Berrington, Main help Scotland to warm up win

06 Jul

Namibia 127/8 (20 overs) Van Schoor 42, Baard 32, Main 2/9, Evans 2/20, Leask 2/23 lost to Scotland 130/4 (16.2 overs) Berrington 61, Coetzer 28, by 6 wickets. [Scorecard] 

Scotland cruised to a six-wicket victory in their first World T20 qualifier warm-up match at the Grange against Namibia in Edinburgh. 

Richie Berrington top scored with an unbeaten 61 from 35 balls, plundering four boundaries and four maximums. Scotland finished on 130-4 with 22 balls to spare chasing Namibia’s 127-8. 

Raymond van Schoor top scored for Namibia with 42 from 34 balls including two sixes and three fours. 

The Saltires’ bowlers were excellent, sharing the wickets; Alisdair Evans, Gavin Main and Michael Leask taking two wickets each as they strangled the Namibian batsmen. 

Scotland set about the task with intent, but lost early wickets to Louis Klazinga (2-23) as they attacked the low score. 

Kyle Coetzer’s run-a-ball 28 included two sixes and two fours, was the foundation at the top of the order after George Munsey (4), Craig Wallace (14) and Leask (6), all fell inside the powerplay. 

After Coetzer departed, Berrington and Preston Mommsen (15 not out) put on 66 runs for the fifth wicket to guide the Scots home. 

On a glorious Edinburgh morning Namibia won the toss and elected to bat, were 26 without loss after 3.3 overs, but collapsed to 56/5 during the next seven. 

Main started the rot when he dismissed Gerrie Snyman (3) and Gerhard Erasmus (2) after captain Mommsen switched Evans from the Pavilion End to the Nursery End. 

Mark Watt struck immediately when he clean bowled Stephan Baard for 32 - his first wicket for Scotland. 

As Mommsen increased the pressure, bowling Leask and Watt in combination and getting through their overs quickly, the wickets tumbled. 

Leask trapped Sarel Burger (9) lbw playing across the line and bowled Nicolaas Scholtz first ball off an inside edge. 

A 61-run sixth-wicket partnership between Jaen Kotze and Van Schoor was broken by Evans’ double strike. 

First, Kotze was caught by Main for 21 followed by Van Schoor, who was caught and bowled trying to pull a short ball. 

Safyaan Sharif picked up his only victim when he bowled J.J Smit for four, leaving the Scots 128 for victory - which they achieved with ease thanks to Berrington’s half century. 

“Its’s always nice to start with a win even though it was a warm-up match,” said Berrington. 

“I thought the guys were really good in the first half, our bowlers were excellent and put them under pressure early. 

“We really managed to squeeze them in the middle with the spinners and [I’m] really pleased with the end result.” 

He added: “We have got quite a few attacking players up top [of the innings], so we are looking to be quite positive in the first six. We’ve got guys that can strike the ball cleanly all the way through.

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