Gardiner Digs Deep Again To Inflict Defeat

Gardiner Digs Deep Again To Inflict Defeat

Gardiner Digs Deep Again To Inflict Defeat

Barry McCarthy bowled economically during Scotland's second innings

By Rob Scanlon - Durham CCC Head of Media

STUMPS, DAY THREE. Scotland A (271; Gardiner 147 & 318-4; Gardiner 109, Mommsen 105*) beat Durham 2nd XI (286 & 297; Muchall 108) by six wickets.

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Durham's second eleven suffered a six wicket defeat in their three-day friendly match against Scotland A at Seaton Carew.

Brisbane-born opener Hamish Gardiner, who top-scored in Scotland's first innings with 147, reached three figures again to guide his side to victory in the final session.

Gardiner wasn't the only centurion, with captain Preston Mommsen striking an impressive unbeaten 105 from 149 deliveries, as Durham's bowlers suffered a frustrating day in the sun.

Only spinners Ryan Pringle (2-62) and Adam Hickey (2-84) enjoyed any success as a strong Scottish outfit grabbed control of the contest in the morning and refused to relinquish it.

Durham began Friday with a healthy lead of 278 and four wickets in hand but they could only add 19 runs before being bowled out.

Reece Carr was struck on the pad by Mark Watt with the seventh ball of the morning and the innings was wrapped up six overs later.

A victory target of 312 looked testing, but Gardiner and Andrew Umeed's opening partnership of 75 gave Scotland a good platform, and then Mommsen came in at number three and proceeded to club five sixes during an aggressive innings.

Although Gardiner perished when he offered a return catch to Hickey, Michael Leask hit three quick sixes before Dylan Budge cleared the boundary rope again as the visitors finished with a flourish.

STUMPS, DAY TWO. Durham 2nd XI (286 & 263-6; Muchall 108, Arshad 59) lead Scotland A (271 all out; Gardiner 147; Arshad 4-51) by 278 runs with four second innings wickets remaining.

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Usman Arshad and Gordon Muchall were the stars as Durham enjoyed an excellent day against Scotland A at Seaton Carew.

The men from north of the border began the morning in the ascendancy with just one wicket down and 125 runs scored, but after Arshad had captain Preston Mommsen caught by Muchall for 28, Durham seized control.

Only Hamish Gardiner, who hit a fine century before being the last man out, resisted for any considerable length of time as Arshad (4-51) tore through the middle order.

There were two wickets apiece for Ryan Pringle and Josh Bousfield, whilst Jamie Harrison got through another five over spell.

Excellent work from the bowlers ensured that Durham had a slender first innings lead of 15 but they lost two early wickets in reply.

Skipper Muchall allayed any fears of a collapse as he struck 15 boundaries in a brisk 108 made from 126 deliveries, his second century for the second eleven this season. The 32-year-old has started the campaign in great form and he combined with Arshad again to put on 83 for the fifth wicket.

Arshad's near run-a-ball knock of 59 helped to push his side into a lead of 278 although he fell to Gavin Main, on duty for his country rather than his county, just a few balls before the close.

STUMPS, DAY ONE. Scotland A (125-1; Gardner 75*) trail Durham 2nd XI (286 all out; Clark 76, Coughlin 71, Carr 59*) by 161 runs with nine first innings wickets remaining.

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Three Durham batsmen registered half-centuries but a strong Scotland A side responded well on day one at Seaton Carew.

Graham Clark, Paul Coughlin and Reece Carr all passed fifty in the second eleven's total of 286 before Scotland raced to 125 in 27 overs for the loss of just one wicket.

Hamish Gardiner, one of six players in the Scottish squad to have played at the recent ICC World Cup, was unbeaten on 75 at the close, with Durham's lead cut to 161 runs.

On a beautiful sunny morning by the North Sea coast, captain Gordon Muchall elected to bat first but may have regretted that decision as his side lost two quick wickets. Muchall and the in-form Ryan Pringle were back in the pavilion inside eight overs, with Scotland's opening bowlers in a miserly mood during the early exchanges.

Alasdair Evans, who played a handful of second team games for Durham last summer, accounted for Pringle and Clark but not before the latter had hit 14 boundaries in an excellent knock of 76. Clark combined well with Paul Coughlin and the pair put on 114 for the third wicket to help their side recover from a precarious position at 10 for 2.

Coughlin further enhanced his reputation as a talented all-round cricketer with a score of 71 from 104 balls and he was later joined by academy prospect Reece Carr. The 19-year-old added 50 for the sixth wicket with Usman Arshad and ended the innings unbeaten on 59.

Jamie Harrison opened the bowling for Durham and completed a five over spell but Gardiner and young Andrew Umeed batted positively and successfully saw off the new ball.

It was left to the spin of Pringle to find a breakthrough as Umeed was trapped lbw for 32, but Scotland reached the close without any further damage.