trick. Dave Hassacoff scored a single off the fourth ball of the over as did Knox off the fifth leaving the scores tied with just one delivery to come but the Pakistani paceman delivered an absolutely unplayable yorker that sent Hassacoffs leg stump cartwheeling. A superb final over by the big quick claiming 3 quality batsmen and conceding just 3 runs to tie the match for his team.

Saturday saw the might of the West Indies swagger into town ready for a rumble, it was a sunny day at Bannockburn and an uneven strip had been prepared for the battle, JimmytheToump was in charge and he appointed Murdo Barclay as his captain for the day, he won the toss and chose to send the Windies in. Jo Collins caught the edge of Adrian Anthony’s bat with the third ball of the innings but wicket keeper Luke Baxter dropped the chance which was heading for first slip, in the process Baxter landed awkwardly bending his right wrist backwards under the weight of his body as he landed, things didn’t look good for the boy but he refused both medical treatment on the ground or to leave the field. Collins removed Nick Allflatt in his next over but next ball Baxter dropped Anthony for a second time, clearly his wrist was giving him significant grief. Jim took 2 new pace bowlers into this game, Walter Asher and Richard Hill, both fast medium bowlers who suited the conditions and Hill struck in his first over catching a regulation edge which flew through to Baxter who thankfully managed to hold the chance despite his obvious injury. Bill Batty and Kent Morgan put on 78 for the third wicket before Asher claimed his first international scalp removing Morgan who was caught by his fellow debutant for 33. The West Indies finished their innings on 3-135, maybe a handful more than we would have liked but still we were happy enough to chase it. It was a mixed bag behind the stumps for Luke Baxter who went on to drop another 2 catches later in the innings making it 4 in total yet didn’t concede a single bye or leg bye in the innings. Asher, Collins and Hill all claimed a wicket but it was the new boy Hill that was the most economical returning 1-21 off his 4 overs.

Murray Gowans and Cathal Allan walked out to open the batting and the pair put on 31 runs in 6 overs before Allan was out lbw for 17, Rich Knox added another 10 before he was out with the score on 52. Jono Graham then joined Gowans at the crease and the pair put on the best partnership of the innings adding 61 off just 43 balls, Gowans making his 50 in the process but Graham was to fall for 23 quickly followed by the Scottish captain Barclay who was unbelievably run out for a diamond duck, Gowans fell for 67 in the 19th over leaving the Scots needing 15 to win from the last 10 balls of the match. Luke Baxter was advised not to bat by the Scottish medical staff after icing his wrist had failed to reduce either the swelling or the pain but Baxter is as tough as teak and refused to let anyone else in the batting order take his place, he scored 6 of the next 7 runs to see out the over leaving Scotland with 8 to win off the last over. Collins scored a 2 off the first ball and a single off the third but leaving the injured keeper on strike needing 5 runs off the final 3 deliveries and facing Dinanath Challenger, the fastest bowler in the Caribbean. Challenger strayed onto the pads and Baxter picked up 2 off the next ball followed by another 2 through the covers to tie the scores with one ball remaining. Surely Scotland couldn’t be involved in a second tie in just 4 days! Challenger put everything he had into the final delivery hoping to peg back the stumps of Scotland’s injured keeper but Baxter played straight through the line and lofted the big quick for a 6 straight back over his head and clearing the sight screen by a considerable margin too, Scotland winning by 5 wickets on the final ball and Baxter finishing on 17 not out off just 7 balls turning himself from the villain that had dropped 4 catches to the injured hero winning the match for his country with a 6 off the final ball of the match.

It was a solid week for the lads this week playing 3 T20 friendly matches, winning 2 and coming out with a tie in the third and we have given debuts to 5 new players this week, 2 batsmen, Al Hardie and Murdo Barclay, 2 fast medium bowlers, Walt Asher and Richie Hill as well as leg spinner Norm Inglis who will go on to represent his country in the upcoming Twenty20 tour. We have locked in our squad for the division 2 Twenty20 tour which we will be hosting on Slow, Green and Dry pitches, the squad will have 7 batsmen, 2 keepers, 1 quick, 4 medium pacers and 4 spinners. Three of our better batsmen made big hundreds for their club sides during the week which is encouraging and it should mean the form update will be good for them next week which is a good thing leading into a national tour week. Again any time our managers can squeeze one of the national squad members into a senior game, even if it means carrying them at number 11 it all adds to their experience and would be greatly appreciated by the national management.

Player Profile :

Name : Cathal Allan.

Role : Left Hand Top Order Batsman.

Nickname : The Fresh Prince of Bellshill.

Cricketing Hero : David Gower.

Hobbies : Movies and eating out.

Favourite Food : Veal Schnitzel.

Favourite Drink : Freshly squeezed orange juice.

Favourite Music : Crowfield.

Person Most Admired : Stephen Spielberg.

Favourite Book : Retiring to the red room - John Venn.

Favourite Holiday Location : Los Angeles, California.

Worst teammate to room with : He’s gone now thank god but Laurie Gordon was an absolute nightmare, you had to keep and eye on him or he’d be slipping some sort of seafood like raw prawns or sea urchins into your luggage!
Current Scotland Under 20 Manager and one day World Cup winner.
Scotland Under 20 Assistant Manager Seasons 40-45.

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Re: This Week In The Scotland Youth Camp.

