Scotland A v Lancashire 2XI
Scotland A 207 & 255 lost to Lancashire 2XI 342 & 122/3 by 7 wickets
Scotland A suffered a 7 wicket defeat to Lancashire 2XI yesterday during their friendly three day match at Blackpool CC.
The visiting Scots looked in a pretty decent position at the start of the final day, holding a lead of 63 runs with 5 wickets in hand.
It was a story of the batsmen making starts but being unable to capitalise. Matthew Parker made his way to 22 before being stumped by Gowers after being beaten by a Lilly delivery.
Mark Watt made an unbeaten 14, but that was as good as it got, with wickets falling at the other end, to set Lancs 120 runs for victory.
Niall Alexander, Iain Wardlaw and Mark Watt did pick up a wicket before Lancashire reached their target, with Karl Brown top scoring with 40.
Scotland A battled back on day two to set up an intriguing final day against Lancashire 2XI at Blackpool Cricket Club.
The Scots eventually removed the hosts for 342, with a lead of 135, after Lancashire’s captain, Karl Brown top-scored with 87.
Mark Watt and Iain Wardlaw were the pick of the Scottish bowlers with three wickets each, while Iqbal and Goudie both picked up two wickets apiece.
It was another solid start by the Scottish openers during the second innings with Munsey (27) and Gardiner (39) putting on 69 for the first wicket.
Majid Haq struck a watchful half century, while Berrington also contributed 23 to the score, as Scotland A looked to get themselves into a position to cause Lancashire 2XI a few problems on the final day.
Both Leask and Wallace were dismissed before the close of play, with Scotland holding a slender lead of 63 runs with 5 wickets remaining.
Scotland A failed to take advantage of a good platform laid by openers George Munsey and Hamish Gardiner against Lancashire 2XI in Blackpool on Day 1.
After winning the toss captain Craig Wallace opted to bat first on a sunny day and what looked like an excellent wicket to bat on.
Both Munsey and Gardiner made 21 before departing the scene, and it was down to Richie Berrington to record the highest total of the innings, with a fluent 49 from 51 balls, while Majid Haq watchfully occupied the other end.
Arron Lilley was the stand out bowler for the home side, claiming five victims as Scotland struggled to build on the good start made.
Only Moneeb Iqbal could muster some sort of defence, scoring 29, as Scotland A found themselves bundled all out for 207.
Lancashire’s batsmen displayed the pitch held no gremlins, as they stroked and opening stand worth 100 runs as Agathangelou (61) and Hameed (48) found the boundary with regularity.
Eventually Scotland A removed the opening pair through the spin of Iqbal and Mark Watt. Iqbal claimed another wicket soon after, while Iain Wardlaw took a scalp before the close.
Lancashire eventually finished the day on 154/4, 49 runs behind Scotland A, with 6 wickets in hand.