England Development XI wins opening game

Wed, Aug 24, 2011 12:32 PM

The England Development XI was victorious by 66 runs in the first of three matches against Scotland Under 18 at Titwood on Monday, 23 August.

Having won the toss and elected to bat the EDP XI quickly found themselves in trouble at 7 for 2 in the 4th over against the Scotland opening attack of Gavin Main and Paddy Sadler. Ben Duckett and Basit Zaman counter attacked as the Scots seam attack dropped short too often, and took the score to 64 in the 14th over before the former edged 15 year old Will Edwards to wicket keeper Alex Baum for 31.

Rhodes and Zaman put on a futher 39 before Rhodes (18) and Cousens (4) fell in quick succession to the off spin of Scotland Under 18 captain Ross McLean.

Jack Winslade then joined Zaman in the most productive partnership of the EDP innings, putting on 67 as they worked the Scottish spinners effectively for singles in between the occasional aggressive shot to the boundary. Having moved the score to 174 for 5 in the 41st over, a mix-up between the two batsman led to Winslade being run out for 22.
Thereafter the innings subsided to 196 all out with Sam Page returning to the attack and finishing with three wickets by bowling full and straight to the lower order. Warwickshire?s Basit Zaman was the backbone of the EDP innings, and he was last man out for an extremely well compiled 100 on a wicket which offered assistance to both the seam and spin bowlers.

In reply the Scotland Under 18 innings struggled to get started against some accurate and penetrative seam bowling from Winslade, Webster and Stone in particular.

Captain McLean was the first wicket to fall, perhaps unfortunate to be given out caught behind, but the rest of the Scotland Under 18 top order failed to show the necessary footwork and technique on a challenging surface against a disciplined attack.

Sam Page showed some impressive fight and skill with a spirited 50 not out, but the fact that the highest partnership of the innings was 34 for the 9th wicket indicates that at no stage did Scotland get into a position to challenge the EDP total. Scotland Under 18 were finally bowled out for 130 in the 38th, and will hope for an improved all round performance in game 2 of the series.

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