Coetzer scores 219 against Leicestershire

13 Jun

From Cricket Scotland

Kyle CoetzerScotland cricket captain Kyle Coetzer stroked his way into the archives of Scottish cricket history on 11th June 2013. 

The 29 year old batsmen made 219 runs for his county side Northamptonshire in the Liverpool and Victoria County Championship at Grace Road.

In the four-day match against Leicestershire Coetzer batted his way to the highest ever first-class score by a Scot.

In an innings spread across two days he faced 402 balls in 503 minutes, striking 36x4s and a solitary 6, as the Aberdonian demonstrated why he is one of the finest Scottish batsmen to have been produced in recent times.

He also passed his previous highest individual innings total of 179 - for Durham in Abu Dhabi back in 2010.

The former Stoneywood-Dyce player has already gained a wealth of experience during his cricketing career, having captained the Scotland U19s to the 2003/2004 ICC World Cup in Bangladesh.

Coetzer has had a significant spell at Durham, where he played a key role in their 2007 Friends Provident final victory at Lords, scoring 61. 

The prolific top-order batsmen then moved to Northants where he has secured a contract until the end of 2014. 

He recently participated in the Bangladesh Premier League for the Chittagong Kings, and has represented the ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI with Scotland’s leading One Day International wicket-taker, Majid Haq. 

His maiden ODI century for Scotland came against Afghanistan in March before being appointed Scotland captain last month. 

Scotland and Leicestershire all-rounder Rob Taylor had a better view than most, as he tried in vain to remove the resilient batsman and described the innings on Twitter as a ‘serious knock’.

He will return to international cricket action in his native north when Scotland take on Kenya in several T20 and World Cup Qualifying fixtures along with an Intercontinental Cup tie at the end of the month. 

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