Evans and Mommsen shine but Netherlands win
Netherlands 191/6 (20 overs) , Barresi 75, Borren 57, Evans 5/21, beat Scotland 159 (19.5 overs) Mommsen 68*, Sharif 26 by 32 runs
Scotland suffered a 32-run defeat against the Netherlands in Edinburgh after half centuries from Wesley Barresi and captain Peter Borren helped their team to 191-6, giving the Dutch a 32 run win.
The Netherland’s called heads on a gloomy morning and decided to bat on a day-three pitch, which was a little slow.
Scotland struggled to get into the game, and were eventually bowled out for 159 in front of a decent home support. There were personal bests for Carlton duo captain Preston Mommsen (68 not out) and Man of the Match Alasdair Evans 5-24.
Mommsen’s first International T20 half century came off 35 balls, including five fours and three sixes. The Dutch bowler’s ability to take wickets at regular intervals coupled with a steady-climbing run-rate, did for Scotland.
“Huge credit to Alasdair Evans for the way he bowled today, said Mommsen.
“I thought he was outstanding - it was an impressive performance.”
Evans took a national best with a sublime display of bowling, using the slower ball with good effect. While his team-mates struggled to hit their lengths, he clean bowled three of his scalps with full, straight deliveries.
In only his fifth T20I the Carlton player had earned himself the 13th best figures (and fourth best for an Associate) in the games shortest format.
Barresi (75 from 40 balls) and Captain Peter Borren (57 off 28) dispatched the Scots’ bowlers to all corners of the Grange.
Evans got an early breakthrough when Stephan Myburgh chopped on trying to cut a ball that cramped him for space after making 6 runs.
Scotland’s fielding was below par and they paid for it when Barresi was dropped twice, on 29 and 30; George Munsey spilled a tough chance diving forward to his left on the boundary, taking into account the wet ball and outfield.
Two balls later Michael Leask dropped a simple chance, as the Scots wondered what might have been might’ve been as Barresi started to find the boundary with regular occurrence.
By the time the Carlton bowler claimed the wicket of the dangerous Barresi, the Dutch were away. The opener had put on 82 runs with Ben Cooper (12), 71 runs coming from the wicketkeeper from a 50 ball second wicket partnership.
Three balls later, Evans had his third when Cooper edged a bowl that moved across him to Matt Cross. Mark Watt had Michael Swart caught at short mid-wicket by the skipper and the home team had reduced the Netherlands from 98-1 to 107-4.
However, Van der Merwe (24) and Borren’s 70-run partnership off 38 balls took the game away from the Scots.
Both fell to Evans, who had the South African’s middle stump uprooted and when Josh Davey caught the Dutch captain, the 26-year-old had claimed his five-for, but the damage was done.
Scotland got off to the worst possible start when in form Munsey was run out at the non-strikers end by Timm van der Gugten for a duck, after Kyle Coetzer drove a full delivery.
Cameos from Safyaan Sharif (26) in an 80-run partnership with Mommsen and 22 from Cross, the Saltires never threatened to get the 192 needed for victory.
“Ultimately, it’s our fielding that’s let us down today and you can’t afford to drop catches, said Mommsen.
“We bowled alright in the first powerplay and it would’ve been our powerplay had we held onto our catches and their innings might’ve been different.”
The turning point?: “That one over from Josh Davey, where we had three missed opportunities and that cost us the game.
“Credit to the Dutch; they had very clear plans for our spinners and they knew what to do and executed it well, especially against Michael [Leask].”