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Scotland close in on victory

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Sun, Jun 13, 2010 10:40 AM


Scotland close in on victory
Scotland moved to the edge of a crushing win against Netherlands at the end of day three of the Intercontinental Cup match in Deventer.

The home side finished the day on 168-8 in their second innings, still trailing the Scots by 13 runs.

Resuming their first innings on 273-7, Scotland’s tail wagged to great effect as they added another 118 runs before they were eventually dismissed for 391.

Matthew Parker, who is enjoying a fine all-round match, was last man out for 65 after sharing in stands of 65 with Majid Haq (30) and 61 with Gordon Goudie (who struck a quickfire 44 not out) for the eighth- and 10th-wicket’s respectively.

Netherlands slow bowler Pieter Seelaar claimed all three wickets to fall on day three to finish with 3-67.

The Dutch began their second innings trailing by 181 runs and lost wickets at regular intervals from the outset.

Eric Szwarczynski (62) and skipper Peter Borren (52 not out) both threatened to provide a platform from which the hosts could post a rearguard action.

But any flickering hopes were extinguished during a crazy mid-innings period when three successive wickets were lost to run outs.

Richie Berrington took his third wicket of the innings just before the close, to offer hopes for Scotland that they could wrap up victory in three days, but Borren and Seelaar (0 not out) survived to take the match into the final day on Sunday.



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