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Middx openers set up Lord's win

FRIENDS PROVIDENT TROPHY, GROUP B, Lord's
Middlesex 302-7 beat Scotland 140 by 162 runs(Middx 2pts, Scotland 0pts)


Billy Godleman
Billy Godleman hit his best one-day score for Middlesex

Billy Godleman's competition best 82, coupled with 74 from Australia Test opener Phil Hughes, earned Middlesex a comfortable 162-run win over Scotland.

The left-handed opening pair enjoyed a 147-run opening stand to set up their Friends Provident Trophy win at Lord's.

In glorious conditions, Middlesex piled up 302-7, scored at over a run-a-ball, after the hosts elected to bat first.

But the Saltires were no match in reply, subsiding to 140 all out, Kyle Coetzer top scoring with 45.

Hughes, fresh from scoring 183 on the same pitch against Glamorgan in the County Championship, hardly played a false shot in clattering 11 fours and a six that sailed over the Old Father Time weathervane next to the Mound Stand and out of the ground.

The replacement ball got similar treatment and Godleman joined in by also flicking a six into the Tavern Stand.

Both men looked set for hundreds, but the introduction of spin at both ends finally earned Scotland their first breakthrough.

Hughes' fun ended after 78 balls when, in opening the face to attempt an audacious off-side drive, he played inside the line and lost off stump to left-arm spinner Glenn Rogers.

Having survived a run-out scare, Godleman then perished to off-spinner Ryan Watson when he chopped down too late on a full-length ball from the Scotland skipper to fall 18 short of a first one-day hundred.

The Middlesex middle order suffered a wobble when Watson dismissed Neil Dexter cheaply and then former Worcestershire medium pacer Dewald Nel picked up 3-62 in the late flurry.

But some lusty hitting from home skipper Shaun Udal (23) and Gareth Berg (33) gave the Scots a mountain to climb if they were to win this first ever meeting between the sides.

They lost Watson, caught at cover point, to the eighth ball of their reply and never really looked capable of pulling off an upset after the setback.

Their only resistance came in a second-wicket stand worth 58 between former Yorkshire and England all-rounder Gavin Hamilton (30) and Coetzer.

But, once Hamilton miscued a catch to mid-on with the score on 62, wickets tumbled at regular intervals thereafter, Steve Finn, Gareth Berg and Udal bagging two wickets apiece.



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