Durham win a wet YB40 encounter
Scotland 161/6 (37/37 ov) Berington 39, MacLeod 33,Collingwood 4-0-25-2 lost to Durham 106/2 (16.1/20 ov, target 104) Stoneman 54* by 8 wickets (with 23 balls remaining) (D/L method) [Scorecard]
The Scottish Saltires started their triple header against Durham at Clydesdale CC on Sunday after a rain affected encounter saw the visitors achieve a 7 wicket win.
After Saltire captain Preston Mommsen had won the toss and elected to bat, Hamish Gardiner and Freddie Colman opened the innings against the bowling attack of Graham Onions and Chris Rushworth at an overcast Titwood.
Coleman stroked the first boundary of the innings through mid-wicket from Rushworth’s first delivery of the day as the Warwickshire batsmen looked to build on his half century against Surrey the previous week.
Onions suffered a hand injury as Coleman offered the England bowler a sharp return chance which he couldn’t hold onto.
The heavens opened during the 7th over which meant the players and spectators had to dash for shelter with the score on 13/0. It was however, only passing, and the players were soon back out in the middle, three overs having been lost.
The Saltires innings got going in the 10th over. Three boundaries, first Gardiner finding the fence with a majestic cover drive, while Coleman cut over point then down to third-man took the score to 30/0.
The two batsmen had brought up their 50 partnership in the 14th over as spinner Gareth Breese entered the attack. He was soon into his stride as he claimed the first Dynamo wicket of the day, bowling Colman for 24.
The wicket of Gardiner followed 8 runs later as he chopped onto his stumps during leg-spinner Scott Borthwick’s first over of the day.
Onions had continued after his hand injury, but on completing his spell left the field to get it iced up finishing with figures of 8-2-15-0.
Richie Berrington was joined by Calum MacLeod and the pair adopted a plan to sweep the spinners as the Saltires looked to re-build their innings.
A boundary to MacLeod moved the score to 81/2 in the 25th over. Another two boundaries came in the following over as MacLeod dissected the two leg-side fielders and then found the rope with a reverse-sweep from the bowling of Borthwick to take 10 runs off the over.
Durham turned to Ben Stokes to try and get the breakthrough; he started well with only a solitary run coming from his first over of the day. MacLeod was soon to depart as he looked to pull a Stokes delivery in his second over, only to drag the ball onto his stumps for 33. Scotland found themselves 120/3 in the 31st over.
Goudie, pushed up the order to play the pinch-hitting role, crashed the ball to the point boundary. Unfortunately for the Saltires, he was trapped in-front shortly afterwards swiftly followed by Mommsen as the innings stuttered.
From being 120/2 the Saltires had slid to 132/5 in the space of a few overs to prevent setting a more imposing score. Berrington, doing his best to accelerate the total, looked to hit Collingwood down the ground, only to sky a catch to Stokes at mid-on for 39.
Wallace (17*) and Haq (5*) struggled to find the boundaries towards the end of the innings as the Saltires concluded on 167/6.
No sooner had the players sat down to devour their lunch than the rain returned to delay the Durham reply. The wait meant that another 10 overs were lost with the target set to 137 from 27 overs. With a few dark clouds hanging about the Duckworth Lewis sheets were at the ready.
Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard opened the innings and Stoneman immediately went on the attack. Ruaidhri Smith’s first ball disappeared through the covers before two boundaries came in the following over - a flick off his hips before a powerful cover-drive raced to the rope.
The Saltires offered the Durham openers too much width and the visitors took advantage racing to 36/0 in the fifth over.
A couple of further boundaries for Stoneman saw Durham requiring 102 from 22 overs.
However, the rain then returned with 9.4 overs bowled. This was two deliveries short of a result being determined and, with things tight at the top of the group B, Durham needed a win.
Eventually play resumed at 6:50pm with Durham requiring another 53 with 10.2 overs remaining after the latest shower, with Stoneman on 38 and Mustard on 6.
Mustard wasted little time in getting into the groove as he struck a maximum over long-off to take Durham to 69/0 with 9 overs remaining.
Mustrard favoured long-on and hit a further two sixes, with one ending on the Clydesdale pavilion roof, before a straight drive down the ground left Durham requiring only 17 runs with 7 overs remaining.
Two quick wickets fell when Moneeb Iqball bowled Mustard for 30 and then had Gordon Muchall stumped two balls later.
Stoneman reached a deserved half-century to ensure Durham reached the target after a one bounce boundary into the leg-side. Durham wrapped up victory by 8 wickets with 23 balls remaining.
The Saltires now play Hampshire on Tuesday and finish their involvement in an ECB competition against Lancashire on Thursday.