England tour of Scotland, 2008 / Commentary

12.30pm Great news, the players are making their way out to the middle. We are going to get some play after all.

12.20pm I'm afraid, as expected, the covers are coming back on. We'll keep you abreast of any further developments, though expect the rain to really hammer it down for the next hour or more.

12.10pm It's looking much more encouraging now, and England are out there warming up as the last of the covers is folded away. For the time being, anyway - it looks like it's going to absolutely shed down in a couple of hours. Still, we should at least get some play which is terrific news.

11.50am The rain has relented for the time being, and the groundsmen are mopping up the covers before (slowly) peeling them off. A bit of hope, but the clouds remain threatening. Who knows - maybe we'll get some play after all.

11.30am We had the vaguest hope of covers being removed about 20 minutes ago, but they've been hurriedly dragged back on as the rain continues. Frustrating doesn't begin to explain it, but do stay with us. We'll keep you updated if and when there is any positive news.

10.45am So we were meant to get underway at 10.45am, but obviously this isn't going to happen. There's more chance of a nuclear-free world than getting any play here at the Grange. But we have some parachutists landing on the ground - I presume they're part of the entertainment and not part of a foreign coup to overthrow the country - and plumes of orange smoke drift across the ground. More news when we get it.

10.40am We have news: it's still raining, and a little harder too. Super bagpipes, though. There's a thought, however vain, that it might clear up at 1.00pm for a brief while. So it's not a complete washout just yet.

10.30am The rain's falling I'm afraid, and more covers are being dragged onto the pitch. This is not good news at all - the clouds are heavy and dark, and it looks thoroughly miserable. In the meantime, have a listen to David Lloyd's new show on Cricinfo.

England have won the toss and put Scotland into bat site statistics

10.15am Here's the England team

England - Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wk), Owais Shah, Kevin Pietersen (capt), Andrew Flintoff, Ravi Bopara, Luke Wright, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

10.10am The rain is back and the brollies are back up but it looks like it will only be a shower.

10.00am The drizzle has stopped and both teams are doing fielding drills. Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond will be here for the toss at

9.45am Good morning and welcome to Grange in Edinburgh with me Callum Stewart for today's ball-by-ball coverage of this historic ODI between Scotland and England. We are expecting about 6000 people here today to witness this clash. Scotland have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Both the teams are out warming up and the crowds are filling in. The slightest drizzle is falling and the covers and sheets are on as a precaution.

0.1

Anderson to Hamilton, 1 wide, A bit of an adrenaline rush there? That's miles wide and the keeper does well to make it

0.1

Anderson to Hamilton, 1 wide, and another! Sarcastic jeers for the Scottish crowd. Still awaiting the first legal delivery

0.1

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, a bit better. A lot of pace and swinging away. Just spitting out here

0.2

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, pitched up and swung away and left alone

0.3

Anderson to Hamilton, FOUR, swinging away again and a swipe from Hamilton finds a thin edge and it races away beating Wright at third man for the first boundary of the day. Huge cheers!

0.4

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, pitches up a bouncer and left alone

0.5

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, short again and straighter but no interest from Hamilton

0.6

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, a bit fuller and clips the top of his pads and a half-appeal from the English but too high

End of over 1 (6 runs) Scotland 6/0
GM Hamilton    4* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-6-0
RR Watson    0* (0b)     

1.1

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, angled off the bat down to Broad at third man and Watson off the mark straight away

1.2

Bresnan to Hamilton, OUT, pitched up and defended and Watson backing up is stranded half-way up the track as Hamilton cries "NO!". Watson in vain tries to make his crease. Patel pounces on it from midwicket and Watson heads back to the pavillion.

RR Watson run out 1 (8m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

1.3

Bresnan to Hamilton, no run, clipped off his legs but picked up by the wicketkeeper

1.4

Bresnan to Hamilton, no run, blocked in to the ground

1.5

Bresnan to Hamilton, no run, a bit of pace there beats the bat

1.6

Bresnan to Hamilton, 1 run, turned off his legs passed square leg and Hamilton keeps the strike

End of over 2 (2 runs) Scotland 8/1
GM Hamilton    5* (11b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-2-0
KJ Coetzer    0* (0b)     

2.1

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, good pace and better line and all Hamilton can do is block

2.2

Anderson to Hamilton, 1 run, off his legs past square leg again for another single. Coetzer for his first ball...

