County news August 22, 2004

Scotland fall short in thriller

Wisden Cricinfo staff

In today's round of National League matches, Graham Napier picked up four quick wickets to send Kent crashing to a 35-run defeat to Essex at Colchester. Set 268 to win after 97 from the in-form Will Jefferson and 98 from Ronnie Irani, Kent were restricted to 232 for 7 despite half-centuries from Alex Loudon and Michael Bevan. Robert Croft powered Glamorgan to a 5-wicket win over Lancashire at Colwyn Bay with 106, and Northants slumped to 171 all out in pursuit of Hampshire's 238 for 9.

In Division Two, Scotland fell agonisingly short of Somerset's 253 for 8 at Taunton. Scotland were bowled out for 246 with four balls still to be bowled in the last over despite an unbeaten 55 off just 40 balls from Yasir Arafat.

National League Division One

Essex 267 for 6 (Jefferson 97, Irani 98) beat Kent 232 for 7 (Bevan 52, Napier 4-25) by 35 runs at Colchester

Glamorgan 219 for 5 (Croft 106) beat Lancashire 218 for 7 (Mongia 58) by five wickets at Colwyn Bay

Hampshire 238 for 9 (Pothas 70*, Rofe 3-46) beat Northamptonshire 171 (Swann 59, Udal 4-46) by 67 runs

National League Division Two

Somerset 253 for 8 (Cox 63, Wright 5-44) beat Scotland 246 (English 55, Yasir Arafat 55*, Andrew 4-48) by seven runs at Taunton