Warriors book place in Men’s Regional Pro Series Final with win over Highlanders
The Western Warriors will play the Eastern Knights in the final of the Cricket Scotland Men’s Regional Pro Series on July 11th after beating the Cally Highlanders by 96 runs at Arbroath.
Batting first, the Warriors scored 257/8 with Brandon McMullen on 59 not out and Warrirors captain Richie Berrington scoring 58.
The Highlanders, who needed a win to reach the final, started well, but when Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer was bowled by Gavin Main after scoring 26 off 25 balls, the run rate slowed and overhauling the Warriors score looked increasingly unlikely.
They were bowled out in 40.3 overs for 161 with Michael Leask the top scorer on 42.
Warriors Head Coach Andy Tennant was pleased with his side’s efforts: “I’m delighted to get a win. It was a strong performance by us. To get to 257, especially being 120 /5, was a great effort and then we showed the diversity we’ve got in the bowling attack and managed to win the game comfortably in the end. Really delighted for the boys. They’ve worked really hard and we’re just looking forward to the final now and having another go at the Eastern Knights.”
Back in Edinburgh, the Knights, already certain of their place in the final, took on the Cricket Scotland Performance Academy at Goldenacre.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat first the Knights set the bar high. After suriving an early scare when he was dropped, Oli Hairs continued his good form with the bat to score 43 off just 18 balls. A string of team mates picked up where he left off, with Dylan Budge scoring 91, George Munsey 68 and Jamie Crawley 66. Captain Mark Watt was 89 not out at the end of the innings having faced just 59 balls.
It was a good day for Watt who followed up an impressive batting performance by taking 5 wickets as the Knights bowled out the Performance Academy for 225, 193 runs short of victory.
The final will be played at Clydesdale Cricket Club on Sunday 11th July 2021.