Post by Martymac » Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:53 am

Wednesday night saw England cross the border for our midweek friendly which was to be played on an uneven track under overcast skies, our captain Ninian Allan won the toss and chose to send the opponent in to bat. Scottish quick Hugh Ford started beautifully with 1-3 off his first 2 overs having removed England opener Jack Hutchison for 1 in his second over. Baratheon and Tuntrance then put on 68 for the second wicket but both men fell within 2 overs of each other thanks to Alan George and Jo Collins. Collins claimed another wicket on the final ball of the innings to finish as our most successful bowler with 2-22 but Ford was also outstanding with 1-10 from his 4 overs. England finishing their 20 overs on 4-132. Scotland didn’t help themselves in this innings with 3 catches going down, two of those chances were given by England’s top scorer Tess Tuntrance in just the 5th over when he was only on 1 then again two balls later on 3, he would go on to make 43.

Murray Gowans and Cathal Allan put on 24 off 28 balls for the opening partnership before Gowans went for 11, Ninian Allan made 13 at number 3 before Jono Graham and Cathal Allan put on 39 off 31 which was our best partnership and took us to 3-86 by the end of the 12th over leaving us with 47 runs to win with 7 overs to go and still 7 wickets in hand. Allan top scored with 36 but his wicket sparked a collapse that was very much unwanted with Scotland losing its last 6 wickets for 37 runs and falling just 5 runs short of the target. This was a disappointing result as our top 5 all made double figure scores and had us in a great position with 7 overs to go and with Baxter, Collins and Berrington to come, all lads who possess reasonable power but they were unable to finish the innings the way we would have liked.

Medium pacer Evander Barclay debuted in this match and returned the figures of 0-27, economical enough in a T20 match but unlucky as one of the dropped catches came off his bowling.

Saturday night saw the arrival of the number 1 ranked youth team in international cricket in both forms of the game, South Africa, who were also keen to flex some muscle before their division 1 tour kicks off next week. JimmytheToump was asked to take control of this match, It was a nice sunny day and a slow pitch had been prepared and again our skipper Ninian Allan won the toss and this time chose to bat, a decision he must have been regretting instantly as he sliced a ball straight into the hands of Matt Moderna at backward point first ball he faced, Allan gone for a duck. Murray Gowans and Cathal Allan then put on 66 in just 49 balls for the second wicket before Gowans departure for 22, Allan fell shortly after for a well made 48, Scotland now 3-76 just after the half way mark of the innings. Graham was also playing a nice innings keeping a steady head and keeping the run rate ticking over as wickets fell at the other end. Luke Baxter and Jo Collins chipped in with double figure scores but Chalmers and Berrington failed. Graham fell for 41 on the second last ball of the innings leaving debutant John Buchanan to face the final ball of the innings which he promptly dispatched to the mid wicket boundary, Scotland finishing on 8-150.

Jo Collins struck the first blow for the Scots trapping Arthur De Melker lbw for 5 with the final ball of his second over. Medium pacer John Buchanan then claimed his first international wicket when he knocked back the stumps of South African opener Alois Mapeza for 22 to have the opposition 2-35 early. Matt Moderna and Kaine Beames then put on an impressive 94 run stand for the 3rd wicket and it came off just 69 balls before Buchanan struck again trapping Beames lbw for 41. Moderna brought up a fine half century in the 18th over but was one of 2 wickets to fall to Alan George in the 19th over, this left South Africa with 8 to win off the final over which would be bowled by off spinner Dave Hassacoff. 3, 1, 1, 1, 1 were to come off the next 5 balls to tie the scores, Brett Talbot found himself on strike for the final delivery with just bat on ball and a quick 22 yard sprint needed to win the match for his country, willow found leather on the final delivery but it was smashed straight to Rob Chalmers who grassed the hot chance but it flew to him with such speed the South Africans failed to run and the match would finish in a dramatic tie, both teams locked together on 150 runs apiece after the 40 overs. Both Alan George and debutant John Buchanan finished with match figures of 2-29 but Buchanan finished with 1 vote in the man of the match voting thanks to him picking up 2 of the top 4 South African batsmen showing his more experienced team mates he was not out of his depth at the level.

Two very tight games this week, a 5 run loss to England and a tie with the number 1 ranked international youth team in South Africa. We feel we’re pretty close to putting together some decent performances, our ratings look strong going into the T20 tour and we think we can top 180,000 in the ratings next week after the next training session for the boys on Monday. Our batting and bowling look to be in a good spot but it’s possibly our fielding that is still holding us back. 3 dropped catches against England and 2 against South Africa as well as 22 runs given away in misfields cost us in a game that would finish in a tie. Perhaps this is just some vagary of the match engine that might go our way next week or maybe we are just off the pace a fraction in this this area, who knows, but any of our touring squad that could improve their fielding in the next training session would be greatly appreciated as we attempt to qualify for the end of season Twenty20 World Cup.

Player Profile :

Name : Luke Baxter.

Role : Right hand batsman and wicket keeper.

Nickname : Spook.

Cricketing Hero : Rodney Marsh.

Hobbies : Cycling, Football, Running, Weights.

Favourite Food : Chicken Parma.

Favourite Drink : Cold beer.

Favourite Music : Mondo Rock.

Person Most Admired : Kenny Dalgleish.

Favourite Book : The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown.

Favourite Holiday Location : Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

Worst teammate to room with : Fergie … insomniac.
Current Scotland Under 20 Manager and one day World Cup winner.
Scotland Under 20 Assistant Manager Seasons 40-45.

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