Davey delivers for Scotland
Josh Davey’s all-round performance helped Scotland to their second Clydesdale Bank 40 win in two days as they beat Warwickshire by four runs in a rain-affected match in Edinburgh.
Scotland picked up their first win in the competition yesterday against Northamptonshire and followed it up well, with Davey making useful runs and taking three wickets.
However, it was a close-run thing as Ant Botha’s scintillating innings nearly earned the visitors victory in a match that was reduced to 22 overs a side due to inclement weather.
Scotland’s innings began poorly as Kyle Coetzer - who smashed a wonderful 122 from 109 balls versus Northants - fell to the third ball of the match from Neil Carter, and fellow opener Calum MacLeod was trapped lbw by Chris Woakes three overs later.
New Zealander George Worker then scored quickly with 27 from 20 balls to put Scotland in a more commanding position and he was ably assisted by Davey, who moved to 24 at a more leisurely pace.
Worker was caught behind in the ninth over before Fraser Watts and Davey were both trapped lbw.
Preston Mommsen then added a vital 24 not out as Scotland scrambled to 120 for seven.
Warwickshire started slowly in their reply but were still in the match until Davey took centre stage with the ball.
The 20-year-old snared Varun Chopra for 14 before playing a key role in two further wickets in consecutive overs, first bowling Will Porterfield for three and then running out Carter.
Jim Troughton, with 19, offered some resistance until he was caught off Mommsen, and Rikki Clarke, Woakes and Keith Barker all failed to reach double figures.
It was left to Botha to attempt a rescue mission and he duly struck three sixes en route to 45 from just 24 balls.
Botha’s heroics - which saw him strike 14 from the first five balls of the final over - gave Warwickshire hope, but, with five more needed from the last ball for a sensational victory, he was run out by Safyaan Sharif.