Scotland A defeat Durham 2XI

24 Apr

Scotland A 271 & 318/4 (78 overs), Gardiner 109, Mommsen 105, beat Durham 2XI 286 & 297, Muchall 108, Watt 4/45, by6 wickets [Scorecard] 

The third and final day of the encounter between Scotland A and Durham 2XI saw the visitors get off to a good start in their quest to halt their opposition’s charge after finishing day 2 in a strong position, claiming four quick wickets in the morning session.

One of Scotland’s most promising spinners, Mark Watt, took three of the required wickets to finish the innings with figures of 4/45 from 15.1 overs.

Scotland A knew that they would need to bat well to overturn the the Durham lead of 312. The opening partnership between young Andrew Umeed and Hamish Gardiner continued to flourish, putting on 75, before Umeed fell for 32.

Gardiner again showed what he is capable of with another majestic knock, following on from his century in the first innings, gave the Scots the perfect platform to chase down a formidable score.

Captain Preston Mommsen offered Gardiner support from the other end, to put on 140 runs, with some aggressive strokes.

Gardiner was eventually caught and bowled after reaching 109, taking his run-count in the match to 256, but by now the Scots were already on the home straight, with only 103 required.

Richie Berrington and (24) and Michael Leask (33) looked good at the crease with some explosive shots, which allowed Mommsen to reach his 100 and see Scotland A over the line, with six wickets still in hand.

At the conclusion of the match coach Craig Wright said, "It has been an extremely beneficial three days in terms players gaining game time and valuable learning in the multi day format. It was a match in which the momentum fluctuated back and forth, but it was great to see the team recover from a challenging second day to finish so strongly, and ultimately secure a win today.

Hamish scoring two hundreds in the game was an outstanding individual effort and his partnership with Preston today was the foundation of our win. 

The bowling attack also did really well to keep Durham to 280 in the first innings on a good pitch and Mark Watt's 4 wickets early this morning to wrap things up this morning were also crucial. Thanks to Seton Carew CC for their hospitality and for producing an excellent pitch so early in the season.”

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Day 2: Scotland 271 (1st innings) Gardiner 147, Umeed 32, Durham 2XI 263/6 52 overs (286 1st innings), Muchall 108, lead by 278. 

Day 2 of the 3-day encounter started with Hamish Gardiner calmly knocking off the 25 runs required to get to a composed 100, in an innings that included 13 fours from 142 deliveries.

Mommsen had made his way to 28 until he was trapped LBW by Usman Arshad, which sparked a mini collapse before lunch.

Leask, Berrington and Ben Wilkinson all fell to the medium-fast Arshad, while Dylan Budge was run out for 15.

Gardiner wasn’t perturbed by the fall of wickets at the other end, as he became the last wicket to fall, after scoring 147, leaving Scotland A 15 runs short of Durham’s first innings total.

Alasdair Evans again took early wickets as the men from Chester–le-street looked to bat their opponents out of the game.

The experienced Gordon Muchall made his way to three figures with a captain’s knock of 108, while he was well supported by Pringle and Hickey to put the home side in a strong position.

Urshad showed his all-round qualities, after his four wickets in the first innings, compiling a swift 59 from 60 balls, with two maximums.

Gavin Main collected two wickets for the Scots, while Dylan Budge and Mark Watt each claimed a wicket.

Heading into the final day, Durham’s second string will continue on 263/6, with a lead of 278, as Scotland A search for the four remaining wickets before their final innings of the match. 

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Day 1: Durham 2XI 286 (74.4 overs) Clark 76, Evans 3/49, Sharif 3/41, Scotland A 125/1 (27 overs) Gardiner 76*, Umeed 32  

Scotland A travelled to Seaton Carew for their first outing of the season against a strong Durham 2XI on Wednesday 22 April.

Gordon Muchall won the toss and elected to bat first on a sunny day which produced idyllic conditions for cricket.

Alasdair Evans and Richie Berrington struck the pads of Muchall and Ryan Pringle, dismissing both batsmen LBW, to give the Scots the early initiative.

Clark and Coughlin consolidated their precarious position to put on a stand of 114 for the third wicket, before Evans struck again to dismiss Clark for 74.

Coughlin went past his half century to make 71 until Scott Cameron held onto an opportunity from the bowling of Michael Leask, with the score showing 181/5 in the 48th over.

Safyaan Sharif was then rewarded following some accurate bowling, to claim three quick wickets, although Carr proved resilient, scoring 58*, to help Durham to 286 all out.

Andrew Umeed and Hamish Gardiner then got Scotland A off to a solid start in their pursuit, putting on 80 for the first wicket, although Umeed didn’t see out the end of the day after being trapped in front by Pringle for 32.

Gardiner batted beautifully to reach 75* at stumps on day 1, while Preston Mommsen will resume on 13* in the morning, with Scotland 161 runs behind. 

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