2.3

Anderson to Coetzer, no run, some late swing there beating the bat as he plays the forward defence

2.4

Anderson to Coetzer, no run, pitched up and tries to defend but misses

2.5

Anderson to Coetzer, no run, bouncer again and left alone this time

2.6

Anderson to Coetzer, no run, this one high and wide trying to tempt Coetzer but another leave

End of over 3 (1 run) Scotland 9/1
KJ Coetzer    0* (4b)      JM Anderson    2-0-7-0
GM Hamilton    6* (13b 1x4)     

3.1

Bresnan to Hamilton, no run, another one wider and left alone from Hamilton

3.2

Bresnan to Hamilton, 1 leg bye, bit straighter and runs off the pads down to third man

3.3

Bresnan to Coetzer, no run, some good bounce and more swing beating the bat once more

3.4

Bresnan to Coetzer, OUT, gone for a duck! This time Bresnan bowls a bit fuller and swinging away it catches the edge and a routine catch for Flintoff down low at second slip

KJ Coetzer c Flintoff b Bresnan 0 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Poonia in to the crease

3.5

Bresnan to Poonia, no run, good forward defensive shot back to the bowler

3.6

Bresnan to Poonia, no run, blocked straight again

End of over 4 (1 run, wicket maiden) Scotland 10/2
NS Poonia    0* (2b)      TT Bresnan    2-1-2-1
GM Hamilton    6* (15b 1x4)     

4.1

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, swung away and left alone by the batsmen

Crowd has filled up nicely now and some vocal support from a small travelling Barmy Army

4.2

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, swung away again and Hamilton prods with his bat and misses. Risky play

4.3

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, well left by Hamilton this time and no interest in the outswinger

4.4

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, bit straighter but still left well alone

4.5

Anderson to Hamilton, 1 wide, pitched far too short and Hamilton does not need to duck that. It's a good two feet above him!

4.5

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, another outswinger left alone

4.6

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, and again. A game of chess between these two just now and Hamilton happy to play himself in.

End of over 5 (1 run) Scotland 11/2
GM Hamilton    6* (21b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-8-0
NS Poonia    0* (2b)     

5.1

Bresnan to Poonia, OUT, another fuller delivery and a carbon copy of Coetzer's dismissal. Poonia is sent packing as Patel catches it at third slip

NS Poonia c Patel b Bresnan 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

5.2

Bresnan to Smith, no run, blocked away to point

5.3

Bresnan to Smith, no run, pitched short and Smith ducks out of harms way

5.4

Bresnan to Smith, no run, fended off to cover with a check drive

5.5

Bresnan to Smith, no run, a bit more pace and Smith looks uncomfortable in his crease as it clatters the pads but umpire Taufel shakes his head

5.6

Bresnan to Smith, no run, wide and left alone and that's a wicket-maiden for Bresnan

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) Scotland 11/3
CJO Smith    0* (5b)      TT Bresnan    3-2-2-2
GM Hamilton    6* (21b 1x4)     

6.1

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, swinging away and no interest from Hamilton

6.2

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, another one swinging out and testing Hamilton's patience

6.3

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, and another one! Testing the crowd's patience now

6.4

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, bit straighter and he thinks about playing it but another leave

6.5

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, bounced up and straight and he bends his back to evade the ball

6.6

Anderson to Hamilton, SIX, well he lost patience as he walks down the track and takes a huge swing, sending the ball high over cow corner to many cheers from this strong Scottish crowd

End of over 7 (5 runs) Scotland 16/3
GM Hamilton    11* (27b 1x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    4-0-14-0
CJO Smith    0* (5b)     

7.1

Bresnan to Smith, FOUR, great shot to get off the mark as he plays a cover drive and it runs for four

7.2

Bresnan to Smith, 2 runs, similar shot but not as well timed. Smart running brings up another two

7.3

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, clipped away through square leg and they take a single

7.4

Bresnan to Hamilton, no run, swinging away and left alone for a dot ball

7.5

Bresnan to Hamilton, no run, bit wider still and Hamilton's happy to bide his time and pick out the bad balls

7.6

Bresnan to Hamilton, no run, blocked in to the ground and that's the over. Better from Scotland

End of over 8 (8 runs) Scotland 24/3
GM Hamilton    11* (30b 1x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    4-2-9-2
CJO Smith    7* (8b 1x4)     

8.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, he pitched another one up and it hits him in the stomach

8.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, blocked and picked up at mid-on

8.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, another bouncer and this one hits him in the glove, but he shakes it off

8.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, another one short and hits the glove again

8.5

Anderson to Smith, 1 wide, more bouncers and Smith ducks out the way but it's signalled wide

8.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, again pitched up and Smith leans back to get out the way

8.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, wide and short and left well alone

End of over 9 (1 run) Scotland 25/3
CJO Smith    7* (14b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-15-0
GM Hamilton    11* (30b 1x4 1x6)     

9.1

Bresnan to Hamilton, no run, blocked and picked up at cover

9.2

Bresnan to Hamilton, 1 run, edged away off the block and runs down to third man

9.3

Bresnan to Smith, no run, cut away and picked up by Shah at cover

9.4

Bresnan to Smith, SIX, goes for a bouncer and Smith takes a swipe and it catches a top edge and loops high over third man and in to a tent for a maximum boundary!

