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Hampshire Royals survived a spirited challenge from the Scottish Saltires to secure their second Yorkshire Bank 40 victory in three days.

The defending champions, who hammered Essex Eagles on Friday, emerged victorious by five wickets at the Ageas Bowl, yet their pursuit of 193 looked in serious doubt when they slipped to 78 for four.

Half-centuries from Jimmy Adams and Liam Dawson got Hampshire back on track and over the line with 15 balls unused.

Scotland had earlier benefited from a similar recovery, reaching 192 for seven on the back of an unbeaten 60 from new skipper Preston Mommsen.

After winning the toss and being put in to bat, Saltires openers Calum MacLeod and Freddie Coleman added 37 runs inside five overs.

Liam Dawson

Hampshire Royals were grateful for Liam Dawson's unbeaten 54 as they completed a five-wicket victory over the Scottish Saltires at the Ageas Bowl

But the loss of MacLeod, caught at short fine-leg off David Balcombe, sparked a mini collapse which slowed the innings to a standstill.

Coleman was next to fall for 27, Hamza Riazuddin striking in his first over to leave Scotland 49 for two.

Matt Machan went soon after, caught by Sean Ervine at midwicket to give Balcombe - playing his first List A game for Hampshire since 2009 - his second wicket.

Ervine became the second Hampshire bowler to strike in his first over, forcing Majid Haq to top-edge tamely to slip.

Richie Berrington was then stumped off Danny Briggs, but Mommsen received useful support from debutant wicketkeeper Matthew Cross in a stand of 43 that ended when the latter holed out off Chris Wood.

Moneeb Igbal also fell to Wood, but Mommsen remained and a hard-hitting cameo from Gordon Goudie, who thumped 15 from five deliveries, helped the visitors take 33 from the final two overs.

The total looked at least 20 runs light on an excellent batting track, but Hampshire soon hit trouble in reply.

Michael Carberry and James Vince each fell for single figures before George Bailey was bowled by Gordon Drummond to make it 61 for three in the 15th over.

It got worse for Hampshire when Ervine hit Machan straight to mid-on and things were still in the balance at 130 for five when Adams became Drummond’s second victim after reaching 51.

The prospect of a shock was eventually averted as Dawson, who made 54 from 62, and Adam Wheater progressed without alarm in an unbroken partnership of 64 in nine overs.

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