Scotland comprehensive winners against Notts
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
IT may not have felt like it to the shivering crowd who braved the elements at the Citylets Grange yesterday, but the weather gods smiled on Scotlandís cricketers.
On a day when unremitting rain was forecast in the capital, Jupiter Pluvius delayed his entrance long enough for the Saltires to record a comprehensive CB40 win over Nottinghamshire.
While Notts had put a challenging 219-7 on the board, the Scots were 108-0 from 23 overs - comfortably ahead of the D/L par score - when a downpour eventually forced the players from the field.
It was a particularly memorable day for Calum MacLeod who first equalled a Scottish fielding record and then notched a maiden half-century against county opposition.
MacLeodís new opening partnership with Josh Davey proved a winning combination as the pair went to work on the Notts attack.
Former Warwickshire all-rounder MacLeod set the tone in the second over when he clipped a full delivery from Harry Gurney through mid-wicket for the first of his seven boundaries.
However, the Saltires accelerated ahead of the required rate in Gurneyís next over when Davey stroked the first delivery through the covers and MacLeod followed-up with two further fours.
MacLeodís most expansive shot was reserved for the unfortunate Paul Franks who replaced Gurney at the Nursery End only to see his first delivery pulled imperiously over the rope at long leg.
As the rain clouds became ever-more threatening, Davey and MacLeod continued to nudge the ones and twos while keeping their wickets intact, though Davey did survive one scare when Michael Lumb mis-judged a catch in the deep.
By the time the rain set in the Scots were 18 ahead of the D/L par score to secure a first-ever competitive victory against Notts.
Meanwhile Davey and MacLeod could reflect on a first-ever century partnership for the opening wicket in the CB40.
Earlier the Scots did well in their battle to contain a Notts batting line-up whose top six included no fewer than five England players.
Alex Hales had served notice of his power with a bludgeoned hit to the wide long on boundary off Matty Parker before the bowler had his revenge.
Hales, attempting a repeat, swung across the line and found his stumps shattered.
Riki Wessels was next to go as Ali Evans earned a deserved reward courtesy of MacLeodís sharp catch at cover.
It was the first of four catches by the former Warwickshire player, equalling the record for a Scottish fielder in an innings.
The Saltires earned a third success when Lumb, on 26 with two boundaries, edged Richie Berrington first delivery and Craig Wallace to a fine diving catch.
Samit Patel and James Taylor carried the county into three figures with a watchful fourth-wicket stand and the former looked set to cut loose when Majid Haq struck for the first time.
Patel had taken 11 runs from Drummondís previous over when Haq held one back and the batsmanís miscued drive was safely pouched by MacLeod at long-on.
Taylor continued to nudge the ones and twos but he was joined by the hard-hitting Chris Read who threatened to take the game away from the Scots with a rapid half-century.
Read, who once took 24 runs in a single over from former Saltires overseas star Ian Moran on this ground, was a little less damaging on this occasion.
However, his 50-ball 59, which included four boundaries and a six over the long-off boundary, guaranteed his side a challenging total.
That maximum was taken off Davey who had his revenge off the next delivery when Flannigan held on to a catch at cover.