Scotland hammered by Notts
William Dick (CricketMedia Scotland)
SCOTLAND’s hopes of completing a CB40 double over Notts were dashed in the Trent Bridge sunshine as the county cruised to an easy 88-run win.
The Saltires were outplayed in every department and will have to raise their game by several notches if they are to have any chance in tomorrow’s (Tue) T20 international against Bangladesh.
Chasing 266 for victory, the Saltires made a promising start, their cause aided by Darren Pattinson limping off after bowling just two balls.
Josh Davey looked in prime form with a series of well-timed shots, twice hitting Harry Gurney for consecutive boundaries.
However, having made 27, the Middlesex all-rounder suffered the most unfortunate of dismissals when Gurney managed to divert Calum MacLeod’s drive onto the stumps with Davey out of his ground.
MacLeod, struggling for fluency, was next to go when he was deceived in the flight by Graeme White and easily stumped by Chris Read and, at 50-2 in the 12th over, the Saltires were already falling behind the rate.
The promotion of Gordon Goudie to pinch-hit was a qualified success, the Stoneywood-Dyce player managing the biggest six of the day.
However, his cameo knock was cut short on 21 when he was bowled by White’s well flighted left-arm spin.
Sadly, it got no better for Scotland as a procession of batsmen came and went in quick succession.
Richie Berrnigton fell to a fine return catch by Adam Voges while Jean Symes, having reached a promising 34, was run out following a schoolboy mix-up with Preston Mommsen.
At last there was some defiance from Ryan Flannigan who batted with more purpose than all his colleagues.
The Grange player was fighting a losing cause but at least hammered 38 from 25 balls with two huge sixes before falling in the cause while attempting another big hit.
It all added up to a fifth consecutive CB40 defeat and the prospect of the Group B wooden spoon unless the Scots can rediscover the winning habit in their remaining three fixtures.
Yet, the Saltires’ day could not have got off to a better start when Goudie trapped Michael Lumb with the first ball of the match.
However, this early success merely raised false hopes as the county quickly moved into gear.
A stand of 82 between Alex Hales and James Taylor in just twelve overs changed the complexion with both batsmen punishing an increasingly ragged bowling attack.
It took the introduction of Symes to secure a second breakthrough when Hales, having made a run-a-ball 37, was lured out of his crease and smartly stumped by Craig Wallace
Haq, as usual, was the Saltires’ most economical bowler conceding just 32 runs from his eight overs and claiming the wicket of Taylor who took a ridiculous liberty with a reverse sweep which looped off the top edge of his bat to Davey.
Taylor, though had played his part with an accomplished 68 featuring eight boundaries.
The England Lions batsman, though, was merely the warm-up act for Samit Patel and Voges who piled on the runs during a stand of 86 in just ten overs.
Their onslaught included the four batting power-play overs from which 43 runs were plundered.
The Trent Bridge crowd were willing the popular Patel to a century but, having reached 892 from 76 balls, he was bowled by Goudie who claimed 3-44.
Patel had stroked six fours and two maximums while Voges bettered his colleague’s six count by one in an unbeaten 64 from only 39 deliveries.
Scotland simply could not match such firepower.