Munsey powers Scotland to second warm-up win
Scotland recorded an emphatic 69-run (D/L Method) win over Jersey in Edinburgh ahead of Thursday’s World T20 Qualifier against the United Arab Emirates.
Scotland set an imposing 199 for five in their 20 overs, however, after a 24-minute rain delay a revised total saw Jersey requiring 163 runs from 15 overs, but they never threatened.
Safyaan Sharif (3-14) and Michael Leask (3-10) were outstanding with the ball for the home team as the islanders ended on 93 for nine.
Earlier, George Munsey struck 75 from 44 balls, laying the foundation for Scotland’s win.
Scotland made two changes from Monday’s team that beat Namibia. In came Calum MacLeod and Matthew Cross for Alasdair Evans and Craig Wallace.
After the sunshine in Stockbridge came the gloom at Goldenacre. Peter Gough won the toss and asked Scotland to bat, although, it was clear that this was a batting day.
Munsey continued his rich vein of domestic form with an innings of sublime skill and exquisite shot making, which included nine fours and three sixes.
His reverse-sweeping in Rhys Palmer’s first over, evidence of his ingenuity.
“It’s something that we’ve been working on,” said the Grange opening batsman, when asked about the shot.
“It helps because I play hockey, so its quite a natural shot for me to pull out when required.”
Kyle Coetzer’s scored 17 from 8 balls to set the tone. The Saltires then raced to 69 for one inside the powerplay, with Munsey and Calum MacLeod putting on 54 runs for the second wicket.
The carnage continued after MacLeod (15) departed, with Munsey and Matthew Cross’ 41-run third wicket stand entertaining the crowd.
The 22-year-old reached his half century with a lofted cover drive to the fence. He was eventually out lbw playing across a full delivery, but the damage was done.
Cross (21) and Richie Berrington (17) fell in quick succession, but Preston Mommsen (29 not out) and Josh Davey’s (11 not out) 38-run sixth-wicket partnership from16 balls, finished the innings in style.
Jersey’s innings was at sea and never got going. Sharif’s first spell accounted for the wickets of openers Ed Farley (7) and skipper Gough (9) in consecutive deliveries, His third when he dismissed Corey Bisson for nine.
Leask’s triple blow in his first two overs effectively ended the contest. First he bowled Cornelis Bodenstein (22), had Ben Stevens (7) stumped, before bowling Anthony Kay for 11.
The 24-year-old couldn’t be kept out of the game, taking two identical catches on the long-on boundary from Richie Berrington’s bowling as Jersey slumped to inevitable defeat.
All the Scots’ batsmen reached double figures and scored at a strike-rate of above 100 in an impressive display of power-hitting - which saw Munsey and the skipper lose two balls each and the team rack up nine sixes and 17 fours.
Reflecting on his and the team’s attacking batting Munsey said: “We’ve got a really good base that we’re working from and I just want to go out there and enjoy it as much as I can.
“We have a really good team atmosphere and we’re trying to play positive cricket. We really enjoy the way we go about things and [we will] carry on from there.”