9.5

Bresnan to Smith, no run, blocked to the covers

9.6

Bresnan to Smith, no run, driven straight to mid-off

End of over 10 (7 runs) Scotland 32/3
CJO Smith    13* (18b 1x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    5-2-16-2
GM Hamilton    12* (32b 1x4 1x6)     

10.1

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, Hamilton leaves this outswinger alone

10.2

Anderson to Hamilton, 1 run, turned away through deep square leg for an easy single

10.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, straighter and fuller and it hits the pads but a shake of the head from the umpire

10.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, turned away to square leg but picked up and no run

10.5

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, angled out towards point and good quick running for a single

10.6

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, another one swinging away and left well alone

End of over 11 (2 runs) Scotland 34/3
GM Hamilton    13* (35b 1x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    6-0-17-0
CJO Smith    14* (21b 1x4 1x6)     

11.1

Bresnan to Smith, no run, bit wider and left alone from Smith

11.2

Bresnan to Smith, no run, driven to the offside but picked up by Flintoff at cover point

11.3

Bresnan to Smith, no run, blocked in to the ground

11.4

Bresnan to Smith, SIX, skips down the track with intent again and this time it's hit hard and straight, just reaching the boundary for another maximum. Top shot

11.5

Bresnan to Smith, no run, blocked once more content with the last shot

Broad just warming up down at third man

11.6

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, pitched short and pulled away but just for a single

And Broad will take over from Anderson

End of over 12 (7 runs) Scotland 41/3
CJO Smith    21* (27b 1x4 2x6)      TT Bresnan    6-2-23-2
GM Hamilton    13* (35b 1x4 1x6)     

12.1

Broad to Smith, 1 run, leaned away off to third man they take a single

12.2

Broad to Hamilton, no run, mistimed cover drive which is athletically stopped by Flintoff

12.3

Broad to Hamilton, no run, short and a bit wider and Hamilton will leave it alone

The small pocket of the Barmy Army making a load of noise!

12.4

Broad to Hamilton, 1 run, another one down to third man

12.5

Broad to Smith, no run, blocked in to the covers

12.6

Broad to Smith, 2 runs, played off the legs to deep square leg and they turn quickly for a second

Flintoff looks like he will partner Broad from the other end

End of over 13 (4 runs) Scotland 45/3
CJO Smith    24* (30b 1x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    1-0-4-0
GM Hamilton    14* (38b 1x4 1x6)     

13.1

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, pitched up and hits his hip as he tries to work it off his legs

13.2

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, connects this time but Bopara picks it up at square leg

13.3

Flintoff to Hamilton, 1 run, too straight from Flintoff and it's worked down to third man for another single

13.4

Flintoff to Smith, no run, straight drive stopped by Luke Wright at mid-on

13.5

Flintoff to Smith, no run, bouncer from Flintoff and Smith is too slow to play a shot and it rebounds off the glove

13.6

Flintoff to Smith, no run, a lot wider and left alone from Smith

End of over 14 (1 run) Scotland 46/3
CJO Smith    24* (33b 1x4 2x6)      A Flintoff    1-0-1-0
GM Hamilton    15* (41b 1x4 1x6)     

14.1

Broad to Hamilton, 1 run, cross bat shot towards midwicket and a good slide and picked up from Pietersen who throws and hits the stumps but Hamilton's safe

14.2

Broad to Smith, no run, pitched up and the sheer pace of Broad beating the bat

14.3

Broad to Smith, no run, good drive but fielded by Anderson at mid-off

14.4

Broad to Smith, no run, blocked in to the ground back to the bowler

14.5

Broad to Smith, no run, defended to square leg but no run

14.6

Broad to Smith, no run, good tactics from Broad bowls a yorker and hits Smith in the foot and he hobbles about his crease

End of over 15 (1 run) Scotland 47/3
CJO Smith    24* (38b 1x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    2-0-5-0
GM Hamilton    16* (42b 1x4 1x6)     

15.1

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, shorter ball and swinging away which beats Hamilton

15.2

Flintoff to Hamilton, FOUR, flashing cut catches a thin edge and it flies over the slip cordon and races away for four

15.3

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, defended on his toes to short cover

15.4

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, slightly slower ball squares the batsmen up and leaves it in the end

15.5

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, short again and well defended once more

Solid partnership starting to form now...

