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Surrey made it back-to-back wins to start their Clydesdale Bank 40 title defence courtesy of an 18-run Duckworth/Lewis win over Scotland.

Jacques Rudolph top-scored with 69 as the defending champions posted 187 for seven before the rain in Edinburgh ruined the hosts’ quest for a memorable opening win.

Under murky skies, Scotland struggled to find the momentum they needed, aside from Richie Berrington’s unbeaten 43.

Gareth Batty & Steven Davies

Off-spinner Gareth Batty claimed two wickets to help defending champions make it two wins out of two in this year’s Clydesdale Bank 40

After opening their Group B campaign with victory over last season’s beaten finalists Somerset on Friday, Surrey were made to sweat early by the unfancied Scots after being sent in.

Skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown, who struck a stunning century against Somerset, fell for just five in the second over and Jason Roy quickly followed to leave Surrey 20 for two.

That brought South African Rudolph to the crease early and he slowly set about accumulating in the tricky conditions.

His steady bid to set a platform was undermined, however, by the departures of Steven Davies, Zander de Bruyn and Matthew Spriegel.

Rudolph remained patient, though, hitting just a single boundary in his 89-ball stay, before Scotland crucially managed to dismiss him in the 36th over.

Off-spinner Majid Haq, who claimed 2-27, made the breakthrough by having the left-hander caught by Jean Symes to leave Surrey 151 for six.

After Ireland international Gary Wilson fell soon after, Surrey finally produced some late hitting thanks to Gareth Batty and Jon Lewis.

Scotland’s chase was soon affected by the rain, the players forced off after 3.5 overs with the score 13 for none.

Two overs were lost and when the players returned, England seamer Jade Dernbach quickly removed Calum MacLeod before Josh Davey and Symes fell in consecutive overs to leave Scotland in trouble at 39 for three.

When opener Fraser Watts was stumped to give Spriegel his second wicket, the hosts looked to be losing their way before Berrington started to turn things around.

With the rain threatening, the 25-year-old right-hander progressed to 43 from 57 balls, but did not have enough time to overtake the D/L calculations as the weather finally closed in with the score 118 for six.

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