Scotland 'A' seal victory over Gloucestershire 2XI

26 Jul

Scotland 'A' 474 & 184/5 beat Gloucestershire 2XI 135 & 248 by 275 runs [Scorecard]

Scotland ‘A’ were made to work hard for their wickets on the final day’s play in Bristol against Gloucestershire 2XI.

The Scots dismissed the home side for 284 in the final session of the day, to secure a 275 run win.

At the conclusion of the game coach Grant Bradburn was happy with his sides efforts, “It was an outstanding three days of cricket from our side with a string of standout individual performances. 

Playing in excellent conditions at Thornbury CC where the master himself WG Grace once played, we were made to fight hard for outright victory.  20 year old Elliot Ruthven was the standout performer on the final day with persistent disciplined line and length earning himself 5 wickets 5/38 from 15 overs to close out the match for Scotland ‘A’. 

The fielding was also a feature throughout the match highlighted by Michael English removing the dangerous Tavare with an outstanding catch which broke a key partnership today.

Three-day cricket in good conditions versus quality opposition is a great learning environment for our players and our team relished that opportunity down here in Bristol. I can see players learning and adapting quickly to this level which is a great sign and clear evidence we need this quality cricket more regularly. For our senior players, of course, this is valuable preparation for our UAE series up in Aberdeen in two weeks. 

 Richie Berrington helped himself to a big hundred and batted superbly on day one for 171, featuring three century plus partnerships in a row with Mommsen (74), de Lange (77), Watt (42). 

Alasdair Evans dominated Gloucestershire's 1st innings with 5/34 off 14 overs. For all of our younger players this was a hugely valuable opportunity to show off their skills on the back of Scotland Regional and Club success. Chris Greaves, Chris Sole, Michael English, Adrian Neill and Elliot Ruthven all confirmed their talent here with valuable contributions.  

The side was lead expertly by Craig Wallace who manipulated the bowlers and field placing superbly to create pressure and earn opportunities for wickets. “

All players will play club cricket over the weekend before we are in action again next week against Lancashire 2XI in Blackpool, who we expect also to be tough opposition.” 

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Close Day 2: Scotland 'A' 474 & 184/5 Greaves 54*, lead Gloucestershire 2XI 135 & 80/4, Evans (5/34)  by 443 runs [Scorecard] 

Scotland ‘A” enjoyed another good day at Thornbury CC against Gloucestershire's second string on Wednesday.

Ali Evans produced a fine performance with the ball at the start of the day to enhance the visitors strong position. Elliott Ruthven also built on his wicket the evening before, as Gloucestershire found themselves on 58/5 in the 26th over.

Neill and de Lange both collected a wicket, but Evans (5/34) and Ruthven (3/33) did the bulk of the damage as the hosts were dismissed for 135. 

The Scots elected to bat again to extend their already healthy lead. Wallace (35), English (24) and Berrington (42) all enjoyed time in the middle. Chris Greaves top scored with 54 from 60 balls before the Scottish declaration came. 

With a daunting target of 523 to win, the Scots had removed Gilmour and Bracey within the first 5 overs of their chase. Ruthven then had Garrett caught behind for 20 and the dismissal of Charlesworth, LBW to Mark Watt, concluded a satisfactory day for Wallace and his men. 

The final day’s play will commence with Scotland ‘A’ 443 runs ahead as Gloucestershire look to preserve their six wickets.  

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Close Day 1: Scotland ‘A’ 474ao, Berrington 171, de Lange 77, Mommsen 74, Hampton 5/123 Gloucestershire 18/1 after 9.5 overs [Scorecard] 

Scotland ‘A’ enjoyed a solid first day against hosts Gloucestershire 2XI at Thorbury CC on Tuesday.  

A good start with the new ball by Chris Liddle had Kyle Coetzer edging behind before Michael English was dismissed for 1. 

Craig Wallace contributed 34 runs from 35 balls as he took the attack to the home bowlers. Chris Greaves then went for 18, as the Scots found themselves on 77/4 in the 15th over. 

The next wicket to fall was with the score on 183 as Preston Mommsen struck 74 from 78 deliveries, well supported by Richie Berrington, to build a good foundation for the innings. 

A partnership worth 137 runs for the sixth wicket between Con de Lange (77) and Berrington helped their side move  into a strong position. 

Berrington was to complete a fine century, and together with Mark Watt (42), took the score to 427/7. Berrington, who now had his eye in started to go through the gears plundering 23 fours and a six. He was eventually Tom Hampton's fifth wicket, but not before the 29 year-old had amassed an impressive 171 runs.

The visitors were finally dismissed for 474 with Gloucestershire 2XI having to negotiate a tricky period before the close of play. 

The openers saw out 9.4 overs until Elliott Ruthven struck the pads to take the wicket of Bracey for 4. That wicket was to be the last action of the day with Gloucestershire 18/1 -  456 runs behind the Scots with two days to go.  

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