Marcus Scotland plays starring role for London Schools
Marcus Scotland underlined his potential after playing an integral role in London Schools’ upset over Leicestershire Under-18 in a 50-overs contest in Hertfordshire, England yesterday.
The grandson of late St George’s Cup Match legend Rupert Scotland and son of former Western Stars batsman Cleon Scotland topped his team’s batting, took a catch and also had a run-out to help guide them to a four-wicket win at the Shenley Cricket Centre.
Scotland and his team-mates might have regretted sending their opponents in to bat after winning the toss, as they seemed comfortably poised at 96 for three.
However, Leicestershire suffered a massive collapse from which they were unable to recover, as their last seven wickets fell for 68 runs.
Scotland, 18, was influential in turning the match in his team’s favour as he caught Leicestershire opener Fred Fallows for 54 on the mid-wicket boundary off the bowling of Fraser Whiteland.
He then capped a solid display in the field by running out middle-order batsman Sachin Dubb while attempting a cheeky single fielding in the covers.
Leicestershire were eventually dismissed for 164 in 28.1 overs with top-order batsmen Raheem Ahmed (14) and Max Law (39) the only others managing double figures.
Rohail Imman (two for 40), Brij Sheopuri (two for 21) and Whiteland (two for 19) were the pick of the bowlers.
London Schools, coached by former England fast bowler Philip DeFreitas, lost opener Nasir Noori (18) early in their run chase after adding 38 with Scotland for the first wicket.
However, any thoughts Leicestershire might have had of running through their opponents’ top order were quickly dashed as Scotland added a further 53 with new partner Danny Blyghton (38) on the way to a team-high knock of 41 from 64 balls that included five boundaries.
Scotland eventually fell short of a deserved half-century, but by then his team were comfortably poised.
The innings took a dramatic late turn with victory well within sight as London Schools lost three wickets for 14 runs before middle-order pair Jed Crerar and Sheopuri saw them safely across the line with 60 balls to spare.
All-rounder Rohail Imman was the remaining London Schools batsman in double figures, stroking 24 from 43 balls, which included one four and a six.
Fourth-change Reeshav Adit Mukheriee was the pick of the Leicestershire bowling with two for 23.