Coetzer Century Fails To Down Otago

22 Oct

Otago 361ao (48.1 overs) Redmond 71, Bracewell 65, Machan 3/51, Leask 3/58, beat Scotland 294ao (43.4 overs) Coetzer 128, Berrington 54, Beard 4/54, by 67 runs. [Scorecard]

Scotland concluded their pre-World Cup tour of New Zealand with a fixture against Otago at Lincoln on Wednesday at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.

The hosts were asked to bat first after Preston Mommsen had won his final toss of the tour.

There were notable contributions from Aaron Redmond (71) and Michael Bracewell (65) at the top of the Otago innings, putting on 138 before both were dismissed by Michael Leask.

The dangerous Jesse Ryder was removed cheaply by Matt Machan, but Iain Roberson and wicket-keeper Derek de Boorder continued the Otago charge, taking the score to 245/4 in the 37th over.

De Boorder made his way to 69, while the team total passed 300 as an imposing score was set by the home side.

Otago were eventually dismissed for 361 after 48.1 overs, with Michael Leask and Matt Machan claimed 3 wickets apiece, but a monumental task was posed to the Scottish batsmen with the asking rate to win was 7.49 runs an over.

It was a valiant effort in reply. Kyle Coetzer continued his rich vein of form with a sparkling century to keep Scotland in the hunt. He was well aided by Richie Berrington, who reached 50, as the duo put on 110 runs for the fourth wicket.

Coetzer continued to plunder runs after he had reached a 100 but, when Mommsen was dismissed for 30, the tail failed to wag, and Scotland were bowled out for 294 in the 44th over, giving Otago the win by 67 runs.

At the conclusion of the match centurion, Kyle Coetzer said, “I have got myself in on a couple of occasions on the tour and haven’t seen it through. The most important thing was to work with the incoming batsman and make sure I kept rotating the strike and put the bad balls away, keeping the risks to a minimum.

I think I’ve maybe tried to go through the gears too early in the other games, but it’s a fine balance, but today I managed to get it right.

As a team we didn’t field too badly, and hung on to a few great catches, but sometimes it’s not your day. Batting-wise we started off positively to keep in the hunt and played some nice cricket shots throughout the innings, but unfortunately came up just short.”

With the tour now finished Coetzer said, “We’re all really looking forward to the World Cup now, the pitches and facilities have been outstanding here and can’t wait to come back.”

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