Coetzer and Mommsen set up Scots victory over UAE

14 Aug

Scotland 327/5 (50.0 ov) Coetzer 127, Mommsen 111* beat United Arab Emirates 229 (43.3 ov) Evans 4/41, by 98 runs. [Scorecard]

Scotland entertained the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Grange on Sunday 14th August in the World Cricket League Championship. 

Visiting captain Naveed Javed won the toss and elected to bowl first in overcast but dry conditions in the capital. 

Kyle Coetzer and Craig Wallace came out and attacked with intent. Coetzer produced the early fireworks, crashing two deliveries to the boundary in the first over of the match. 

The Aberdonian took 17 runs from the 9th over to take him to 50 from just 37 deliveries. Wallace was the first man to go when he clipped a catch to Amjad Javed for 16. 

Calum MacLeod came in at number 3 and found two boundaries before offering a return catch to Ahmed Raza for 20, as the visitors took the pace off the ball to try and stem the flow of runs. 

Mommsen came to the crease to join Coetzer, who was still attacking at any opportunity. He did receive a reprieve when top edging a sweep but the chance went down, and he made the visitors pay.

It was fitting that Coetzer would bring up three figures with a beautiful cover-drive to the boundary – a shot that he used so effectively throughout his innings – to secure his third ODI hundred, the first on Scottish soil. 

He would eventually fall for 127, caught at long-on with the score on 221, but his captain Mommsen would take up the mantle in spearheading Scotland’s charge. 

Mommsen would reach his half-century from 61 deliveries before picking up the pace towards the end of the innings. Contributions from Michael Leask (10) and Richie Berrington (27) helped Mommsen reach a well-made 100. 

Mommsen would finish the innings with some eloquent shots, finishing unbeaten on 111, while Scotland concluded on 327/5. 

The innings of Berrington, Coetzer and Mommsen saw them all pass 1,000 ODI runs - a feat only two other Scottish players, Neil McCallum and Gavin Hamilton, have achived previously. 

The UAE reply started in frenetic fashion with Rohan Mustafa and Laxman Sreekumar coming out all guns blazing before both fell within 9 runs of each other with the score of 79. 

Mohammad Shahzad blasted 28 runs, but when he was run out by de Lange Scotland took hold of the game.

Muhammad Usman hit some lusty blows on his way to 34, along with a spirited 32 from 19 balls before he became the third of four wickets for Ali Evans. 

Michael Leask sealed the game when Saqlain Haider skied a catch to de Lange who took his third catch of the game, to give Scotland the win by 98 runs.

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