Scotland break their duck
Kyle Coetzer compiled a fabulous century to help Scotland get off the mark in the Clydesdale Bank 40 with a 12-run win over previously undefeated Northamptonshire at Edinburgh.
Opening the innings, the on-loan Durham batsman clubbed 122 from 109 balls as the hosts racked up 223 for seven after being put in to bat.
Niall O’Brien led the Northants reply with 81 but they were unable to get over the line as the required run-rate spiralled out of control in the closing overs.
Coetzer put on 28 with opening partner Fraser Watts and then received steady support from Calum MacLeod, who made 33 in a second-wicket stand of 93.
MacLeod fell to David Willey, who claimed 3-49, and Josh Davey went cheaply, but Preston Mommsen gave the innings some impetus with a muscular 32 from 21 deliveries, with two fours and two sixes.
Safyaan Sharif added an unbeaten 13 as Coetzer powered on, reaching a 98-ball hundred before eventually falling to the penultimate ball of the innings, having hit 14 fours and two maximums.
Northants made a sedate start, openers Stephen Peters and Ben Howgego failing to engage top gear.
Ireland wicketkeeper O’Brien gave his side hope with a 75-ball knock containing six boundaries.
He put on 102 with Rob White before the latter was stumped off Majid Haq for 40 from 48 balls.
Bilal Shafayat’s cameo was entertaining but all too brief and when O’Brien was run out it appeared Northants’ last hope had gone.
James Middlebrook went down fighting with an unbeaten 22 from just 12 balls but the visitors could only reach 211 for six.