D&G U17s beat Lanarkshire

The Dumfries and Galloway U17s beat Lanarkshire U17s in the end by a very convincing 131 runs last week in their West Inter-Area knockout match at Nunholm. However at various stages throughout the match that final result was very much in question.

The final Lanarkshire wicket falls.

The D&G side were put in by the opposition and openers Anthony Hulatt and Dean Penrose faced an accurate Lanarkshire pairing of Pryde and Sabri. Sabri bowled two victims to put the locals on the back foot and when Penrose was bowled by Greenshields for a defiant 19 the side were 44 for 3.

Conn hits out

Douglas Brotherston then joined captain Fraser Conn to play a typically aggressive innings which ended with an excellent caught and bowled by Greenshields off a fierce straight hit. He went for 23 to put the score at 80 for 4.

Andrew Bell partnered Conn to push the score past a hundred only to be caught at cover. Another wicket fell to spinner Perman to put Lanarkshire on top after 30 overs with the total at 108 for 6 with ten overs left.

Western Academy player Conn had been batting steadily and at that point was only in the thirties. However he proceeded to open out and target the boundary and found willing partners in Robbie Carson and then Andrew Forsyth who hit hard for 22 in a crucial fifty run partnership.

Forsyth shared a crucial fifty partnership

Conn was bowled off the last ball for a captain’s innings of 81 and Lanarkshire were made to regret missed catches with exactly one hundred added in the last ten overs. Bowlers Sabri and Perman stuck to their task well to take three wickets each as did Greenshields who finished with four.

It was a similar roller coaster in the Lanarkshire innings. Aided by extras the openers put on 34 before Chris Edgar got Meikle lbw for 7. Spin was quickly turned to as Andrew Bell came on in the seventh over and it was in his fourth over that the course of the innings changed.

Lanarkshire were in the good position of 57 for 1 after 14 overs when he took a brilliant caught and bowled to dismiss danger-man Eyles for 30. He had another caught by Paisley at square leg and then a ‘Warne’ delivery took the top of off. In three overs he took four wickets as the batsmen struggled with his leg-breaks on a pitch which was taking spin.

Conn top scored with 81

Penrose was also on at the other end and his off-breaks were also causing problems as he took the 6th wicket, bowled, to reduce Lanarkshire all of a sudden to 60 for 6. He followed that with a catch taken at deep midwicket by Richardson.

When Hulatt replaced Bell with some more leg-breaks it was more of the same as he bowled the last two wickets to dismiss Lanarkshire for 77 and a 131 run win that surprised those that left the ground with D&G at one hundred odd for six in the first innings.

The side fielded well, particularly Langholm’s Gormley, and their enterprising cricket on the day was rewarded with a good win against well drilled opponents.

Their next match in the knockout competition is against Glasgow in June.

D&G U17s 208 all out (40 overs)
F Conn 81, D Brotherston 23, A Forsyth 22
A Sabri 8 overs 3 for 31, J Greenshields 8 overs 4 for 39, S Perman 8 overs 3 for 46

Lanarkshire U17s 77 all out (27.2 overs)
D Eyles 30, A Bell 8 overs 4 for 21, D Penrose 8 overs 2 for 17,
A Hulatt 2.2 overs 2 for 2, C Edgar 6 overs 1 for 16

Full scorecard available here – 2010 DG U17s v Lanarkshire Scorecard