Scotland A secure win over Durham 2XI

21 Apr

Durham 178 (43.3 overs) Coughlin 69*, Neill 3/30, Aslam 3/39, Evans 2/27 lost to Scotland A 179/2 Coetzer 72, Watt 72*, by 8 wickets [Scorecard]

Due to the premature conclusion of the three-day game between Durham 2XI and Scotland, the two teams agreed to play a three-day friendly fixture on Thursday. 

After winning the toss the home side elected to bat first, as the sunny conditions continued at the Riverside. 

Adrian Neill claimed three big wickets in the early stages, removing Clark, Mustard and MacLeod to give his side a positive start. 

Main then had Muchall caught by Mommsen for 34, while Poynter and Weighell both fell for single figures to the spin of Watt and Aslam.

Coughlin produced a handy innings of 69 to get Durham out of the mire, after his side found themselves on 99/6. Arshad was the only man to stay with him, adding 23, until Evans ended the innings with two late wickets. 

Neil was pick of the bowlers with his figures of 3/30 and was well backed up by Aslam 3/39 as they restricted their hosts to 178 all out. 

Coetzer and Gardiner put on 38 runs for the first wicket before the latter was trapped in front by Harrison for 12.

Watt was pushed up the order to number 3 and took advantage of his opportunity, batting with the vastly experienced Coetzer, to help put on a stand worth 104 runs. 

Coetzer looked at ease in the middle, contributing 72 runs from 80 deliveries against his former employers, before falling 37 runs short of the target. 

Watt ensured there would be no dramas as he plundered 72* with 9 fours and 3 sixes, as he and Mommsen (11*) saw their side home in the 31st over with 8 wickets remaining. 

Coach Grant Bradburn said at the conclusion of the game, “It is a satisfying finish after three days of valuable challenging cricket for our A team. After being soundly beaten over the first two days the boys bounced back with determination to notch up a convincing one day win against the same very strong Durham side. 

The bowlers showed great discipline and ability to learn quickly over the three days - they all bowled exceptionally well today. It's fantastic to see a number of young players in this group stepping up with significant winning contributions today.

Mark Watt again showed that he is capable of accepting all challenges thrown at him, batting at 3 today. Both Mark and Kyle easily took the game away from Durham both scoring excellent 70's.


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