National League Round-up August 28, 2003

Scotland sunk by Hopkinson's allround effort

Wisden Cricinfo staff

National League Division One

Essex v Worcestershire at Colchester
Essex scrambled to a thrilling two-wicket victory over the C&G finalists Worcestershire at Colchester, in a match that had been decimated by bad weather. Worcestershire, who batted first, were limited to just 25 overs, enough time to post a competitive 141 for 3, thanks to Anurag Singh's 43, and an unbeaten 51-run partnership between Justin Kemp and Gareth Batty. Essex had barely begun their reply when the heavens opened again, and they were eventually left with 10 overs in which to score 83 runs. They did so with a solitary delivery to spare, and in effect a solitary wicket as well, after Darren Robinson had been stretchered off with a groin injury.

National League Division Two

Sussex 173 for 9 beat Scotland 191 for 9 by one wicket at Edinburgh (D/L)
Scotland slumped to their 11th defeat of the season in the meeting of the bottom sides, but Sussex remain two points adrift of Scotland despite their one-wicket win. Sussex won the toss but squandered the advantage with some loose bowling as Scotland reached 105 for 2 thanks to a second-wicket stand of 85 between Ryan Watson (48) and Colin Smith (38). But Sussex found their line in the second half of the innings as Paul Hutchison (4 for 29) and Carl Hopkinson (3 for 19) settled into a groove. There was a anticlimactic farewell for Rahul Dravid who ended his spell with Scotland with a two-ball 1. Set a revised target of 170 from 31 overs, Sussex looked down and out when they were reduced to 69 for 6, but Hopkinson cracked 67 not out from 48 balls, guiding them to a dramatic win with a four off the last ball.