Matt Machan, the recent Saltires recruit, made his mark with a maiden century on just his third appearance for his country yesterday.

The Sussex batsman, one of four English-born players on Scotland's South African tour, struggled in the Twenty20 defeats by Highveld Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders but showed his class with a superb 104 on the opening day of the Scots' two-day match with North West Dragons in Potchfestroom.

Machan was forced to work for his runs after the Scots lost the toss and were sent in on a damp track at Senwes Park. It was a measure of his form that the next highest run scorer was Josh Davey with 32 as Scotland were bundled out for 222 in their first innings.

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Machan had prophetically tweeted on the eve of the match: "Not made a big score yet but it's coming. I'm feeling good." The Brighton-born batsman's century will not go down in the record books, though, as none of Scotland's tour matches have full cap status.

The Dragons had reached 135-4 at the close, with Majid Haq claiming two wickets.

* Luke Butterworth, the former Saltires all-rounder, claimed career-best bowling figures when he took six for 49 to put Tasmania in control of their Sheffield Shield fixture with South Australia. His victims included Tom Cooper, the ex-Forfarshire pro, for a duck. Butterworth, who took just two wickets in an injury plagued five-game stint with the Saltires, took two further wickets as the hosts were forced to follow on in Adelaide.