Scotland not outdone by Notts
Scotland pulled off a surprise defeat of Nottinghamshire, by 18 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method, in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group B clash at Edinburgh.
Notts were put into bat and posted 219 for seven at the Grange, captain and wicketkeeper Chris Read top-scoring with 59 and Josh Davey and Madjid Haq taking two wickets apiece.
The Saltires, seeking to respond from yesterday’s rain-affected loss to Surrey, this time came out in credit after the weather forced a revision of the target.
The visitors made a circumspect start before losing wickets in successive overs. Alex Hales was bowled for 18 by Matthew Parker in the sixth and Riki Wessels followed, caught by Calum MacLeod off Evans, to leave Notts 25 for two.
Samit Patel joined Michael Lumb to restore some stability, but in the 14th over the opener perished - caught behind off Richie Berrington for 26.
James Taylor and Patel took Notts into three figures before the England Test batsman was out for 36 from 43 balls, caught by MacLeod to become Haq’s first victim.
Read and Taylor set about the Scottish attack and built a useful partnership, which came to an end when the latter attempted to up the ante further.
Again MacLeod was the catcher off Haq’s bowling, Taylor departing for 34 in the 32nd over.
Steven Mullaney then provided able support to Read, who fell four overs from the end - caught by Ryan Flannigan off Davey.
Davey claimed his second wicket in his next over as Paul Franks fell, MacLeod again claiming the catch.
The visitors survived the remaining nine balls unscathed, but their total soon looked short as MacLeod and Davey made a fast start - powering along to 73 without loss after 15 overs.
MacLeod reached a 57-ball half-century, with six fours and a six, before the partnership reached three figures in the 21st over.
They had advanced to 108 from 23 when rain halted play, 18 runs ahead of the D/L par, with MacLeod on 58 and Davey 44.
Patel and Mullaney were economical among a struggling bowling attack, which proved unable to make any inroads into the hosts’ line-up.