National League round-up May 29, 2005

Scotland and Durham squeeze home

Cricinfo staff

Scotland overcame a major attack of nerves to seal their first National League win of the season against Warwickshire. Scotland were 70 for 1, chasing 114, when Heath Streak and Neil Carter ripped through the batting. They still needed six to win when the last pair came together, but Paul Hoffmann finished the match with a six over extra-cover. Hoffmann had earlier taken 3 for 19 as Scotland ran through Warwickshire in just 33 overs, with Dougie Brown top-scoring with 23 not out.

Durham pulled off a thrilling one-run win against Kent at Tunbridge Wells, after the home side were cruising to victory. Set 189 to win, after a stuttering Durham batting effort, Kent were 170 for 3 after Andrew Hall and Matthew Walker added 97 for the third wicket. But the middle and lower order collapsed against the nagging accuracy of Ashley Noffke and Nathan Astle - Durham's new overseas pair - and the tail could not scrambled the necessary runs.