Saltires not able to stop Hampshire

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SALTIRES skipper Preston Mommsen’s 60 not out and a flurry of early wickets were not enough to stop Hampshire winning by five wickets and securing their second Yorkshire Bank 40 victory in three days.

Saltires openers Calum MacLeod and Freddie Coleman added 37 runs inside five overs, but the loss of MacLeod for 13 sparked a mini collapse.

Coleman (27) was next to fall to leave Scotland on 49 for two.

Matt Machan (8) went soon after, David Balcombe grabbing his second wicket of the day.

Majid Haq fell for just five, before Richie Berrington and Mommsen combined to briefly stem the loss of wickets. Their partnership ended when Berrington (19) was stumped to leave Scotland floundering on 88 for five in the 23rd over.

Wicketkeeper Matthew Cross, on debut, added 43 with his captain, before holing out to James Vince for 21. Moneeb Iqbal then made 17 from 12.

Gordon Goudie’s 15 from five balls helped the Saltires add 33 runs in the last two overs, as the visitors ended on 192 for seven.

Although a reachable target, Hampshire looked in real danger after being reduced to 61 for three in the 15th over. Even at 130 for five, Hampshire hopes lay in the balance but Liam Dawson (54) and Adam Wheater (35) guided them home.