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May 3, 2023 1 year

Scotland Men A made it two wins from two in their 50-over series with Durham University, triumphing by 164 runs on Wednesday.

Batting first on this occasion, Scotland never looked back from a century opening partnership between Rory Johnston (93) and Owen Gould (48), posted a commanding total of 275-4 that ultimately proved too much for Durham.

James Dickinson was the star with the ball for the Scots, taking 5-9 as Durham University slumped from 93-3 to 111 all out, leaving Scotland travelling back North with a pair of victories.

With Gould and Johnston impressing at the top of the order, it took until the 21st over for the students to find the breakthrough, Freddie Harrison removing Gould two runs short of his half-century.

Jack Jarvis would replace Gould seamlessly, striking a brisk 40 from 35 balls to take the total to 164, falling to Joshua Lawrenson before Jamie Crawley succumbed to the same bowler two balls later, without score.

Brandon McMullen (52*) added 72 for the fourth wicket with Johnston, whose superb knock came to an end on 93 with the total on 236.

His departure brought Taimoor Ahmad to the crease, who followed up his match-winning exploits on Tuesday with a destructive 27 from eight balls, clearing the ropes on three occasions as he and McMullen added 39 in the final three overs.

Durham’s pursuit of 276 got off to a bright start, with opener Travis Norris (60) impressing, although wickets did begin to fall at regular intervals.

Safyaan Sharif removed Sam Perry and Joshua Lawrenson, before Lyle Robertson removed J Reifer to leave the hosts 54-3.

Patrick Gouge added 39 with Norris for the fourth wicket, but his dismissal at the hands of Hamza Tahir sparked a collapse of 18-7.

Dickinson’s first wicket was the stirring Norris, whose resistance ended with the score on 95, and he would then run through the lower order as he took five of the final six wickets, the other falling to Tahir.

That capped a successful and productive two-game trip to Durham for Scotland’s ‘A’ side, with a number of players finding form with bat and ball at the start of the domestic summer.

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