MacLeod helps Scotland defeat UAE
Scotland 265/6 (28 overs) MacLeod 113, Cross 88, Naveed 3/44 beat UAE 212ao (26.5 overs) Khan 88, Wardlaw 3/36, MacLeod 3/37, by 53 runs [Scorecard]
Calum MacLeod was Scotland’s hero in Queenstown on Sunday as his performance with bat and ball helped Scotland defeat the UAE in a rain affected encounter.
Heavy showers earlier in the morning had meant the match was reduced to 28 overs each. Scotland captain Preston Mommsen won the toss and elected to bat first.
Matthew Cross joined Calum MacLeod at the top of the order as pair got their side off to a flyer. Cross struck 10 fours and 3 sixes from only 60 deliveries in an opening stand worth 178, before he was bowled by Rohan Mustafa for 88.
MacLeod was now well-set and continued to attack the bowling as he reached a blistering century during an innings that included 12 fours and 4 sixes. His contribution was worth 113, coming from only 62 balls, to give Scotland the perfect start.
Rob Taylor, Richie Berrington and Safyaan Sharif all reached double figures as Scotland looked to pile on the runs towards the end of the innings, to eventually set UAE a target of 265.
The excellent batting performance meant the UAE required 9.46 an over if they were going to win the contest, and quickly found themselves reduced to 36/2 as Iain Wardlaw claimed the wickets of Salman Faris and Amjad Ali.
Saiman Anwar and captain Kurram Khan then added a quick-fire 74 to give the UAE hope, before Majid Haq broke the partnership when Anwar was caught by Berrington for 36.
MacLeod was then given the ball, and followed up his fine performance with the bat to claim three quick wickets, including the dangerous Khan for 88, to put Scotland in the driving seat. Swapnil Patil did plunder 41 runs from 35 balls, but the Scots held their nerve to claim a vital victory.
The UAE were eventually dismissed in 27th over 53 runs short of the target as Scotland firmly got their qualifying aspirations back on track.
After the game Scotland’s Man of the Match Calum MacLeod said,” Today was a fantastic win. The intent shown by Crossy up front helped me get into a rhythm and we were able to play our natural games and set up a big total, which the bowlers and fielders did a good job of defending.”
Interim joint head coach Craig Wright also added, “We knew today was an important match and we are delighted that the batsmen, MacLeod and Cross in particular, were able to impose themselves on the opposition in such a positive fashion.
We held our composure well in the field even when the UAE put us under some pressure with the partnership between Anwar and Khan”
Scotland will now play Canada on January 23rd at the Hagley Oval before the Super Sixes stage of the competition.
“The challenge now is to keep stringing good performances together” concluded Wright.