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Gordon Muchall

Gordon Muchall helped Durham avoid an upset as his unbeaten 95 sealed an ultimately comfortable five-wicket triumph over Scotland

Gordon Muchall's heroics with the bat truped Preston Mommsen’s all-round efforts as Durham got their Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign under way with a five-wicket win over Scotland at the Emirates Durham ICG.

South Africa-born Mommsen, who arrived at Gordonstoun School in 2006 on a cricket and rugby scholarship, came in at seven and smashed 73 not out off 54 balls as Scotland took 94 off the last eight overs to reach 215 for seven.

But Muchall's unbeaten 95 off 97 balls, which was built on a quickfire 50 from Ben Stokes, saw Durham overhaul their target with 10 balls to spare.

Mommsen helped Scotland stage a tremendous recovery from 93 for six, although even that was relatively healthy after Graham Onions took wickets in each of his first three overs to have the Scots reeling on 16 for three.

When he came back for two overs at the end of the innings, Onions' last two balls were both hit for six by Mommsen, who now works in Edinburgh and plays for Carlton CC.

He also had figures of 2-20 in five overs with his off-spin, while Middlesex's Josh Davey took 2-18 in six overs, but bizarrely neither player completed their allocation.

Gordon Drummond turned, instead, to his quicker bowlers when Durham needed 47 off six overs and Muchall plundered a series of boundaries.

All-rounder Majid Haq also performed well for Scotland, bowling his off-spin tightly and contributing 30 to a seventh-wicket stand of 77 in 13 overs with Mommsen.

When Haq holed out to Kyle Coetzer at deep square-leg, Gordon Goudie helped to add 39 off the last two overs.

Ian Blackwell and Gareth Breese conceded only 53 runs in 16 overs of spin for Durham but their troubles started when they turned to Ben Harmison to bowl the 33rd over.

Five of his first nine balls were wides and the over cost 15, then Ruel Brathwaite came under fire at the other end as he was brought back to earth a day after his five-wicket haul against Sussex.

Durham looked like coasting to victory as Stokes, batting at three, hit a 36-ball half-century, but when he pulled Davey to deep midwicket four deliveries later, they lost their way.

Dale Benkenstein was brilliantly caught by Richie Berrington, high to his right at midwicket, and two overs later Mommsen struck again when Blackwell chipped a return catch.

But at 145 for five in the 28th over Breese went in and his unbeaten 24 helped Muchall complete the task.