Saltires promising start washed away

21 Jun

From Cricket Scotland, Photos by Ian Potts

Derbyshire groundstaff[Scorecard]

The Scottish Saltires ended their triple-header on the road in the Yorkshire Bank 40 with a washed out match at Derbyshire after only 9 overs were possible.

Preston Mommsen called correctly at the toss and decided to insert the hosts with a view to the forecasted rain, and a possible Duckworth Lewis chase.

Chesney Hughes and Wes Durston opened the batting for Derbyshire, with Neil Carter and Gordon Goudie took the new ball for the Saltires.

Hughes, who top scored for the Falcons when they came to the Grange last month, looked like he was in the mood to continue his good form getting off the mark with a maximum over backward square-leg.

The breakthrough for the Saltires came as Durston looked to hit Carter into the leg-side only to pick out Moneeb Iqbal, with the batsman having scored 4.

Hughes was still hitting boundaries at the other end and it was going to take something special to remove him. Richie Berrington produced exactly that with a fantastic direct hit throwing down the stumps from backward-point, to leave Hughes short of his ground - leaving Derbyshire on 36/2 after 9.3 overs.

Unfortunately for the Saltires they weren’t allowed the opportunity to build on their promising start as the rain came down. After a lengthy stoppage the match was abandoned at 8pm with a point being awarded to both sides.

The Saltires now have a break from YB40 action and will resume their campaign at the Kia Oval against Surrey on August 13. 

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