MacLeod century leads Scotland to victory

02 Jul

Scotland 317 (49.3 overs), MacLeod 145, Mommsen 45, Malik 10-0-50-6, beat Netherlands 115/7 (22.3/22.3 ov, target 260), Leask 6-1-20-4 by 144 runs (DL) 115/7 [Scorecard]

Scotland entertained the Netherlands in the second One Day match at Titwood in Glasgow on Wednesday (2 July) with the home side looking to bounce-back from the previous day’s defeat.

There were two changes in the Scotland line-up with Gavin Main, earning his first Scotland cap, coming in along with Marc Petrie, replacing Majid Haq and Alasdair Evans.

Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod opened up the Scotland innings, after the Netherlands elected to field first in cloudy and breezy conditions.

The first wicket of the day came with 30 on the board in the 7th over, when Coetzer was well caught by Eric Szwarczynski for 22.

After Hamish Gardiner had edged Ashan Malik behind, Calum MacLeod and Preston Mommsen pushed the Scottish innings on, adding 92 runs. Mommsen will again be disappointed not to reach his half century, falling five runs short of his half century for the second time in two days.

Josh Davey played some elegant strokes, including a gloriously timed straight six, as he contributed 34 to the score.

MacLeod, who had been relatively quiet during the first part of the innings, started to accelerate through the gears, reaching his 50 in style with a six over mid-off.

The shots continued to flow by MacLeod, and he looked at ease as he strode towards a well-deserved 100, with a crunching boundary through the covers. His century came from 99 deliveries and included 10 fours and 2 sixes.

He was eventually dismissed in the penultimate over of the innings for 145, by which time Scotland had amassed 300 against their Dutch opponents.

The innings concluded on 317, as Main was bowled by Bukhari, with three deliveries remaining. Ashan Malik was the pick of the Netherlands bowlers claiming 6/50.

The visitors looked in no mood to hang about during their innings, as Myburgh whacked 20 runs from the fourth over of the innings.

The ball was then thrown to Scotland U19 player, Gavin Main, to get the breakthrough. It didn’t take long for the young seamer to take his first international scalp – his first delivery being a short ball to Myburgh, who looked to pull only and only succeeded in feather the ball through to Petrie to complete the catch.

There were signs that the weather might be closing in with a bit of rain predicted. Michael Leask kept working away with his off spin, collecting four wickets and a run out to extinguish any Dutch hopes of getting close to the target.

Gavin Main (l) with his new cap and centurion Calum MacLeod

Eventually the rain did arrive and forced the players to leave the field of play. A short while later the decision was made to call the match off, giving Scotland a 144 runs win DL.

A hugely improved batting performance pleased new coach Grant Bradburn, “It was pleasing to get the first win under the belt” he said at the conclusion.

“We batted a lot better today and the middle part of our innings was a big improvement on yesterday’s performance, and Callum batted really well.”

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