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July 11, 2008
Scotland 243 for 7 (Watts 93, Leverock 4-100) v Bermuda
Scotland's stand-in captain Fraser Watts made a defiant 93 to lead Scotland to 243 for 7 at stumps on the first day of their match against Bermuda. Left-arm spinner Dwayne Leverock was again Bermuda's hero, taking four wickets as he sent down a marathon 37 overs in the day.
After Scotland chose to bat, their openers, Watt and Douglas Lockhart, faced a probing new-ball spell from George O'Brien and Stefan Kelly. They had strung together a 42-run stand for the first wicket before Leverock, fresh from his ten-wicket match haul against Canada last week, had Lockhart caught behind.
With none of the other top six batsmen going past 25, Watt had little support and was finally dismissed seven short of what would have been his third first-class century. Scotland's batting had been weakened by the absence of Gavin Hamilton and regular captain Ryan Watson but an unbeaten 44 from No. 7 Majid Haq helped them move towards a competitive total.
It was slow going from Scotland's batsmen as none of Bermuda's bowlers conceded more than three an over. Offspinner Rodney Trott took 2 for 54 to support Leverock, who turns 37 on Monday.
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