Andrew Nixon (CricketEurope)
Scotland's captain Rory Johnston had a day to remember at the European Under-15 Championship today in Rugby as he put in a superb all-round performance to help his team beat Jersey.
After winning the toss and choosing the bat first, Johnston led the way with the bat, top scoring in his team's innings. He shared in the biggest partnership of the innings, putting on 82 for the second wicket with Syed Shah.
There was something of a collapse in the middle of Scotland's innings as they went from 142-3 to 149-7 inside four overs, with Johnston getting out for 67. Oliver Brown and Angus Hinton then put on 63 for the eighth wicket to get Scotland back on track.
The Scots eventually reached 228 before losing their final wicket from the last ball of their innings, with William Packman the pick of the Jersey bowlers with 4-31.
After losing David Bourne early in their reply, the Jersey pair of George Moore and Benjamin Ward put on 123 for the second wicket, scoring 45 and 58 respectively. They were scoring too slowly though, and when Moore was run out in the 38th over, they had scored 133.
At that point Rory Johnston put in an inspired display. In his second bowling spell, he took seven wickets in five overs to finish with 7-30. The last wicket pair held on for a while and Jersey were able to bat out their overs, scoring 197-9, losing by 31 runs.
Scotland will play Ireland on the last day tomorrow, needing a huge win if they're to overcome Ireland's superior net run rate. Jersey's last match will be against their Channel Island rivals Guernsey.
Scotland Under-15s beat Jersey Under-15s by 31 runs
Rugby School Cricket Grounds, 7 August
Scotland Under-15s 228 (50 overs, R Johnston 67, O Brown 38, W Packman 4-31)
Jersey Under-15s 197-9 (50 overs, B Ward 58, G Moore 45, R Johnston 7-30)