Machan, Evans Star in Big Win Over Ireland

10 Feb

Scotland 296/6 (50 overs) Machan 103, Mommsen 56, Berrington 53, beat Ireland 117ao (27 overs) Stirling 37, Evans 5-1-17-4, Haq 4-0-9-3, by 179 runs [Scorecard]

Scotland and Ireland are well versed at playing each other in recent times, but perhaps not in such hot conditions. The two Celtic rivals met at Blacktown ISP in Sydney for their first official warm-up match of the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup.

With each team playing 12, Kyle Coetzer was the captain, with Preston Mommsen only batting after a recovering from a knee injury.

Coetzer won the toss and elected to bat first, as he and Calum MacLeod opened the batting. The captain was back on his way back in the second over after edging a delivery to Ed Joyce, who completed a smart catch at second slip.

Hamish Gardiner became Sorensen’s second wicket when he was trapped in front, after making his way to 12.

A solid partnership of 44 for the third wicket between MacLeod and Preston Mommsen helped to steady things, although a thin edge behind accounted for MacLeod, nine runs short of his half century.

Mommsen looked composed as he registered a half century, but soon fell as he attempted to up the pace and cut over point, only for Stirling to take a leaping catch.

With Scotland now on 182/4 in the 29th over Richie Berrington joined Matt Machan in the middle. Machan, who had already notched up his 50, continued to attack the Irish bowlers.

Berrington, too, applied pressure on the attack, unleashing some lusty blows, which resulted in one lost ball after a slog-sweep sailed out of the ground.

Machan walks off after his centuryAfter bringing up the Scotland 200 with a six, Machan reached his personal milestone with a single through the cover region, as he struck 6 fours and 4 sixes, for a deserved century.

Berrington finished with a half century as Scotland put on over 100 runs from the final 10 overs, finishing on 296/6.

Ireland came out fighting – Porterfield and Stirling put on 57 for the first wicket – but when Alasdair Evans entered the attack, things swung in Scotland’s favour.

The fast bowler ended Stirling’s cameo, after he had scored 37, when Davey held on to a difficult catch in the deep. Evans then accounted for Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien in the 14th over, signalling a top-order collapse.

66/1 suddenly became 77/5 and when Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien and Wilson were quickly dismissed, the Scots were closing in on victory.

Haq swiftly took the two final wickets in the 27th over, to record an emphatic 179 run victory.              

The Scots now prepare themselves to take on the West Indies at the famous SCG on Thursday morning. 

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