Saltires suffer heavy defeat
From Cricket Scotland, Photo by Ian Potts
The Scottish Saltires took a trip to the Emirates ICG to face Durham in the first of their three away matches in five days in the Yorkshire Bank 40.
Saltire captain Preston Mommsen won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked a good wicket. Just under 3,000 spectators gathered at the Riverside under overcast skies.
Things looked bright for the visitors as Tom Latham stroked his first boundary in a Saltires shirt through backward-point from a Rushworth delivery during the second over of the day.
However, that was about as good as it was going to get for the Saltires. Coleman became the first wicket of the innings, having only watched the first two overs from the non-strikers end; he was beaten by a Graham Onions delivery with Phil Mustard accepting the catch behind.
Richie Berrington (15) and Latham made steady progress until the former hooked a short delivery by Chris Wood, and was well caught by Pringle running in from the deep.
Berrington’s wicket then sparked panic in the Saltires ranks. Calum MacLeod was the next wicket to fall - trying to push the ball off his hips into the leg-side, only to get a feint feather to give Mustard his second catch of the afternoon.
The Satires’ wickets continued to tumble and the short ball once again did the trick for Durham. Mommsen pulled his first delivery from Onions only to pick out the grateful hands of Rushworth on the square-leg boundary.
Moneeb Iqbal fared no better, beaten all ends up by a Wood delivery to become the fourth Saltire to be dismissed without scoring.
From the Saltires being 26/1 they suddenly found themselves in a sticky situation of 39/5 in the space of a few overs.
Matthew Cross and Latham looked to get things back on track for the Saltires, and appeared to be doing a decent job until the New Zealander came down the wicket to Wood, offering a simple catch to Rushworth at mid-off.
Michael Leask contributed 4 runs to the total before he again became a victim trying to pull, failing to get hold of a Stokes delivery.
Paul Collingwood was introduced into the attack in the 22nd over and claimed the wicket of Cross for 12 with a delivery that nipped back to clip the off-stump.
Ruaidhri Smith soon followed for Collingwood’s second wicket of the day – clean bowled for the fifth duck of the Saltires innings.
Drummond mustered two boundaries before he became the final Saltires wicket to fall, dismissing the visitors for a disappointing 91 – Scotland’s lowest limited overs total against Durham.
Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard opened the batting for Durham while Goudie and Smith opened the bowling.
The Durham pair went out to finish the match in a hurry. Mustard was initially the aggressor until he skied a Goudie delivery as he looked to hit down the ground, only to be caught by Coleman.
Stoneman then went after the Saltires attack as he struck three boundaries from Goudie’s 3rd over. Goudie was then replaced by Calum MacLeod, who made an immediate impact trapping Stoneman in-front for 20.
Collingwood and Scott Borthwick looked to ease Durham past the total although Borthwick fell before the end after scoring 17 - dismissed prodding at a Berrington delivery that was caught by Goudie at second slip.
Stokes displayed some powerful hitting towards the end, scoring 17 runs from 14 balls. Wrapping up a convincing win, as the Saltires comprehended their sixth defeat of the 2013 season.
After the match Saltire captain Preston Mommsen said, “Terrible day at the office, after winning the toss and electing to bat, we are very disappointed with the outcome. Our shot selection was poor against a quality bowling attack and was a lack of application, so yeah it’s very disappointing.
We have felt we have been in a few games, and we’ve actually batted pretty well throughout the tournament, so to come here on a decent enough deck and to be bowled out for 90 is pretty disappointing.
We’re professional cricketers and we are expected to bounce back, and I’ll expect that from the lads. You know we have two games on the bounce now, so we no option but to pick ourselves up and we need to come back hard.”