Match Report
Dollar Academy Boys-U15A vs  S1-S3 Schools Cup
On: Wednesday, 29 May 2019
Venue: Away

On another sunny day in Perth at the beautiful Doo'Cot Ground Dollar Colts fielded first against Dundee High in the T20 Scottish Schools Cup Competition. Dundee found the soft pitch a challenge at first and were struggling on 12 runs for 3 wickets off the first three overs. However, there followed an excellent partnership of 100 runs between batters 3 and 5 - with some majestic boundaries being scored by both players - Number 3 finished on 70 not out - a fantastic innings helping Dundee to a big total of 126 - over six an over. This looked like taking the game away from Dollar before they had even batted.

Dollar didn't seem to know how to get either out and there were several soft catches that went down that proved to be very costly.The pick of the bowlers were the openers Daniel Pearson and Alex Turlik (captain for the day). Pearson ended his four overs 3 wickets for 9 runs and Turlik with 4 overs 3 for 15. Charlie Saunders and Archie Jaffrey-Smith bowled three overs at the end for only 13 runs. The keeping was excellent with only two byes. Five catches went down. The Dundee innings was pegged back very well towards the back end of the innings with 23 runs off the last six overs (less than 4 runs an overs). The seven different bowlers all contributed in their own way with excellent economy rates from Jaffrey Smith, Saunders and Walker of four or less an over. It looked at one point as if Dundee would make over 150.

So Dollar needed 127 to win on a fast outfield against a team full of Caledonia players.

The pairing of Pearson and Turlik opened again and struggled against some accurate bowling - managing only 19 runs off the first five overs - well behind the run rate. However, Turlik hit then opened up with five boundaries off his next seven balls to move the score onto 50, before being bowled. 50 for 1 off 8 overs - a good start, however still a lot to do.

Henry Daniels was next in, playing very sensibly, running quick singles and rotating the strike to Pearson who started to take a few risks offering the odd chance to fielders - he rode his luck a bit and picked off nine fours and a big six off the next six overs - from 50-1 off 8 to 108-1 in the space of five overs - how things can turn around quickly in a match.

Daniels was bowled on 17 runs, with 19 still needed off the last 7 overs. Jaffrey-Smith played confidently to allow Pearson to close the game out in the fifteenth over - ending on 68 not out off only 38 balls - a strike rate of 179.

This was a good win against a very strong Dundee team who always looked like they could take wickets. A big thank you to the travelling support and also to the boys from Forms I and II who played - their time for an innings will hopefully come soon.

Thank you also to Dundee for helping make the game be played in the right spirit.

The next cup game is the semi-final in a couple of weeks.