15.6

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, blocked in to the ground and picked up at gully

End of over 16 (4 runs) Scotland 51/3
GM Hamilton    20* (48b 2x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    2-0-5-0
CJO Smith    24* (38b 1x4 2x6)     

16.1

Broad to Smith, FOUR, shot! Fantastic cover drive from Smith as it splits the covers and runs away to the boundary

16.2

Broad to Smith, no run, defended to point and Shah shies at the bowlers end towards the loitering Hamilton and hits but safely in

16.3

Broad to Smith, no run, blocked in to the ground

16.4

Broad to Smith, FOUR, probing block catches a thing edge and it runs away for another four

16.5

Broad to Smith, no run, inside edge and off the pads and no real danger as it drops to silly point

16.6

Broad to Smith, 1 run, a drop and run to Pietersen at mid-on bringing up another single

End of over 17 (9 runs) Scotland 60/3
CJO Smith    33* (44b 3x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-14-0
GM Hamilton    20* (48b 2x4 1x6)     

17.1

Flintoff to Smith, no run, played straight and picked up by the bowler

17.2

Flintoff to Smith, no run, straight bat again and Flintoff stops it

17.3

Flintoff to Smith, 1 leg bye, pitched up too short and smacks off the helmet and a dazed Smith runs a leg-bye

17.4

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, bit more pace and a bit straighter squares him up and beats the bat

17.5

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, blocked towards midwicket and Hamilton's looking comfortable

17.6

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, blocked in to the ground again and Scotland slowing down a bit now but with a good partnership in the middle and plenty of overs left

End of over 18 (1 run, maiden) Scotland 61/3
GM Hamilton    20* (51b 2x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    3-1-5-0
CJO Smith    33* (47b 3x4 2x6)     

18.1

Broad to Smith, no run, short again and defended. Shah is out on the deep square leg boundary for the pull shot

18.2

Broad to Smith, no run, another shorter ball and hits Smith's chest on the way through to Prior and an appeal goes up from a few of the English fielders but not out

18.3

Broad to Smith, no run, another bouncer hits off his glove this time

18.4

Broad to Smith, 1 leg bye, clips off the pads and runs away to third man and they take a single

18.5

Broad to Hamilton, no run, defensive shot towards point picked up by Shah

18.6

Broad to Hamilton, FOUR, excellent cover drive beats the diving Pietersen and then Shah chases all the way to the boundary but just cannot stop it, much to the delight of the Scottish crowd. Well timed shot

End of over 19 (5 runs) Scotland 66/3
GM Hamilton    24* (53b 3x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    4-0-18-0
CJO Smith    33* (51b 3x4 2x6)     

19.1

Flintoff to Smith, 1 run, a thin edge runs away to Broad at third man and one more added to the total

19.2

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, much shorter length now and Hamilton ducks out of the way

19.3

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, another bouncer and Hamilton is feeling for it and it doesn't miss the bat by much

19.4

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, dropped! a fuller ball swinging away catches the outside edge and carries to Anderson at second slip. It goes through his hands and hits his chest and Patel from first slip tries to pounce on the rebound and fumbles it as well

Jeers all round from the Scots

19.5

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, left alone outside off

19.6

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, defended in to the ground towards square leg

End of over 20 (1 run) Scotland 67/3
GM Hamilton    24* (58b 3x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    4-1-6-0
CJO Smith    34* (52b 3x4 2x6)     

20.1

Broad to Smith, no run, high and wide and left alone

20.2

Broad to Smith, no run, goes for the big swipe and bottom edges it in to the ground

20.3

Broad to Smith, 1 run, tries to angle it off to third man and Hamilton calls the run from the other end. Good running

20.4

Broad to Hamilton, 1 run, dropped again! He goes for the big shot and catches it thin flashes it high and wide and it loops in the air towards Luke Wright who has plenty of time to get under it and watch it in to his hands. Much to the delight of the crowd it pops out his hands

Another lifeline for Scotland

20.5

Broad to Smith, 1 run, turned away to square leg for another

20.6

Broad to Hamilton, 1 run, runs it away down to third man to keep the strike

End of over 21 (4 runs) Scotland 71/3
GM Hamilton    26* (60b 3x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    5-0-22-0
CJO Smith    36* (56b 3x4 2x6)     

21.1

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, too wide for his liking and left alone

