Scotland A defeated by Durham 2XI

19 Apr

Durham 2XI secured a comfortable win against Scotland A at the Riverside Emirates before the end of play on Day 2. [Scorecard] 

Scotsman Calum MacLeod pilled on the runs against his counterparts during the morning session as he struck 123 before he was removed by Gavin Main. 

Stuart Poynter became the fourth Durham player to reach three figures as he Paul Coughlin took their side to 654/4, before declaring their innings.

 At the start of the Scots reply Barry McCarthy accounted Coetzer (9) and Gardiner (26) to continue the momentum. 

Owais Shah made 22, while Preston Mommsen showed attacking intent with 47 from 37 deliveries.

Michael English stuck around for 50 deliveries as he compiled 32 before becoming Gurman Randhawa’s second wicket of the day. 

Mark Watt showed what he is capable with the bat and ball, as he registered an unbeaten 52 after producing an economical spell with the ball during Durham’s first innings. 

Randhawa secured two further wickets before Calum MacLeod concluded the match, running out Mitchell Rao, to give Durham 2XI the win by an innings and 280 runs. 

Coach Grant Bradburn said after the match, “A tough two days, after being well beaten by a quality Durham side, but a valuable opportunity particularly for our youngsters playing at this level for the first time. 

Durham bowled and batted with real first-class discipline, which was a great opportunity for our young players to be exposed to. 

The only way to become comfortable at this next level is to be exposed to it and Second XI County cricket of this quality is so valuable for our whole squad. 

A One-Day game tomorrow gives our players yet another chance to play on a Test venue, before taking the valuable experiences into the Club and Regional season ahead in Scotland.”

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Day 1 Close: Scotland A 157 (39.5 overs) Aslam 52*, Main 30, Harrison 4/52, Durham 2XI 395/1 (62 overs) Mustard 166, Clark 122, MacLeod 48* Scorecard

Scotland A travelled down to the Emirates Riverside to take on Durham 2XI and were met with glorious sunshine for the first day of their 3-day fixture. 

Kyle Coetzer captained the visitors, and after winning the toss elected to bat first, as he opened the innings alongside Hamish Gardiner.

The Scots quickly found themselves on the end of a devastating opening spell by the two seamers, Jamie Harrison and James Weighell. 

Harrison accounted for Coetzer as he was trapped in front, before Weighell had Gardiner caught behind with 14 on the board. 

The early momentum continued as Preston Mommsen was bowled by a cracking delivery from Harrison which knocked back his off-stump. The same bowler then dismissed Michael English to leave the score on 35/4. 

Owais Shah tried to remain patient with 10 from 38 balls but Weighell produced a snorting delivery to take the edge and was caught in the slips by fellow-Scot Calum MacLeod. 

MacLeod’s hands were again in action as Mark Watt edged Usman Arshad after scoring 17 runs. 

Haris Aslam gritted his teeth to top-scored with a determined 52 from 86 balls, stroking 9 fours and a maximum along the way. He was well supported by Gavin Main, who was facing his own county, to hit a run-a-ball 30.

Aslam remained not out, but Harrison (4/52) and Weighell (3/39) helped to bowl Scotland out for 157.

Phil Mustard and Graham Clark got their side off to a flying start taking advantage of any loose deliveries as they raced to their respective hundreds.

Mustard retied as he struck 166 from 131 balls as he made the Scots toil in the field. His partner, Clark, reached 122 before he was removed by Evans. 

Calum MacLeod steered his side, along with Gordon Muchall, to the end of the first day’s play. 

 

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