All-round Vaas gives Northants tense win
Northamptonshire 201 for 6 beat Scotland 200 for 5 by four wickets
Chaminda Vaas starred with bat and ball as the Northamptonshire continued their 100 per cent record in the Clydesdale Bank 40 with a nervy four-wicket win over Scotland.
Preston Mommsen smashed an unbeaten 81 off 72 balls as the Saltires recovered from an awful start to post 200 for 5 of their 40 overs with Vaas taking 3 for 37.
Vaas then made 68 off 88 balls as the Steelbacks reached their target with five deliveries to spare with Matthew Parker claiming figures off three for 41. Scotland won the toss and chose to bat but they soon lost Callum MacLeod for a duck when he blasted Vaas straight to David Willey at point.
Josh Davey then also went without scoring when he edged Vaas to David Sales at slip but Fraser Watts managed to make 29 before David Lucas' delivery clipped his off stump. Richie Berrington then missed an attempted reverse sweep and was pinned lbw by James Middlebrook for 28.
It wasn't until the 27th over that the Saltires reached 100 and the next wicket to fall was that of Luke Butterworth, bowled by Vaas for 20. Mommsen went on to complete his half-century off 54 with a four clattered through extra cover as he tried to push his side towards a competitive total.
He and wicketkeeper Gregor Maiden did just that by adding 75 between them with the latter finishing on 32 not out. Chasing 201, Vaas was given an early reprieve when Davey dropped a simple catch at fine leg off Butterworth in the second over.
But Stephen Peters perished for just seven when he was trapped lbw by Parker before David Willey (11) launched the same bowler to Gordon Goudie at deep mid-wicket. It was up for grabs when Alex Wakely was caught leg before by Butterworth to leave the Steelbacks reeling on 64 for three and behind the required run rate.
Vaas made the most of his earlier good fortune by reaching 50 off 64 balls before finally departing by smashing Scotland captain Gordon Drummond to Mommsen at extra cover. Sales followed in the next over for 40 when he was bowled by Parker before Rob White was run out thanks to a superb throw from long-on by MacLeod.
Sixteen runs off the 37th over, bowled by Butterworth, swung the game back in Northamptonshire's favour and captain Andrew Hall and Middlebrook guided them home with scores of 21 and 31 not out respectively.