21.2

Flintoff to Hamilton, 1 wide, Flintoff lets one slip too far down the legside

21.2

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, bit wider but he's tempted and a flashing cut attempt is missed

21.3

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, tries to turn it off his leg and clatters off the pads

21.4

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, blocked straight into the ground

21.5

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, another shorter ball and hits the thigh guard region and it looked like it hurt a little

21.6

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, another one pitched up and that hurt as well. Hamilton's hobbling about as Smith tries to run a single and sends himself back

End of over 22 (1 run) Scotland 72/3
GM Hamilton    26* (66b 3x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    5-1-7-0
CJO Smith    36* (56b 3x4 2x6)     

22.1

Broad to Smith, no run, comes down the track with intent but blocks it away towards point

22.2

Broad to Smith, 1 wide, pitched too short this time and over Smith's head as he tries a pull

22.2

Broad to Smith, no run, straight drive but well fielded at mid-on

22.3

Broad to Smith, no run, cut away but Bopara is equal to it at point

22.4

Broad to Smith, no run, attempts to play it through the leg side but smacks the top of his pads and flies up in the air

22.5

Broad to Smith, no run, fended off towards the covers but still no run

22.6

Broad to Smith, no run, blocked into the ground and picked up by Pietersen at short cover

Some spin about to be brought in to the attack in the form of Samit Patel for his first bowl in international cricket

End of over 23 (1 run) Scotland 73/3
CJO Smith    36* (62b 3x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    6-0-23-0
GM Hamilton    26* (66b 3x4 1x6)     

23.1

Patel to Hamilton, no run, blocked away to the offside

23.2

Patel to Hamilton, 1 run, pulled away past square leg and they take an easy single

23.3

Patel to Smith, no run, lots of foot movement in the crease looking for the big shot but settles to defend

23.4

Patel to Smith, no run, blocked once more

23.5

Patel to Smith, no run, prodded to the covers but no run available

23.6

Patel to Smith, no run, angled in towards the pads and an appeal goes up by no interest shown from the umpire

End of over 24 (1 run) Scotland 74/3
CJO Smith    36* (66b 3x4 2x6)      SR Patel    1-0-1-0
GM Hamilton    27* (68b 3x4 1x6)     

24.1

Broad to Hamilton, 1 run, worked away through midwicket for a single

24.2

Broad to Smith, OUT, goes for the flashing cut and it catches a big outside edge and carries all the way down to third man for a routine catch

CJO Smith c sub (AN Cook) b Broad 36 (80m 67b 3x4 2x6) SR: 53.73

24.3

Broad to McCallum, no run, blocked in to the ground

24.4

Broad to McCallum, 1 run, defended through square leg for a single

24.5

Broad to Hamilton, no run, blocked back to the bowler

24.6

Broad to Hamilton, no run, defended straight

End of over 25 (2 runs) Scotland 76/4
GM Hamilton    28* (71b 3x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    7-0-25-1
NFI McCallum    1* (2b)     

25.1

Patel to McCallum, 1 run, worked away through the leg side for one more

25.2

Patel to Hamilton, no run, blocked against the spin

25.3

Patel to Hamilton, no run, tries to sweep in away but doesn't connect

25.4

Patel to Hamilton, no run, another block to defended against the spin from Patel

25.5

Patel to Hamilton, no run, another attempted sweep goes wrong

25.6

Patel to Hamilton, no run, blocked again to finish the over

End of over 26 (1 run) Scotland 77/4
GM Hamilton    28* (76b 3x4 1x6)      SR Patel    2-0-2-0
NFI McCallum    2* (3b)     

26.1

Broad to McCallum, 1 run, played through midwicket for one

26.2

Broad to Hamilton, no run

26.3

Broad to Hamilton, no run

26.4

Broad to Hamilton, 1 run, attacking shot through cover but only gets one

26.5

Broad to McCallum, no run

26.6

Broad to McCallum, no run

End of over 27 (2 runs) Scotland 79/4
NFI McCallum    3* (6b)      SCJ Broad    8-0-27-1
GM Hamilton    29* (79b 3x4 1x6)     

27.1

Patel to Hamilton, 1 run, cross bat shot through covers gets one

27.2

Patel to McCallum, OUT, he goes for the sweep shot and miscues it. Anderson takes this one cleanly on the boundary rope at deep square leg

NFI McCallum c Anderson b Patel 2 (11m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

