Mommsen’s runs fail to save Saltires

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Saltires skipper Preston Mommsen was his side’s top scorer for the third YB40 match in a row but his runs could not stop them falling to another defeat this time against Derbyshire, writes GARY HEATLY.

The Carlton all-rounder followed up his 60 against Hampshire and his 70 against Essex in the 
competition with 42 at Portgower Place

The Saltires’ 182-9 from their 40 overs never looked enough, though, and the visitors reached their 
victory target with 14 balls to spare.

Having won the toss, captain Mommsen decided to have a bat and, after Matthew Cross had stroked a couple of nice fours, he became the first man out for 11. Former Penicuik man Freddie Coleman and recalled Watsonian Ewan Chalmers then both fell for ten and seven respectively to in-form bowler Mark Footit and the hosts were 31-3.

Richie Berrington and Mommsen then came together and settled things down slightly before 
Berrington was next to go with the score on 51.

Mommsen and Moneeb Iqbal then put a partnership of 55 to take the Scots past the 100 mark before Mommsen was out to Mark Turner having made his 
42 from 48 balls.

From there, Iqbal tried to stay in and let others bat around him, finishing on 38 from 61 balls as Michael Leask made 21 from 19 and Calvin Burnett made 11 from 15 to get them up to 182 with Footit grabbing five wickets.

In Derbyshire’s reply, they got off to quite a slow start due to some tight bowling from Carlton’s Gordon Drummond and Grange’s Gordon Goudie. Then, Chesney Hughes and West Indies legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul began to open up a bit and take the game away from the hosts.

They progressed the score up over 100 with a superb six from Hughes before spinner Mommsen got the breakthrough with his wicket for 74. Drummond then took a great caught and bowled to get rid of Chanderpaul for 54 but, despite further wickets from Majid Haq and Michael Leask, the visitors managed to get home.

The Saltires were due to be back in action today with a home match against Surrey in the same competition.