Scotland A v Durham 2XI

01 May

After two narrow defeats, Scotland A looked to get back on track as Calum MacLeod once again won the toss and elected to bat first against Durham 2nd XI at the Racecourse ground. With this being the final match the pressure was off and allowed two changes in the team with Calvin Burnett and Gavin Main coming in for Wardlaw and Sharif. With a mix of both experienced players and youngsters it was a good chance for players to find some form ahead of the start of the North Sea Pro Series and the ODI against England. 

With the weather overcast, MacLeod opened the batting with Hamish Gardiner and put on 79 for the first wicket before Gardiner was bowled for 32 by Parker. MacLeod also fell short of the half-century trapped lbw for 43 as Scotland slipped to 119-4 with the quick departures of Umeed and Iqbal.

The middle order stood strong with both Leask and Munsey adding half-centuries to accelerate the score towards a strong target, both scoring at just under a run-a-ball with Leask hitting five boundaries. Both batsmen will be looking to take in some of that form in to the games against the Dutch sides this weekend. 

None of the tail-enders could stick around with Munsey who was run out for the 9th wicket but Scotland had already done damage posting a total of 253, with four batsmen making contributions over 30 and 28 extras. It was a much improved performance with the bat in tricky conditions having scored just 155 the previous day.

Defending a larger total gave confidence to the bowlers as Ally Evans bowled both openers for single figures leaving Durham on 18-2. Chayank Gosain then got involved from the other end as he dismissed the next two batsmen and Scotland took control on the game with Durham reeling on 46/4 after just 15 overs. In what looked to be a routine victory from this point Majid Haq come on to bowl his usual economic spell claiming 3-24 from his nine overs. 

With Durham on 98-9, Buckley stood firm in defense with 15 not out from 29 balls and as the heavens opened the players left the field giving Scotland the win on Duckworth Lewis. 

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