27.3

Patel to Hamilton, no run

27.4

Patel to Hamilton, no run

27.5

Patel to Hamilton, no run

27.6

Patel to Hamilton, no run

End of over 28 (1 run) Scotland 80/5
GM Hamilton    30* (84b 3x4 1x6)      SR Patel    3-0-3-1
CM Wright    0* (0b)     

28.1

Anderson to Wright, 1 run, cut away through point and he gets off the mark

28.2

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, straight drive back to the bowler and well stopped by Anderson

28.3

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, more bounce and pace beats the bat this time

28.4

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, blocked in to the ground and good line from Anderson

28.5

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, outswinger beats the cover drive and another dot. The runs stopping for Scotland but the drizzle is starting

28.6

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, more pace again and Hamilton can't get anything on it

End of over 29 (0 runs) Scotland 80/5
GM Hamilton    30* (89b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    7-0-18-0
CM Wright    1* (1b)     

29.1

Patel to Wright, no run, spun in and off the pads and a big appeal but given not out by umpire Taufel

29.2

Patel to Wright, no run, attempted prod through the covers but easily picked up in the field

29.3

Patel to Wright, no run, blocked straight cautious of the spin

29.4

Patel to Wright, no run

29.5

Patel to Wright, 1 run, angles it away towards third man and doesn't connect but Hamilton calls the run and they make it through

29.6

Patel to Hamilton, no run, blocked straight - no run

Drizzle still persistent

End of over 30 (3 runs) Scotland 83/5
GM Hamilton    32* (90b 3x4 1x6)      SR Patel    4-0-4-1
CM Wright    2* (6b)     

30.1

Anderson to Wright, no run, defended to the covers

30.2

Anderson to Wright, 1 run, played away down to third man for a single

30.3

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, blocked to midwicket

30.4

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, fended off to point but picked up by Shah

30.5

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, blocked in to the ground and they try and run a cheeky single before turning back and Anderson makes a meal of the run out attempt

30.6

Anderson to Hamilton, 1 run, cut away passed cover and point but picked up on the boundary

End of over 31 (2 runs) Scotland 85/5
GM Hamilton    33* (94b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    8-0-20-0
CM Wright    3* (8b)     

31.1

Patel to Hamilton, no run, front foot defence and misses almost giving Prior a stumping chance

31.2

Patel to Hamilton, no run, gets the defence right this time towards point

31.3

Patel to Hamilton, FOUR, great shot! Reverse sweep away for four and no-one is getting that in the field

31.4

Patel to Hamilton, 1 run, driven straight to long-on for a single

Rain getting heavier now - groundstaff at the ready.

31.5

Patel to Wright, 1 run, prodded away towards cover point and they take a quick single

2.40pm And the umpires have deemed the rain heavy enough to stop play and they wave the covers on. It looks like it's just a shower but we will keep you posted.

31.6

Patel to Hamilton, no run, and the one ball left for Patel is defended back straight

The captain is going to bring himself on for a spell

End of over 32 (8 runs) Scotland 93/5
GM Hamilton    40* (95b 4x4 1x6)      SR Patel    5-0-12-1
CM Wright    4* (8b)     

32.1

Pietersen to Wright, 1 run, cut away comfortably for a single through point

32.2

Pietersen to Hamilton, no run, tries to play leg side and the spin catches the offside edge and runs away.

32.3

Pietersen to Hamilton, no run, defended off towards point

32.4

Pietersen to Hamilton, no run, blocked back to the bowler

32.5

Pietersen to Hamilton, no run, duffed away to midwicket

32.6

Pietersen to Hamilton, no run, driven to midwicket but good stop by Shah

End of over 33 (1 run) Scotland 94/5
GM Hamilton    40* (100b 4x4 1x6)      KP Pietersen    1-0-1-0
CM Wright    5* (9b)     

33.1

Patel to Wright, no run, driven through extra cover but Patel moves across to dive and stop

33.2

Patel to Wright, 1 run, good use of the wrists to manipulate it through square leg

33.3

Patel to Hamilton, no run, placed through midwicket

33.4

Patel to Hamilton, no run, driven straight back to the bowler

33.5

Patel to Hamilton, no run, turned to midwicket but no run

33.6

Patel to Hamilton, 1 run, gentle sweep away and Bell slides and stops to save the second

Scotland will have to attack to spin sooner or later

End of over 34 (2 runs) Scotland 96/5
GM Hamilton    41* (104b 4x4 1x6)      SR Patel    6-0-14-1
CM Wright    6* (11b)     

34.1

Pietersen to Hamilton, 4 byes, and he went for it! A big swipe fooled everyone including Matt Prior who missed it and it runs away for four byes to bring up the 100

34.2

Pietersen to Hamilton, 1 run, hit high in the air to the legside and it drops in between two fielders - stroke of luck there!

