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Kyle Coetzer

Scotland international Kyle Coetzer struck an unbeaten century as Durham continued their impressive run in the CB40 with an 80-run win

An unbeaten century from Kyle Coetzer helped Durham to back-to-back Clydesdale Bank 40 victories as they beat Scotland by 80 runs at Edinburgh to move up to second in Group B.

After seeing off Hampshire yesterday, the win at The Citylets Grange was Durham’s fourth win in five matches in the competition.

They recovered from the early loss of Phil Mustard to post a competitive total of 278 for four after being put in, with Coetzer hitting 110 not out.

Opener Fraser Watts impressed in the Scotland reply with 62 but he did not enjoy much in the way of support as they fell way short of their target.

Durham’s innings got off to a difficult start when Mustard fell in the fourth over, caught by Calum MacLeod off Gordon Drummond for five.

Coetzer was joined at the crease by Ben Stokes and the former brought up a run-a-ball half-century before Stokes lost his wicket to Josh Davey, caught by Neil McCallum for 35.

Gordon Muchall and Coetzer then improved the run-rate further, adding 112 for the third wicket before the former was caught behind off Gordon Goudie for 65.

Will Smith quickly followed Muchall back to the pavilion when he was trapped lbw by Drummond seven balls later, but that was the final wicket to fall as Gareth Breese thrashed 47 off 18 balls to add to Coetzer’s impressive innings and set Scotland a difficult target.

The hosts set off at a frenetic pace in their reply but lost wickets at regular intervals as they came up short in their chase.

MacLeod was bowled by Chris Rushworth in the fourth over before Davey, Richie Berrington and McCallum all fell for a combined total of 16 runs, leaving the score on 61 for four.

Preston Mommsen then offered some resistance before becoming Stokes’ first victim of the innings for 38, and when the impressive Watts fell to Scott Borthwick three overs later the writing was on the wall for Scotland.

The final four wickets fell for 53 runs and man-of-the-match Coetzer ran out Drummond to bring Scotland’s innings to a premature end.