Lions Beat Scotland XI at the Wanderers

31 Oct

 

The Lions won the toss and elected to bat first in warm and bright conditions and made good progress during their innings, as South African A player, Stephen Cook top-scored for the home side.

Opening batsmen Cook, who boasts a highest first-class individual score of 390, took the attack to the Scottish bowlers with some stylish strokes to anchor the innings.

Gordon Goudie was again the pick of the Scotland bowlers taking 3-51 off 9 overs, while Majid Haq claimed 1-45 from his full bowling allocation along with Michael Leask’s short 4 over spell yielding figures of 1-25.

The hosts were to finish their innings strongly with Cook eventually reaching 108, as the Lions concluded their 50 overs on 308-7.

Scotland’s reply got off to a steady start, before a cluster of wickets fell in quick succession to reduce the visitors to 50-5 after the first 10 overs.

Calum MacLeod and Matt Murphy both made half centuries to bring the Scots back into contention, although when they tried to get up with the required run-rate, more wickets tumbled.

It was a decent rear-guard action by Goudie who smacked an unbeaten 27 from only 12 balls, along with Matt Machan who was batting at 11 due to a minor niggling injury. However, it was all in vain as the Scotland XI found themselves dismissed with 6 overs remaining and 69 runs short of the Lions total.

Scotland will now play two T20 matches on Friday against a Combined North West XI to conclude the tour, with the team traveling back on the 5th November after their final scheduled match against the Highveld Lions was cancelled. 

 

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