34.3

Pietersen to Wright, no run

34.4

Pietersen to Wright, FOUR, great cover drive brings up another boundary for the Scots

34.5

Pietersen to Wright, no run, well defended to the onside

34.6

Pietersen to Wright, no run, driven towards mid-off but no run

End of over 35 (9 runs) Scotland 105/5
CM Wright    10* (15b 1x4)      KP Pietersen    2-0-6-0
GM Hamilton    42* (106b 4x4 1x6)     

35.1

Patel to Hamilton, no run, blocked in to the ground

35.2

Patel to Hamilton, 1 run, angled off towards point for a single

35.3

Patel to Wright, no run, defended straight into the ground

35.4

Patel to Wright, 1 run, a drop and run towards Flintoff at point and he demolishes the stumps at the bowlers end but safely in

35.5

Patel to Hamilton, SIX, he's got hold of that one. Patel pitches it up too much and Hamilton leans back and pulls it over the deep square leg boundary on to a tennis court

35.6

Patel to Hamilton, no run, blocked to the midwicket region and they think about the run but don't take it

End of over 36 (8 runs) Scotland 113/5
GM Hamilton    49* (110b 4x4 2x6)      SR Patel    7-0-22-1
CM Wright    11* (17b 1x4)     

36.1

Anderson to Wright, no run, good cover drive but Bell gets down well to stop in the field

36.2

Anderson to Wright, no run, more pace and straighter but off the pads and going too far down leg to warrant an appeal

36.3

Anderson to Wright, 1 run, straight drive in the air and Anderson gets some fingers to it and Broad picks it up on the boundary at long-on

36.4

Anderson to Hamilton, no run, angled off to point and no run available to Bopara

36.5

Anderson to Hamilton, 1 run, angled away down to third man to bring up a very special half-century for Gavin Hamilton.

36.6

Anderson to Wright, no run, clips the pads on the way through to the keeper

Looks like Broad will take over from Patel at the Nursery End

End of over 37 (2 runs) Scotland 115/5
CM Wright    12* (21b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-22-0
GM Hamilton    50* (112b 4x4 2x6)     

37.1

Broad to Hamilton, SIX, Shot! Obviously happy enough with his 50 Hamilton let's fly with this one and it goes straight over Broad's head and clatters the sight screens at the end of the ground

37.2

Broad to Hamilton, 1 run, cut away towards point and quick running for a single

37.3

Broad to Wright, OUT, Gone! Great pace from Broad as the ball smacks the top of middle and off sending the bails flying and the ball racing towards the boundary

CM Wright b Broad 12 (33m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

37.4

Broad to Blain, no run, well defended in to the ground

37.5

Broad to Blain, no run, blocked straight again

37.6

Broad to Blain, 1 run, well worked in to the space in the square leg region of the leg side and they take an easy single

End of over 38 (8 runs) Scotland 123/6
JAR Blain    1* (3b)      SCJ Broad    9-0-35-2
GM Hamilton    57* (114b 4x4 3x6)     

38.1

Wright to Blain, no run, wide outside off and left alone

38.2

Wright to Blain, 1 run, jabbed in to the offside and Pietersen spins and throws with his right hand to the bowler's end and misses

38.3

Wright to Hamilton, no run, full toss and turned away but picked up at short fine leg

Few drops of rain falling

38.4

Wright to Hamilton, 1 run, attacking swipe gains one more as the ball works its way down to deep point

38.5

Wright to Blain, no run, defended by Blain and picked up at backward point

38.6

Wright to Blain, 1 run, another drop and run to short square leg - Scotland picking up the singles but need to find more boundaries

End of over 39 (3 runs) Scotland 126/6
JAR Blain    3* (7b)      LJ Wright    1-0-3-0
GM Hamilton    58* (116b 4x4 3x6)     

39.1

Flintoff to Blain, 1 run, placed in to the rather empty legside for another single

39.2

Flintoff to Hamilton, no run, a swing and a miss there

39.3

Flintoff to Hamilton, 2 runs, another cross bat swipe and a misfield by Bell at midwicket brings up two as it falls out his hands and bounces off his knee

39.4

Flintoff to Hamilton, OUT, Stunning catch by Matt Prior gets the dangerman. Hamilton tries a cheeky shot trying to angle it away past the keeper and down to a fine third man. He gets it too fine and Prior takes a stunning catch high and to his left

GM Hamilton c †Prior b Flintoff 60 (159m 119b 4x4 3x6) SR: 50.42

39.5

Flintoff to MacLeod, no run, yorker ball and well dug-out by the youngest. What a way to make your international debut - facing Freddie Flintoff.

