Last Over Drama
By David Hinchliffe
McCrea West of Scotland concede a first defeat.
Batting first, West openers Young (43) and Miller (43) started well, getting to 75 from nine overs. Skipper Ian Young was especially impressive, hitting six boundaries and scoring all round the ground. However, when Young was bowled going for a big hit, the rate slowed. Both Farndale and Fearn struggled to do more than rotate for five overs. Both batsmen were visibly frustrated by an uncharacteristic series of misses and miss hits that left West on 123-2 from 18.
A late swing from Braithwaite and Corner got West to 136-4 from 20 overs. Despite this being a reasonable score, the Mitres will consider runs were left behind in the middle overs.
Poloc looked to manage the chase, scoring 31-2 in five overs. The second wicket brought Craig Young to the crease. The Western Warriors batsman started slowly, scoring 12 runs, all in singles, in 17 balls. With wickets falling at the other end, and the rate climbing, West were building pressure. All the bowlers, especially Farndale (1-19), kept a tight leash. With five overs to go, Poloc needed 49 runs and West were ahead of the game.
Craig Young had no choice but to go for it and went from 24 in 29 balls to 53 in 44 balls, as he hit 18 runs from the penultimate over.
McNulty was charged with the last over with seven to defend. A wicket fell on the first ball and singles were scrambled leaving Young on strike. Four needed from two balls. A classical off drive hit the gap and ran down the hill to the boundary; Poloc got over the line with a ball to spare.
Despite losing, West should not be disappointed with the overall performance. It was imperfect, especially after a strong start with the bat, but Craig Young played a superbly timed innings under immense pressure to see Poloc over the line. While the 100% record may be gone, the XI can be proud of playing hard and forcing Poloc to perform at their very best.