Nel, Weeraratna help Scotland take first innings lead

Published: Saturday, July 12, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Hamilton (Bermuda): Pacers Dewald Nel took 4/27 and Sean Weeraratna claimed 3/14 to help Scotland gain a crucial first innings lead over the Bermuda on day two of their ICC Intercontinental Cup tie here on Friday.

Having been dismissed for 282 in the first dig thanks chiefly to a six-wicket haul by veteran left-arm spinner Dwayne Leverock, Scotland looked like a side under pressure. But Nel and Weeraratna had other plans. Weeraratna coming in as change bowler started the rot with three top-order wickets. Nel cleansed the lower-order as the visitors took a healthy 176-run first innings lead.

Only opening batsman Chris Foggo (53) stood firm at one end even as wickets tumbled like nine pins at the other end. Jekon Edness (23) was the only other batsman to reach double-figure mark.

Scots, who made 83/3 in their second essay at stumps, stretched their lead to 259 runs. Fraser Watts (43*) and Colin Smith (26*) were at the crease.

Bermuda left with an uphill task with a day's play left. The hosts need to take wickets early and in regular basis if it is to have any chance of winning this crucial tie before the passionate home crowd.

Brief Scores (D-2):

Scotland 282&83/3 (Fraser Watts 43 n o, Colin Smith 26 n o; O'Brien 3/21) Vs Bermuda Ist innings 106 all out (Chris Foggo 53, Jekon Edness 23; Dewald Nel 4/27, Weeraratna 3/14).


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