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Hampshire survive Scotland scare

George Bailey

Scotland fell short of a second victory over county opposition this season despite a rapid 90 from Australian George Bailey

George Bailey gave Hampshire a scare with an aggressive 90 before Scotland subsided to a 31-run defeat at the Rose Bowl in the Clydesdale Bank 40.

Bailey, who captains Tasmania in his native Australia, put on 118 for the second wicket to give Scotland hope of overhauling a target of 238.

But once Bailey had gone, caught behind off James Tomlinson, Scotland lost their way and the momentum he had created.

Having chosen to bat first, Hampshire compiled 237 despite the early loss of Michael Lumb and Michael Carberry, as the consistent Jimmy Adams led recovery in a stand of 84 for the third wicket with Sean Ervine.

Adams was Hampshire’s top scorer with five fours and a six in his 57 and there were useful middle-order contributions from Neil McKenzie, captain Nic Pothas and Dominic Cork.

Pace bowlers Gordon Goudie and South Africa-born Richie Berrington were the pick of the Scotland bowlers. Goudie took 3-54 and ran out Ervine, while Berrington finished with 4-47.

For a time it did not look as if Hampshire’s total would be enough as Bailey and Omer Hussain put on 118 in 23.1 overs for the second wicket.

Hussain kept pace with Bailey in making a useful 42, but Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Ragana Herath made the breakthrough when he trapped Hussain lbw and bowled Gregor Maiden without scoring.

Bailey, however, was in rampant form, striking six fours and two sixes in his 92-ball innings before his dismissal led to an anti-climactic finish.

Tomlinson removed Berrington one run later, part of a middle-order collapse that saw four wickets tumble for 10 runs in the space of 16 balls.

Hampshire were held up by a brave stand of 32 for the eighth wicket between Gordon Drummond and Majid Haq, but Scotland were denied a second county scalp after victory over Leicestershire earlier in the campaign.

Chris Wood removed Goudie and Ross Lyons in the last over to leave Majid marooned on 27 not out, while Tomlinson finished with 3-33.

Scotland have now lost four of their five matches and travel to Kent tomorrow sitting bottom of Group C.