August 4, 2003

Richard is just Scott-ton for Bournemouth

Richard Scott got his eye in for tomorrow (TUES) evening's Southern Electric Contracting Cup final showdown with Havant at the Rose Bowl by hitting a boundary-strewn century in Bournemouth's one-sided draw against Bashley (Rydal) at Chapel Gate.

Scott, who will open with Australian Adam Voges in the SEC final, hit 109 to push Bournemouth towards 236-9.

Having profited on some wayward bowling and reached 44-0, Bashley suffered a humiliating collapse, losing six wickets for just three runs in 15 balls to Matt Mixer (4-23) and Jo Wilson (3-28).

Kevin Nash and Neil Taylor salvaged a draw at 117-7.

Scott dominated the Bournemouth innings after Nick Park and Voges had been snarled behind by Andy Sexton.

He added 81 with third-wicket partner Charlie Holcomb (26), but had to remain watchful as Bournemouth dipped from 124-2 to 154-5 when Nash (2-47) returned to the attack after lunch.

Scott powered his way to 109 before falling to Neil Taylor (3-49), but his departure let in Martin Miller, whose 46 not out swept the hosts to 236-9 after 66 overs.

Andy Sexton (17) and Neil Thurgood feasted on some untidy Bournemouth bowling and had posted 44 in barely eight overs before tea.

Bournemouth's bowlers caught a tongue lashing from captain Scott at tea and proceeded to rip out Bashley's top order in quick succession.

Sexton and Thurgood perished at 44, while Brad Thompson, Richard Knowles, Ben Nolan-Stone and Neil Sexton departed with the total anchored at 47.

When Andy Neal became a seventh victim at 53-7, it appeared all up for Bashley.

But Nash (34 not out) and Taylor (20 not out) denied Bournemouth further success and clung on for a draw at 117-7.

Havant's match with South Wilts ended in a bore draw after the Salisbury club finished 30 runs adrift of their hosts total with five wicket in hand.

Simon Barnard's unbeaten 103, supported by Simon Greenfield (38), dominated Havant's 199-5 off 66 overs.

South Wilts progressed to 68-0 (Paul Draper 26) before losing three quick wickets to off-spinner Matt Cox (4-33).

Alex Senneck carried his bat through the innings and finished with 81 not out as South Wilts closed at 170-5 (Russell Rowe 29).

Similarly, once Portsmouth had piled up 300-7, all interested faded from the game as Andover finished with 218-5.

A double strike by Richard Taylor checked Portsmouth's initial progress, but Matt Keech (56), Michael Barnes (61) and Lee Savident (75) all cashed in as Portsmouth put the game beyond sight.

Andover dipped to 79-3 but comfortably reached 218-5 through Toby Radford (67) and Roger Miller (53).