Haq shines with the bat in South Africa

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MAJID Haq last night upstaged the county recruits as Scotland enjoyed a run feast on the opening day of their latest tour match in South Africa.

Sussex star Matt Machan, who scored a century last week, looked set to take the batting honours again with a sparkling 91. However, Clydesdale’s Haq finished unbeaten on 93 as the Saltires closed on 387-9 in their three-day clash with North West Dragons.

Skipper Preston Mommsen and Middlesex all-rounder Josh Davey were also in the runs with 67 and 48 respectively, while Stoneywood’s Michael Leask hit 32. Coach Pete Steindl said: “Maj showed real powers of concentration and stuck to his task. It was a fine innings with some quality shots on what was quite a dry tricky wicket to bat on.”

However, Steindl added: “Three of our top six batters have made half-centuries which is pleasing, but it would have been even better if at least one of them had gone on to make a big hundred. Hopefully, the bowlers can have a good day 

Meanwhile, Gloucestershire’s Richard Coughtrie and David Murphy of Northants will share the wicket-keeping duties with one taking the gloves for the Dragons’ first innings before handing them to his mate for the second.