By David Griffin
Derbyshire’s visit to Edinburgh to face Scotland in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition on Sunday will be our first visit since 2008 when appalling weather conditions meant that the Captains didn’t even make it out to the middle for the toss at Titwood, Glasgow.
The only other occasion when there was no play in a Derbyshire versus Scotland fixture was in 1986 when the Saltires were due to visit Derby for a friendly fixture but didn’t even travel to the County Ground as the prevailing conditions were so bad.
There have been 18 scheduled limited overs matches between the two sides with Derbyshire winning 13 and Scotland winning twice, plus the two abandonments mentioned above.
In 2005, the sides tied in a thrilling game at Derby, with both teams scoring 220. Scotland had been reduced to 102-5 before Dougie Lockhart’s unbeaten 88 ensured that the game ended with the scores level.
Although the first List A match between the sides took place in Glasgow in 1980, games between these teams had been played as long ago as 1954.
The touring Scots played a three day game at Buxton that year which saw Derbyshire win by 5 wickets, while the following year Derbyshire travelled to The Grange in Edinburgh – the venue for the game this year – and won by 8 wickets. Guy Willatt made a century for Derbyshire and off-spinner Edwin Smith recorded the remarkable match analysis of 65 overs, 26 maidens, 14 wickets for 110 runs, including 9 for 46 in the second innings, the best analysis of his career.
However, it has been in limited overs cricket that Derbyshire and Scotland have locked horns on a fairly regular basis since 1980 with interesting visits to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Forfar.
Derbyshire’s highest team score was 228-9 at Aberdeen in 1985 when Alan Hill made 107 and Roger Finney took 5-40, the best bowling figures by a Derbyshire bowler against Scotland.
Three other players have recorded hundreds; Daryl Cullinan making an unbeaten 101 in 1995 at Titwood, Chris Bassano 108 not out in 2003 at Derby and Michael Di Venuto the highest individual score of 112 in 2005 in the tied game at Derby.
The two victories for Scotland came in 2004 at The Grange as the hosts comfortably won by 8 wickets on a cold and miserable day when Derbyshire’s second highest score was extras with 40; and at Derby in 2006 when the victory margin was again 8 wickets.
The highest Scotland team score is the 220 in the tied game in 2005 and the highest individual score was an unbeaten 108 by Ryan Watson at Derby in 2006.
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