Saltires undone by Hampshire at Titwood
Saltires 136ao (40 ov); Gardiner 29, Wood 8-2-25-2 lost to Hampshire 137/1 (15.1ov); Vince 75, Carberry 45, by 9 wickets (with 149 balls remaining) [Scorecard]
The Scottish Saltires hosted Hampshire at Titwood in the second of their farewell triple header in the competition on Wednesday (13 August).
The young Scots knew they would be up against it as the 2012 YB40 Champions came to town. The Saltires found their visitors in inspired form as they bid to make the finals of the T20 and 40 over formats of the ECB competitions.
Hampshire won the toss and inserted the Saltires on a dry wicket, with the weather forecast looking more favourable than Sunday’s rain affected encounter against Durham.
Hamish Gardiner and Freddie Coleman opened the batting and were greeted by Pakistan international Sohail Tanvir.
Dimitri Mascarenhas opened from the other end and immediately had Coleman leg-before from his first delivery. Things got worse for the Saltires when Richie Berrington drove the ball into the covers only to be well caught by James Vince diving to his left for 0, with the score on 14/2 in the fourth over.
Gardiner looked to add to his first two Saltires scores of 48 against Surrey and 23 against Durham with a flick off his legs from a Mascarenhas delivery to bring up the first boundary of day.
An excellent opening spell by the Hants openers had the home side immediately on the back-foot, and when MacLeod edged Tanvir to Neil MacKenzie at first slip with score on 23/3 in the seventh over.
Preston Mommsen and Gardiner looked to re-build, and the pair were doing a good job on a pitch that seemed a little two paced. Gardiner moved to 20 with a pull shot in-font of square in the 14th over. A single into the leg-side ensured the Saltires reached their 50 in the 18th over.
Mascarenhas was greeted with generous applause by the Titwood faithful as he wandered to the fine-leg boundary after finishing an excellent 8 over spell with figures of 2/27.
Gardiner would have been disappointed, after looking set, when he skied Danny Briggs first delivery of the day to substitute Riazzudin for 20.
The Saltires innings then began to unravel again as they lost three wickets for only 4 runs to leave them in a sorry state at 64/6. Moneeb Iqbal departed when he top edged Briggs into the grateful hands of Mascarenhas. A mix up followed between Matthew Cross and Mommsen which saw the captain short of his ground after scoring 21.
Haq endured three LBW appeals from Liam Dawson during the 30th over before the left arm spinner eventually got his man leg-before in his next over.
Cross and Goudie took the score past 100 before Cross was caught on the leg-side boundary having made 22, giving Mascarehas his second catch and Tanvir his second wicket of the day.
Goudie added some entertainment towards the end of the innings, he moved onto 24 with a big hit down the ground for six.
Ruaidrhi Smith hit Mark Wood for four, only to be yorked next delivery for 6, and when Drummond was bowled from the final delivery of the innings the Saltires had managed a well below par score of 136.
If the neutral fans were disappointed with the amount of boundaries from the first innings Michael Carberry and James Vince were to provide fireworks to bring the game to a quick finish.
Carberry got things going driving Goudie’s first delivery for four through the covers. Smith opened from the other end and he was greeted in similar fashion by the same batsman with a back-foot drive which raced to the fence.
The boundaries kept on coming as Vince and Carberry gave the Saltires a torrid time in the field with some very impressive hitting, taking the score to 30/0 after only five overs.
A big six, hooked over square-leg, followed by a four in the same region next ball had the Saltires chasing leather.
Hampshire’s 50 came up in the seventh over with Carberry on 35 and Vince on 15. It was then that Vince went crazy; Haq, usually Scotland’s most reliable bowler, had four boundaries taken from the eighth over.
Vince was to reach his half century in the 11th over from 37 deliveries which included nine fours. as he sent the ball to all parts of the ground
Carberry was the only Hampshire wicket to fall in pursuit of the Saltires total thanks to a smart bit of work by Cross standing up to the stumps to dismiss the batsman for 45 from a mere 27 balls.
The 2012 Yorkshire Bank holders continued in the same fashion towards the end as their run-rate flew along at 9 per over.
The end was soon in sight for Hampshire and came as Vince swept the ball to the boundary in the 16 over to seal a convincing win.
The Saltires must now pick themselves up for their final match in the Yorkshire Bank 40 against Lancashire on Thursday at the same ground with a 1:45pm start.