39.6

Flintoff to MacLeod, no run, still uneasy its helped in to the covers but no run

End of over 40 (3 runs) Scotland 129/7
CS MacLeod    0* (2b)      A Flintoff    6-1-10-1
JAR Blain    4* (8b)     

40.1

Bresnan to Blain, no run, blocked to midwicket and no run - Scotland will have to go up a gear or two here with only 4 overs left

40.2

Bresnan to Blain, 1 run, uses his wrists to flick it through square leg

40.3

Bresnan to MacLeod, 1 run, cut away to wide third man to get off the mark

40.4

Bresnan to Blain, 1 run, similar shot from Blain brings another one to the total. Flintoff getting good fielding practice down there.

40.5

Bresnan to MacLeod, no run, pitched up and blocked to the covers

40.6

Bresnan to MacLeod, no run, pitched short and MacLeod cannot reach its so high but no wide called

End of over 41 (3 runs) Scotland 132/7
CS MacLeod    1* (5b)      TT Bresnan    7-2-26-2
JAR Blain    6* (11b)     

41.1

Flintoff to Blain, no run, pace from Flintoff and it zips off the surface and Blain does well to get out the way in time

41.2

Flintoff to Blain, no run, another short ball gets him feeling for the defensive shot - dot balls are not what Scotland need just now

41.3

Flintoff to Blain, 4 leg byes, too straight and it glances the pads on the way down to the boundary

41.4

Flintoff to Blain, FOUR, a thin edge uses Flintoff's pace and races all the way for four more despite a really good effort from Luke Wright to stop it

41.5

Flintoff to Blain, no run, blocked back to the bowler

41.6

Flintoff to Blain, 1 run, pulled away over midwicket to the cheers on the boundary but jeers as Anderson stops it on the bounce

End of over 42 (9 runs) Scotland 141/7
JAR Blain    11* (17b 1x4)      A Flintoff    7-1-15-1
CS MacLeod    1* (5b)     

42.1

Bresnan to Blain, 1 leg bye, tries to dodge the bouncer and takes one in the ribs but they run it anyway

42.2

Bresnan to MacLeod, FOUR, that's a great golf shot! err...cricket shot from MacLeod as he cross-bats it over the bowlers head for a two bounce four

42.3

Bresnan to MacLeod, 2 runs, another good connection over midwicket but Bell picks it up on the boundary

42.4

Bresnan to MacLeod, no run, drifts over wide of leg-stump for a dubious not given wide

42.5

Bresnan to MacLeod, 1 run, bottom edge in to the ground and they run a cheeky single from nowhere

42.6

Bresnan to Blain, 1 run, another quick single as it's defended in to the short midwicket

End of over 43 (9 runs) Scotland 150/7
JAR Blain    12* (19b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    8-2-34-2
CS MacLeod    8* (9b 1x4)     

43.1

Flintoff to Blain, 1 run, turned off his legs for an easy one

43.2

Flintoff to MacLeod, 1 run, great yorker from Flintoff equalled by a great shot from MacLeod letting it run off the bat down to third man

43.3

Flintoff to Blain, OUT, a big swing from Blain going for it and he misses and it clips the top of middle stump

JAR Blain b Flintoff 13 (24m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 61.90

43.4

Flintoff to Nel, OUT, and another one! Flintoff bowls accurately and it hits middle stump again. It's a long walk back for Nel

JD Nel b Flintoff 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Hat-trick ball for Flintoff...

43.5

Flintoff to Lyons, 3 runs, good shot! pulls it away through midwicket between the fielders and the run quickly for three

43.6

Flintoff to MacLeod, 1 run, full toss cut away and stopped by Shah on the boundary

Well there we go. Off 44 overs Scotland reached 156-9 with Hamilton getting 60 and Flintoff gaining figures of 3-21. After the rain break the interval has been shortened to 10 minutes so we will resume the run chase shortly

End of over 44 (6 runs) Scotland 156/9
CS MacLeod    10* (11b 1x4)      A Flintoff    8-1-21-3
RT Lyons    3* (1b)     
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Gavin Hamilton works the ball through the leg side, Scotland v England, The Grange, Edinburgh, August 18, 2008

Gavin Hamilton works the ball through the leg side

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Kevin Pietersen high-fives with Andrew Flintoff after one of his three wickets, Scotland v England, The Grange, Edinburgh, August 18, 2008

Kevin Pietersen high-fives with Andrew Flintoff after one of his three wickets

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