Bradburn Proud of Scotland Performance
Scotland Head Coach Grant Bradburn was full of praise for the performance from his side after a New Zealand XI edged to a thrilling one run win over his side at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval last night.
The game saw Bradburn’s side take on a New Zealand XI featuring a virtually full strength side full of international experience in what was the sternest test for Scotland so far on the ICC HPP funded tour to Australia and NZ.
Talking shortly after the game Bradburn highlighted what he viewed as some of the key successes in the match, “Today's performance was built upon an outstanding bowling effort which saw our bowling unit put in the best performance of the season. We captured important key wickets throughout the mid innings which always required the opposition to rebuild from. As a bowling unit the team are working hard on consistency of quality deliveries, so it is really heartening to see the boys continuing to improve in this area.”
Along with his praise for the bowlers Bradburn, who himself was capped 18 times by New Zealand, was keen to pinpoint the success of the Scotland batsman who almost pulled off a memorable victory, “Our innings was built on some outstanding batsmanship from Matt Machan, Hamish Gardiner and Freddie Coleman. While all are the batsmen are disappointment not to bring the game home for the team they will all take a lot of heart and confidence knowing our side is well equipped to handle the demands of an attack which contained today some highly experienced and well performed internationals”
“Our side now know they have the skills and capabilities to compete and put themselves into winning positions against top quality opposition. The performance today will give our team massive confidence going into the ICC Cricket World Cup knowing that on our day we have the skills to beat top sides like New Zealand. The opposition required some luck and pieces of brilliance in the field to get over the line today.”
Remaining Scotland HPP tour matches:
17 October – Scotland v Canterbury
20 October – Scotland v Wellington
22 October – Scotland v Otago