National League Division Two June 20, 2004

Smith leads Scotland to victory

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Scotland 190 for 4 (Smith 79*) beat Durham 189 for 7 (Pratt 48) by six wickets at Edinburgh
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Scotland finally recorded their first victory of the season at the eighth time of asking, as Colin Smith and Cedric English combined to sink Durham in a rain-delayed encounter at The Grange.

After being asked to bat first, Durham were restricted to 189 for 7 in their allotted 41 overs. Gary Pratt top-scored with a steady 48, while there were two wickets apiece for Yasir Arafat and Asim Butt.

In reply, Scotland made a dreadful start, slumping to 44 for 4 after Shoaib Akhtar had terrorised the top-order, but English and Smith combined with a cool 146-run partnership, to guide Scotland home with 10 balls to spare. Smith was the aggressor, thumping 10 fours in his 83-ball 79, while English dropped anchor to excellent effect, with 53 not out from 91.

It was Durham's second defeat at the hands of Scotland - they also succumbed at Scotland's very first attempt in May 2003 - but it was an untimely setback this season, as victory would have carried them to the top of the table. Instead Yorkshire and Middlesex share top spot on 20 points, with Durham slipping back to fourth.