Scotland A start with a win over Durham 2XI

30 Apr

From Cricket Scotland

Scotland A: 244/9, Iqbal 70, Leask 58, Gardiner 27, Harmison 8-1-41-3
beat Durham 2XI 154 ao by 90 runs, Singh 28, Burnett 8-2-24-4, Gossain 9-1-35-3

Scotland A v Durham 2XIScotland A were in action against a strong Durham 2XI team at the Emirates ICG for a 50 over fixture on a beautiful sunny day at the Riverside.

The hosts won the toss and elected to field first, with Calum MacLeod and Hamish Gardiner opening up for the A team.

MacLeod was the first wicket to fall, edging a Harrison delivery behind after making 8.

Gardiner looked in good touch on his first outing in representative cricket, playing watchfully and taking advantage of the bad ball when it came. He effectively rotated the strike scampering quick singles.

Josh Edwards looked pretty comfortable against the pace of Steve Harmison and Braithwaite, as he made his way to 16, before giving Mitchall Claydon an easy catch at mid-on.

Michael LeaskIqbal was the next man in and struck his first boundary of the day with a glorious back-foot drive off the bowling of Braithwaite in the 21st over.

The fast pace of Braithwaite cause the batsmen a few problems and he struck in the 24th over after he induced an edge off Gardiner with Richardson taking a regulation catch behind. Mommsen managed 3 before he was caught behind looking to drive through the covers.

Michael Leask came to the crease and displayed some powerful hitting to take advantage of a good wicket, as he and Iqbal put on a 91 run stand.

Leask bought up his half century from 40 balls but eventually departed for a well-made 58.

Iqbal kept going with an elegant straight six off Braithwaite before following it up with another 4 on the leg-side boundary.

The former Durham man was in a destructive mood as he dissected the fielders and found the boundary with regularly before being caught for a well-made 70. The platform had been set with the visitors on 217/6 with 4 overs remaining.

Calvin Burnett looked in good touch making 22 from only 14 balls to finish the innings with a flourish before being clean bowled from the final ball of the innings, as Scotland A finished on 244/9 from their 50 over allocation.

Nel and Burnett got the A team reply underway, while Singh and Muchall started strongly for the hosts.

Gossain in actionBurnett looked in the mood as he bowled with good pace and bounce and was rewarded when he trapped Muchall LBW for 17 and followed it up by claiming the wicket of Richardson in the same fashion a few overs later.

It was the introduction of 17 year old Chyank Gosain that really slowed the Durham batsmen down. When he managed to remove Singh, caught at long-on, Scotland A began to tighten the screw.

Gossain claimed his 2nd wicket dismissing Pearce for 4 and followed up with another soon after with Harrison stumped for 1.

Nel came back with a strong second spell, having Arshad caught on the boundary and comprehensively bowling Bousefield to put Scotland firmly in control.

Former England Test bowler Harmison found the boundary on a number of occasions, but Burnett returned with another fiery spell to take his wicket tally to 4 for the day clean bowling Claydon and finally Harmison to give the Scots a victory of 90 runs.

At the end of the match Head Coach, Pete Steindl said, “It was a great team performance. Iqbal and Leask set the tone and the bowlers were rewarded by keeping it simple.”

Scotland A will play a 40 over fixture tomorrow before two T20s on Thursday.  

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