Ross Greenwell on song as Durham Under-17s dominate Scotland in drawn clash

Durham County U17s batsman Ross Greenwell

Durham County U17s batsman Ross Greenwell

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Durham Cricket Board Under-17s had to settle for a draw against Scotland in their two-day match at Uddingston.

Durham skipper Josh Coughlin won the toss and elected to bat, but South Shields’ Edward Hurst was bowled for nought in the first over by left arm pace bowler Ihtisham Malik.

Soon after, Tom Hewitson edged to slip for seven, but Blaydon`s Ross Greenwell stuck in, scoring 109 from 312 balls, batting for six hours and 23 minutes to lead the visitors to 332-8 declared from 111.2 overs.

Matt Gill was caught for 30, while Durham City’s Scott Steel came in No 4 to score 72 in 100 balls, featuring 13 fours, backed by half-centuries from two Hetton Lyons players, captain Coughlin (52) and Cameron Grimwood (50no). Malik was the pick of Scotland’s bowlers, bagging 3-47 from 19 overs.

Scotland, facing a big run chase, started badly as Greenwell took a wicket with his first ball, opening the bowling. The Scots fell to 3-2 and continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, finally falling for 125 in 48.1 overs, Fred Culley (36) top-scoring.

Will Angus, Laurence Wood, Grimwood and Jake Louth all struck twice for Durham, who enforced the follow-on and had Scotland on 157-7 at the close.

Jason Erskine was the pick of Durham’s bowlers with 3-21 from seven overs, with Hussain, Louth, Wood and Steel also striking.