Davey's haul sets up Scotland victory
Josh Davey's 5 for 9 put Scotland on track to level their one-day series against Afghanistan with a six-wicket victory at Ayr
Scotland 121 for 4 (Watts 55*) beat Afghanistan 120 (Shenwari 46, Davey 5-9) by six wickets
Josh Davey's 5 for 9 put Scotland on track to level their one-day series against Afghanistan with a six-wicket victory at Ayr. After Davey's heroics demolished the visitors for 120, Fraser Watts guided the run chase with an unbeaten 55 as Scotland overcame an early wobble and won with ease.
Afghanistan had stormed to a nine-wicket success the previous day but found batting much tougher this time around after losing Karim Sadiq first ball, caught behind off Gordon Drummond, and the innings quickly subsided to 49 for 6. Davey's memorable day started when Nawroz Mangal, the Afghanistan captain, gave a return catch and Mohammad Nabi gave him his fourth when he chipped to midwicket.
Noor-ul-Haq and Samiullah Shenwari tried to revive the innings with a stand of 46, but the final three wickets fell for four runs and Davey completed his haul when Shenwari flicked to square leg.
Afghanistan struck early in reply when Mirwais Ashraf removed Gavin Hamilton for 2 and debutant Ryan Flannigan was caught behind for a duck as Scotland wobble on 15 for 2. Ten overs later Davey was bowled by Hamid Hassan, but Watts found a stable partner in Richie Berrington as the pair added 60 for fourth wicket to take Scotland to the brink of victory.
Although Berrington was bowled attempting a sweep Watts was able to complete his victory before he and Moneeb Iqbal finished the job with more than 16 overs to spare.