Weekes leads the way as Scotland fall to heavy defeat

Freddie Auld

June 17, 2003

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Middlesex 255 for 9 (Weekes 80, Joyce 59*) beat Scotland 143 (Keegan 5 for 48) by 112 runs
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While Middlesex only had drive a few miles to the south from their headquarters at Lord's, the Scotland team had to travel all the way down to Surrey - to play Middlesex - at Richmond. The game was held at Old Deer Park, which is better known for staging rugby matches rather than cricket. The park is the home of London Welsh, and London Scottish used to play at the Athletic Ground just round the corner, but Scotland didn't take any home comforts away with them as they crashed to their biggest defeat of the season.

After Craig Wright put Middlesex in, Paul Weekes led the way with 80 from 77 balls, including 13 fours and one six. Andy Strauss was dismissed early on, and then Weekes put on 96 with Owais Shah (19), and set up the platform for Ed Joyce to cash in with 59 not out. Majid Haq was the pick of the Scotland bowlers with 3 for 39 with his tidy offspin, but it wasn't such a tidy performance from Colin Smith, the wicketkeeper. He fumbled a number of catches and stumpings and, bizarrely, kept with his pads underneath his trousers.

Chasing 256, Scotland's reply got off to a bad start - and went downhill from there. Chad Keegan (5 for 48) and Cook (2 for 23) struck early with none of the top five batsmen - including Rahul Dravid - managing double figures as Scotland slumped to 36 for 5. By then it was all over as a contest, but Scotland did restore some pride with a steady 20 from Wright and a rapid 33 from 14 balls late on from Paul Hoffmann.

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