Scotland haven't done bad for overseas players in the past, Rahul Dravid springs to mind, but their current one has an IPL contract and captains an entire island!! George Bailey isn't a bad little batsman and he put Hampshire's 'bowlers' to the sword. 90 off 92 balls, hitting almost half the innings 4s and all of the innings 6s perhaps says just as much about Scotland as it does about his own batting abilities. At one point it looked like Hampshire's fairly meagre 237 wasn't going to be enough as Bailey and that famous Scotsman Omer Hussain took their innings to 123-1, and with Hampshire using four bowlers + Ervine to no great effect I thought we were in for another humiliation. Thankfully Pothas didn't have another brain melt and stuck with Wood and Tomlinson, new ball pair extraordinaires, and soon the predictable collapse came. Wood furthered his one day reputation with 3 wickets and bowled tidily, taking the first and the last two wickets of the Scotland innings. Tommo was his dependable self as he too took three wickets. Herath was in economical wicket taking spell shocker too, as he picked up two important wickets in two overs to end with 2-35 from 8 overs. Tommo got the big fish though as he tickled Bailey's edge and Pothas snaffled the catch.
Earlier in the day Hampshire made hard work of another pretty benign Rose Bowl wicket, Lumb playing a god awful innings and getting out for 0 from 9 balls. Carbs also fell cheaply but from then on Adams, Slug, McKenzie, Pothas and Dawson built an eventually good enough total. Annoyingly Slug couldn't build on a very fluent and aggressive 43, but Cork, seemingly better with bat in hand than with ball in hand, added respectability with a brutal 28 at 2 a ball and with 3 sixes.
Kent now await in the 20/20 slog, and rumour has it that two players will make a return from injury for Hampshire...
It will be okay
3 months ago