Kaneria wickets help finish off Scotland

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Danish Kaneria, the Pakistan Test leg-spinner, took the wickets that mattered at The Grange to make sure Essex did not slip up against Scotland in the second round of the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy.

The visitors posted 272 for 3 before bowling Scotland out for 227, with Kaneria taking 3 for 30 to set up a 45-run victory.

Will Jefferson dominated with a 162-run, second-wicket partnership with Nasser Hussain by hitting two sixes and 13 fours before falling three short of a century.

Yasir Arafat marked his first Scotland appearance on home soil by trapping Jefferson leg before attempting a pull with the score on 208.

Hussain made 85 from 119 before becoming the third to be dismissed, falling in the 46th over with the score on 216. A huge top edge off Paul Hoffmann carried all the way to James Brinkley on the third man boundary.

Simon Francis recorded the best figures by a Somerset bowler in limited overs cricket to destroy Derbyshire at Derby. The England A seamer, only called into the side after Richard Johnson injured a knee, took 8 for 66 in 9.5 overs as the home side crashed from 193 for 2 to 276 all out chasing Somerset's 290.

Sussex took advantage of injury-ravaged Durham to reach 87 for 1 in 18 overs in a rain-delayed game at Chester-le-Street. With Durham's full-time staff of 18 reduced to 11, including two wicketkeepers, they had to draft in 41-year-old bowling coach Alan Walker, who tore a calf muscle in his first appearance for the first team for six years.

Ireland know their task ahead today, as a combination of tight bowling and a tricky pitch prevented Surrey from setting the unbeatable target many predicted. The former champions were restricted to 261 from 49.5 overs before rain and bad light forced proceedings into a second day.

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