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Clement hits sixes for fun as Highland beat Northern Counties

By Staff Reporter

Northern Meeting Park played host to an incredible display of batting from Highland Cricket Club vice-captain Kacy Clement as they defeated Inverness rivals Northern Counties.

A wet pitch because of rain delayed the start of the action, with the match being reduced to 40 overs per side.

It was a back and forth derby match, with the hosts actually on top for much of the first innings.

That was before Clement obliterated the Counties bowling figures, smashing a remarkable 20 sixes.

Euan Smith and Rob Nixon had helped get the Nosca leaders off to a solid start, accumulating 42 and 32 respectively as Highland built an innings of 82-1.

But a batting collapse would give the advantage temporarily to Counties.

Nuwan Eshwara (6-15) ripped through the Highland top and middle order, taking four wickets in a single over as Highland were reduced to 86-7.

Jamie Rodger also chipped in with three wickets of his own, ending with figures of 3-60.

Counties would have been looking to skittle out the tail and put themselves in a commanding position to inflict a first league defeat of the season on Highland.

But Clement had other ideas, counter attacking with some massive hitting.

The issue was that wickets continued to fall, and by the time last man Anup Shetty walked to the crease for his first innings for the club in the 29th over, Highland were still only on 123-9.

Clement had to take most of the strike for himself to give Highland a chance of victory, but he did exactly that to devastating effect.

He hit 20 sixes and four boundaries in a last wicket partnership of 130.

Clement incredibly scored all 130 runs himself, ending on 154 not out as Counties were set 254 for victory.

They would have been forgiven for being shellshocked, and with West Indian quick bowler Clement now taking wickets with the ball in hand they never looked like pulling off an unlikely victory.

Counties were never able to build partnerships, although they too counter attacked towards the end.

It was too little too late though, and Counties were finally bowled out for 180 in the 36th over.

If there is one consolation for Counties, who fall further behind the league leaders in the title race, it is that they became the first side to pass 100 while batting against Highland this season.

The weekend’s second derby in the cup on Sunday was abandoned due to rain without a ball being played.

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