Coleman helps Scotland defeat Nepal

16 Jan

Coleman, Wardlaw star in big Scotland win - Cricket NewsScotland 249/7 (50 overs), Coleman 64*, MacLeod 46, Sharif 25*, beat Nepal 159ao (46.1 overs) Malla 34, Wardlaw 3/32, Taylor 2/27 by 90 runs. [Scorecard]

ICC Match Highlights

A damp Queenstown Events Centre welcomed Scotland and Nepal ahead of their second ICC World Cup Qualifying fixture.

After both teams lost their opening fixtures, there was plenty at stake as the teams entered the field an hour and fifteen minutes after the scheduled start.

Nepal won the toss and elected to field first, as captain Kyle Coezer and Calum MacLeod opened the innings for the Scots.

Coetzer was the first Scotland wicket to fall in the 10th over when he was caught for 14 with the score on 48.

Calum MacLeod was unlucky to be in dismissed four runs short of his half century after being well-held by Binod Bhandari from the bowling of Basant Regmi.

Preston Mommsen (35) and Matt Machan (37) helped to move the score past 100, but both were dismissed before they could kick on.

Scotland was then given a little scare as Rob Taylor, Richie Berrington and Matthew Cross all fell for a combined 17 runs, with the score showing 190/7 with five overs remaining.

However, a steady 64* by Freddie Coleman, together with 25* from 17 balls by Safyaan Sharif, helped Scotland reach 249/7 from their 50 overs.

The Scotland camp would have been pleased to see Coleman's showing of maturity, hitting four boundaries and a maximum, as he accelerated through the gears as the innings came towards a conclusion.

In reply Nepal got off to a stuttering start as Sagar Pun, Anil Mandal and Shakti Gauchan all went cheaply as Scotland seized control of the match.

Scotland claimed wickets at regular intervals to ensure they always had the Nepalese innings in check. Gyanendra Malla stroked 34 before he was caught by Mommsen from the bowling of Safyaan Sharif.

Iain Wardlaw and Rob Taylor both claimed three wickets, while Majid Haq snared two, to halt Nepal’s hopes of getting anywhere close to the Scotland total, eventually being bowled out for 159 in the 45th over.

After the match Scotland Captain Kyle Coetzer said, “Good solid performance today but there are still areas we know we can still improve.

Our disciplines with the ball were very good and our efforts in the field were much closer to where we expect them to be. “

Scotland will now play the unbeaten UAE on Sunday at the same venue.

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