Hampshire v Saltires Match Report
From Cricket Scotland, Photos by Ian Potts
The Scottish Saltires fought hard in their opening 2013 Yorkshire Bank 40 campaign at the Ageas Bowl but couldn’t manage to defend 192 as Hampshire won by 5 wickets.
Having lost the toss the Saltires were put into bat by Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams with overcast conditions offering something for the team bowling first.
A new opening partnership of Freddie Coleman and Calum MacLeod kick-started the batting innings for the Saltires and looked in good touch as Coleman found the cover boundary in the second over and another down to fine-leg.
A disappointed MacLeod departed for 13 after attempting a scoop shot over the wicketkeeper. Chris Wood, who made good ground running backwards, took the catch breaking the opening stand worth 37.
Coleman was the next wicket to fall, aiming to hit down the ground, as the ball went high into the sky and into the grateful hands of David Balcombe for 27.
Matt Machan, a late addition to the squad after being released by Sussex, made 8 runs in the middle but was soon on his way back to the pavilion. He top edged a Balcombe delivery and it spooned to Shaun Ervine at mid-wicket to complete an easy catch.
The Saltires were soon four wickets down with only 12 runs added to the total as Haq was tucked up by a short delivery by Ervine and the high catch taken by Liam Dawson at first slip.
Richie Berrington and interim captain Preston Mommsen put on a handy partnership in the middle overs to steady the ship until England spinner Danny Briggs deceived Berrington and Adam Wheater whipped off the bails to stump his man.
Debutant Matthew Cross had licence to play aggressively, as he and the captain moved the score onto 131 until he was well caught by a diving James Vince at deep-mid wicket in the 35th over off the bowling of Chris Wood.
The Hampshire bowler was to claim his second wicket of the innings soon after, dismissing Moneeb Iqbal, but not before the batsman had struck three quick boundaries to give the Saltires some much needed runs.
Preston Mommsen looked assured at the crease and reached a well-deserved 50 from 73 deliveries and was well supported by Gordon Goudie in the final overs. Goudie again showed his hard-hitting capabilities capping a fine innings with 15 runs from only 6 deliveries with two fours and a six.
The Salitres came off the pitch after their allotted 40 overs with a score of 192 to defend with Mommsen ending on 60 not out.
The overcast conditions remained over the Ageas Bowl as Hampshire started their reply with Michael Carberry and James Vince heading to the middle.
Calvin Burnett, who had put in some impressive performances with ball against Durham 2XI during the week, was again in fine form bowling with pace and bounce to beat Carberry on a number of occasions.
He was to soon get his man with a wicked delivery that took the outside of the bat and was pouched by Cross behind the stumps - his first catch at senior representative-level .
Soon after Gordon Goudie dismissed the in-form James Vince for 6 as the batsman came down the track to get a thick edge. Haq then pulled off what could only be described as a ‘wonder catch’ when the ball had stuck in his right hand after the spinner had leaped into the air, not to dissimilar to an early season salmon.
The Scots were then confronted with a familiar face as former Saltire George Bailey made his way to the middle, with their tails up they continued to bowl economically.
Bailey had amassed 24 before former captain Gordon Drummond beat him all ends up with a fantastic delivery to bowl the Australian batsman and give the Saltires hope of pulling off an upset over the reigning YB40 Champions.
Unfortunately for the Saltires it wasn’t to be as Jimmy Adams (51) and Liam Dawson (54*) kept their cool rotating the strike to get them close to the required total.
Drummond struck again to dismiss Adams, who was well caught by Iqbal on the leg-side boundary and Machan had picked up the wicket of Sean Ervine. A full-toss which saw the batsman hit the ball straight into the hands of MacLeod at mid-off.
Wheater played an impressive innings, reverse sweeping Haq to the boundary twice, to get Hampshire home in the 38th over.
Afterwards Scotland coach Pete Steindl said, “We got a really good start and set ourselves what we thought was a really good platform, but I think we were a little bit guilty overs nine through to 20 where we started to think a little bit long term, but we finished really strong with good knocks from Preston, Matthew and Moneeb got us up to the 190s but we would have given us a bit more to bowl at.
Bowling-wise we stuck to our plans and bowled tight lines and our fielding was pretty solid as well, at the end of the day it wasn’t quite enough.
It’s a young squad and there are plenty of positives that came out today. For a first hit out this season we can look to build on this performance when we play Essex next Sunday at the Grange.”