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Development XI versus Clydesdale [posted 04/08/21]
A Poloc Academy (Development XI) took on near-neighbours Clydesdale this evening in a T20 friendly at “Shawholm”. Ostensibly featuring Under 23 year old players, the sides were a mixture of experienced young senior players, and still junior players. After the toss, the visitors decided to bat first. For the Academy, James Cathcart and Hassaan Mehmood shared the new ball. And it was the former who made the breakthrough, in the third over, dismissing Cunningham. At the end of the power play (the first six overs) Clydesdale had progressed to 32 for 1, and had given themselves a good base. Tarun Koteeswaran and Faisal were the batters in the middle, and both looked to be in good nick. However the two would be separated in the tenth over, as Hasan Malik bowled Koteeswaran for 41 (32). 63 for 2, 44 having been added for this second wicket. Good as it was to get that second wicket, it would, arguably, be from the next over onwards that it would be determined just how big the visitors’ total would become. Hamaad Anwar came in to the attack, and with him, spin made its entrance. The run-rate ground to a halt, and a third wicket was taken. Adam Ali also came in to the attack, and – like Hamaad Anwar – managed to put the brakes on the scoring rate. And so it continued through the third quarter of the first innings, these five overs seeing Clydesdale slip from 68 for 2, to 86 for 6. Anwar had picked up four of those wickets, his right-arm off-spin proving too much for the visitors’ middle order. And when Abdullah Malik replaced Adam Ali from the River Cart end, it was spin at both ends, and Malik would end up returning figures of 3-0-10-3, bowling overs sixteen, eighteen, and twenty to finish off the innings. 111 for 9 was the final score, 112 to win. A good bowling performance, with the bowlers picking up wickets at regular intervals, and the outfielding and catching pretty good too. And in this regard, mention of Adam Ali whose direct-hit run out was a highlight of the first innings.
The ‘Loc‘s reply started with Hunnain Sohail (21) and Calum James (14) getting the side off to a decent chance, being separated when James chipped a Shafiq delivery to mid-wicket. This brought Kess Sajjad to the middle. He’d then, effectively, manage the rest of run-chase, adding 20 with Sohail, then 46 with Hasan Malik (25), finishing on 35 not out alongside Abdul Malik (6*). It was a fairly regulation run-chase as run-chases go, with the Academy assisted by some miss-fields from the visitors’ outfielders. But that shouldn’t take away from a good performance, with enough to be encouraged by in both innings to see the value in these sorts of fixtures. Thanks to Clydesdale for sending a side. [Scorecard]
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