Hampshire win despite downpours
Hampshire recorded their fourth Clydesdale Bank 40 victory of the season after defeating fellow Group B strugglers Scotland by four runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method in Aberdeen.
After rain had forced the contest to be reduced to 23 overs a side, Scotland made 131 for five batting first, with opener Kyle Coetzer contributing a half-century.
Hampshire had then reached 73 for one off 14 overs in their reply when more rain forced the teams off, and with no more play possible the county side had just done enough to be declared victors on Duckworth-Lewis.
Scotland, who have now lost eight of their 11 matches as they continue to prop up Group B, saw their penultimate home fixture in the competition abandoned yesterday without a ball being bowled following heavy overnight rain and the weather affected today’s clash as well.
Having won the toss and opted to bat in sunny conditions, Scotland lost Fraser Watts for a duck in the first over before the teams were forced off by rain for the first time with the hosts on 13 for one with four overs gone.
When the teams returned after a lengthy break and the overs reduced, Coetzer helped his team recover from their poor start.
The opener, who struck two fours and two sixes in his 54-ball 50, shared in stands of 41 for the second wicket with Calum MacLeod and 52 for the third wicket with Josh Davey.
However, Hampshire then hit back by taking three wickets for the addition of only 10 runs - including that of Coetzer - as Scotland slipped to 104 for five before eventually finishing their innings on 131.
Hampshire looked on course to overhaul that total as captain Jimmy Adams and James Vince put on a steady 62 for the first wicket, before the latter fell for 45 in the 13th over, stumped by Gregor Maiden off the bowling of Preston Mommsen immediately after hitting the slow bowler for six.
That brought Sean Ervine to the wicket and he and Adams had added 11 more runs before the players were forced off again. This time there was to be no more action as Hampshire claimed the win.