Bermuda v Scotland, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Hamilton, 2nd day July 12, 2008

Scotland build substantial lead

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Scotland 282 (Watts 93, Haq 46, Leverock 6-120) and 83 for 3 (Watts 43*) lead Bermuda 106 (Foggo 43, Nel 4-27, 3-14) by 259 runs

A strong performance from Scotland's bowlers helped them gain a substantial first-innings lead on the second day of their Intercontinental Cup match against Bermuda in Hamilton. Bermuda were dismissed for 106, giving Scotland a lead of 176, which they extended to 259 by scoring 83 for 3 in the second innings.

Bermuda's openers - Chris Foggo and Oronde Bascome - provided a steady start by adding 44 for the first wicket, of which Bascome's contribution was only 6. Medium-pacer Sean Weeraratna triggered the collapse, having Bascome caught by Ross Lyons after which he dismissed both James Celestine and Steven Outerbridge to reduce Bermuda to 64 for 3. Foggo offered resistance but once he fell for 53 the innings folded - the last six wickets fell for 33 runs. Only one other batsman - Jekon Edness, who scored 23 - got into double figures.

Dewald Nel, the Scotland medium-pacer, mopped up the tail to finish with figures of 4 for 27 but it was Weeraratna's 3 for 14 at the top that hurt Bermuda. Lyons provided support by picking up 2 for 15.

Scotland slipped to 22 for 3 during their second innings - all the wickets fell to George O'Brien - but the captain Fraser Watts and wicketkeeper Colin Smith steadied the innings with an unbeaten 61-run stand for the fourth wicket. Watts, who had scored 93 in the first innings, made 43 to steer the hosts to 83 for 3.

Earlier in the day, Scotland's first innings had wrapped up for 282 after beginning the day on 240 for 7. Nel struck 22 to help add 20 each for the last two wickets before Dwayne Leverock picked up the final wicket to finish with 6 for 120.