Lancashire show little love for Saltires final YB40 fling
Scotland 145 (35.4 of 36 overs); Berrington 35, Mommsen 31*, Ali 6.4-0-33-3, lost to Lancashire 125/3 (23.2 of 28 overs,by target 125); Smith 42*, Prince 36, (with 28 balls remaining) (D/L method) [Scorecard]
The Scottish Saltires bid farewell to their current involvement in the Yorkshire Bank 40 with another rain-affected encounter against Lancashire at Titwood in Glasgow.
It was the third time this week that the Saltires found themselves setting a target after Lancashire captain Glen Chappel won the toss and asked their opponents to have a bat.
A rain shower delayed the start by 5 minutes but soon passed as Freddie Coleman and Hamish Gardiner got proceedings underway.
It was a good first over for the Saltires with nine runs coming from it, but that was about as good as it got initially for the young Scots.
Another couple of rain showers meant the players were forced off twice in quick succession. On the resumption, Coleman lost his wicket after being undone by an excellent delivery from Kabir Ali clipping the top of off stump. This left the Saltires on 20/1 in the 6th over.
Berrington was off the mark with a well-guided boundary down to third man, before an edge by Gardiner beat the keeper and slip cordon. The bowler would soon get his revenge when he found the edge of Gardiner’s bat again; this time the ball went swiftly into the hands of Tom Smith at first slip.
Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod had the task of re-building the Saltires innings. MacLeod battled hard and was hit on the helmet from a rearing delivery by Chappel to unsettle the batsmen. He soon edged a catch behind which was well held by Cross to leave the hosts on 50/3 in the 14th over.
Mommsen survived a few close run out chances as the boundaries dried up for 23 overs of the Saltires innings, and risky runs seemed necessary if a competitive total was to be reached.
Berrington and Mommsen managed a partnership of 34 in ones and twos until Berrington chopped onto his stumps with the Saltires on 84/4 in the 24th over.
That wicket signalled a slump as an attempted two went horribly wrong when Croft - after spilling a tough chance off Mommsen at mid-wicket - threw down the stumps at the non-strikers end to dismiss the diving Moneeb Iqbal.
Another attempted run during the following over saw Matthew Cross caught short of his ground as Croft again succeeded with a direct hit from first-slip, with the Saltires still four short of three figures and six wickets down.
Michael Leask, Majid Haq and Gordon Goudie all perished in three consecutive overs with the Saltire innings in all sorts of trouble at 109/9.
Mommsen remained defiant at the crease and well aided by Calvin Burnett the pair put on 36 runs in four overs. Burnett hammered the first maximum of the innings over long-on followed by another three boundaries in the final over, before he was bowled by Ali to give the former England player his third wicket of the innings.
In reply Michael Leask opened the bowling and his off spin only yielded one run from his opening six deliveries.
The leaden clouds soon deposited its contents and the players were heading for shelter with Lancashire on 20/0. After an extensive break the covers were removed and they were back out with the target reduced to 125 from 28 overs.
Moore departed when he drove a fired up Burnett into the hands of Goudie in the covers for 18 with Lancashire on 26/1.
Ashwell Prince came to the crease and looked at ease, driving Burnett to the boundary twice in the eight over as he raced to 10.
Lancashire didn’t take any risks and knocked the ball around and Prince took full advantage when the bad ball came around and soon the visitors were on 83/1 in the 15th over.
Prince eventually departed after he chipped a Haq delivery to Burnett at backward-point for a majestic 36.
Simon Katich came to the crease as he and opener Tom Smith worked the ball around. Katich brought up the Lancashire 100 with a nudged single into the leg-side.
Gordon Goudie managed to dismiss Katich as the Australian got a leading edge which was pouched by Berrington. There wasn’t to be any more drama for the visitors as Ali Brown and Smith took their team to the score in the 34th over.
Cricket Scotland would like to thank Clydesdale Cricket Club for their hospitality over the three fixtures to make us feel very welcome.So it was a rather anti-climactic end to a campaign that has provided many highlights for Scottish Saltire fans over the years.
Scotland will return to the field on September 3 for their one day international against Australia at the Grange before facing Ireland in Dublin for their two must win matches if they are to have any aspirations of achieving the automatic qualifying spot for the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia.