From The Archive
To pass the time during Covid-19 isolation, Paul Bailey has been putting together some interesting scorecards from various cricket matches, covering ESCA, Scottish games and county cricket.
To start with, we thought it would be worth posting about a Scottish ton from a local lad in a Scotland victory against Ireland. The second is a closer to ESCA with
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Macca’s Maiden ODI 100
Scotland v Ireland 30 January 2007
Scotland won by 3 wickets
ICC World Cricket League Division 1
Man of the match Neil McCallum was delighted to score his maiden one-day international century in this game as Scotland chased 281; but when he was out, he was a worried man as he thought he had left his side too much to do, because his dismissal still left Scotland needing 33 from just 21 balls. It was left to the injured Colin Smith, who was batting with a runner, and skipper Craig Wright to pull off a very exciting win off the final ball.
In fact Neil had almost missed out on his century as he was magnificently caught on the fine-leg boundary by William Porterfield in the previous over, and was halfway back to the pavilion. However the fielder was adjudged to have touched the rope, and the 6 took Neil to 99. The line between success and failure is small as he had needed luck very early on when he was trying to force the pace, and was nearly caught at deep mid-on off a skier. He then reached his century from 92 balls, and was immediately caught at long-on. He and Colin Smith had put on 104 in 12.3 overs.
So 15 were needed off the final over. A single to Craig Wright off the first ball allowed Colin to face, and he lofted the biggest six of the day over the bowler’s head. Eight runs were required off four balls, then 7 from three. From the fourth ball it was Craig’s turn to launch another monstrous six over long-on to bring the scores level with two balls left. However Craig’s shot was stopped by mid-on to prevent the single. Fortunately Kevin O’Brien overpitched his final ball, which Craig dispatched for four; his 23* had taken only 11 balls.
Earlier Scotland had kept on losing wickets, including Dougie Brown off a reverse sweep, and at 144-6, Ireland were clear favourites. Majid Haq had a very good game, taking 3 wickets and scoring 52 as opener; he also did well as Colin Smith’s runner, so that he was off the field for just 11 balls. Paul Hoffmann also took 3 wickets. For Ireland Bray took 49.3 overs to score 116, and it was left to Australian Trent Johnston to increase the tempo by scoring 45* off only 19 balls. Maybe Scotland’s bowlers were still suffering the after-effects of their digestive troubles of the past week.
Several of the Scots side achieved their personal best. Neil’s previous best was 68, Colin’s was 30, and Craig Wright 18, Majid Haq’s 2-53 beat his previous best of 2-57.
Craig Wright secured the scalp of Eoin Morgan. Eoin had made his ODI debut in August 2006 against Scotland at the age of 19, becoming the first ODI debutant to be dismissed for 99. Five days after the match where Neil MacCallum scored his century, Eoin also made his own maiden ODI century (Feb 4 2007) against Canada; he didn’t play for England till May 2009.
The day after Neil’s century, Scotland played Canada, which was another very close match. Someone different was going to be a star!
- JP Bray b Hoffmann 116
- WTS Porterfield c Smith b Hoffmann 11
- ETG Morgan c Smith b Wright 41
- NJ O’Brien lbw b Haq 10
- KJ O’Brien c McCallum b Haq 13
- AC Botha st Smith b Haq 4
- WK McCallan b Hoffmann 22
- DT Johnston not out 45
- JF Mooney not out 3
Extras (b1, lb5, w5, nb4) 15
Total 280-7 (50 overs)
AR White and D Langford-Smith dnb
- PJC Hoffmann 10 0 44 3
- JAR Blain 7 0 35 0
- CM Wright 10 1 47 1
- DR Brown 6 0 38 0
- RM Haq 10 1 53 3
- RT Lyons 7 0 57 0
FOW: 1-24, 2-95, 3-119, 4-142, 5-155, 6-206, 7-271
- DF Watts c Sub b Johnston 2
- RM Haq b McCallan 52
- RR Watson c KJ O’Brien b Botha 22
- GM Hamilton c Morgan b Botha 11
- NFI McCallum c White b Botha 100
- DR Brown c sub b McCallan 3
- PJC Hoffmann run out 0
- CJO Smith not out 49
- CM Wright 23
Extras ( b2, lb7, w7, nb6) 22
Total 284-7 (50 overs)
- DT Johnston 9 0 51 1
- D Langford-Smith 7 1 46 0
- AC Botha 10 0 46 3
- KJ O’Brien 8 0 52 0
- WK McCallan 10 0 41 2
- JF Mooney 3 0 26 0
- AR White 3 0 14 0
FOW: 1-25, 2-60, 3-90, 4-137, 5-141, 6-144, 7-248
Fun for SMRH on their travels!
Penicuik 2nd XI v SMRH 2nd VII (sic)
August 21st 2004
Penicuik 2nd XI were struggling for players in 2004. They were bottom of Division 1 in 2003, and now they suffered the indignity of losing all 14 2nd division games in the 2004 season. Worse than that, SMRH 2nd XI, who had also struggled to get full sides out each week, sent a team of only 7 players to Penicuik and beat them comfortably.
SMRH’s 3rd & 4th XIs had 11 men each – which provided an interesting talking point. Fortunately for SMRH, the players they did have were seasoned campaigners; Penicuik had today’s 1st XI skipper Grant Davidson but the youngsters weren’t as experienced as SMRH. James Crispin says the long grass helped (the ratio at the school)and the run-out was crucial as Penicuik were getting their momentum back then. Peter Kingsbury (who was run out) remembers Cliff Hutt calling him for a run and being sent back when he was almost at the other end. Peter says “I never forgave him for it”!
In 2004 each bowler could bowl 15 overs rather than the limit now of 1/5 of the overs played. 31 extras helped their cause as they won by 26 runs.
SMRH 2nd VII
- SC Farquharson lbw Kingsbury 22
- SR Foubister lbw Bentley 16
- CJ Grahamslaw c Bentley b Kingsbury 0
- M Meacham b Kingsbury 17
- P Mitchell b Hopkins 47
- CD Butcher not out 11
- JR Crispin b Hopkins 0
(Extras b19, lb7, nb2, w3) 31
Total 144 all out
- G Hopkins 13 4 48 2
- P Kingsbury 15 4 36 3
- J Bentley 11 1 34 1
FOW: 28, 28, 64, 94, 144, 144.
Penicuik 2nd XI
- J Bentley c Farquharson b Mitchell 4
- J Fraser c Meacham b Crispin 4
- G Davidson b Crispin 1
- R Cursiter c Meacham b Crispin 9
- C Hutt c Farquharson b Butcher 37
- P Kingsbury run out 9
- T McKenzie b Meacham 16
- G Blasard lbw Crispin 2
- G Hopkins lbw Crispin 9
- M Lister c Mitchell b Crispin 2
- B Bartas not out 0
Extras ( b14, lb2, nb3, w6) 25
Total 118 all out
- P Mitchell 13 3 25 1
- JR Crispin 14.1 3 22 6
- CD Butcher 10 2 23 1
- G Grahamslaw 4 0 10 0
- M Meacham 2 0 12 0
FOW: 4, 10, 26, 31, 61, 88, 101, 111, 112, 118