Coetzer's Record Breaking Innings in Vain
Scotland passed the halfway mark in their 2015 Cricket World Cup campaign with a fixture against Bangladesh in Nelson.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to bowl first under bright skies with over 3,000 fanatic supporters packing into the ground.
Calum MacLeod and Hamish Gardiner had both been dismissed with 38 runs on the board, and the Scotland support might have been forgiven for feeling slightly jittery that another collapse was imminent.
They needn’t have worried, as Matt Machan and Kyle Coetzer combined to get things back on track. The two added 78 to the score, before Machan got a leading edge back to Sabbir Rahman, which was gratefully received by the bowler.
Coetzer then pushed on with captain Preston Mommsen. Coetzer soon reached his 50, courtesy of a miss-field on the third man boundary.
The Aberdeen-born batsman continued to glide through the gears to attack the Bangladesh bowlers, sending the ball to all parts of the ground.
Mommsen played a canny hand with Coetzer, as the pair ran well between the wickets and quickly notched up a 50 run partnership in 45 deliveries.
Records were set to tumble as Coetzer achieved Scotland's all-time individual score in World Cups in the 32nd over. Passing Gavin Hamilton's effort of 76 back in the 1999 event.
The 30 year-old was then to break another record, when he picked up a delivery from Rubel Hossain over long-off for a maximum, to become the first Scotsman to score a century at a World Cup.
Mommsen departed the scene as he too looked to up the rate - caught on the boundary after making 39, with the score on 257 and 7.2 overs remaining.
Coetzer’s innings was eventually brought to a halt on 159 when he was caught by Soumya Sarkar from Nasir Hossain’s bowling, and was greeted by rapturous applause as he left the field.
Brief cameos by Richie Berrington (26) and Matthew Cross (20) added quick runs at the end of the innings, with Scotland eventually finishing on 318 from their allotted 50 overs.
In reply, Josh Davey claimed the wicket of Sarkar when he edged a catch to Cross down the leg-side to give Scotland a positive start.
That was as good as it was to get for a while for the Scots as Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah took control of proceedings, scoring 139 runs in 21.4 overs.
Mahmudullah was dismissed in a strange fashion, as he deflected a full delivery from Wardlaw back on to his stumps, after making a run-a-ball 62.
The bowlers struggled to hit their lengths, with the Bangladesh batsmen taking a particular liking to any short pitched deliveries.
Iqbal looked to be closing in on his 100, but he was denied his century after being trapped LBW by Davey.
Raheem played a steady hand, before looking to go big, only to be caught by MacLeod at long-off for 60 to give Scotland a sniff.
Bangladesh ensured there would be no more dramas as they steered their side home with an experienced innings. – Al Hassan finishing on 52*, and Rahan 42* to finishing things off.
Man of the Match, Kyle Coetzer, said : Not the way we would have liked to end the game. We just weren't able to create enough pressure in the end. We would have taken that score at the start of the day, but we just didn't create the pressure in the second innings.
There were a couple of runout chances, but they did bat well in the end. It is nice to get a few runs, but at the end of the day it is the end result, so it is disappointing. I thought 330 would have been good, but I felt the batsmen at the other end were also scoring, so I felt I didn't have to do anything rash. It is a tough loss to take. The guys will be a bit distraught as we worked so hard and feel we do deserve that one win in the tournament.