North West Dragons v Scotland XI

12 Oct

After their experience against the Kolkata Knight Riders yesterday, a Scotland XI continued their tour of South Africa with a match against the North West Dragons. 


It was a two innings match with a maximum of 65 overs per side. Both teams fielded 12 players on a slightly damp, green wicket.  Unsurprisingly, the hosts won the toss and elected to field first.

It was a tough morning  session for the visitors. However, 21 year old Sussex batsmen, Matt Machan (104) produced a watchful innings to score his first century in Scotland colours.

Machan was ably supported by Josh Davey (32), as Scotland were all out for 222 in their first innings.

In reply, The North West Dragons reached 135-4 at the close of day 1. Majid Haq finished with two wickets, while Gordon Goudie and Safyaan Sharif claimed a wicket apiece.

At the end of the day, Pete Steindl said, "Matt showed great temperament and it was an impressive innings. The conditions were tough in the morning, and on a sticky wicket his shot selection and execution was clinical."

Day 2 of the practice match against the North West Dragons started with the hosts 83 runs behind.

The Dragons batsmen reached 300, although this was a fixture that was more about both teams utilising an extended period in the middle than a result.

The Scottish batsmen had time to get their second innings underway, before a large storm blew in to ensure no more play was possible and the match drawn.

Before the rain came, Richard Coughtrie had reached a half century while Ryan Flannigan contributed 47, with the Scotland XI total on 150/2. 

Pete Steindl added after the match had been concluded, "The guys have had four days continuous cricket now, it's been a worth while exercise. We felt it was important for our bowlers to get some overs under their belt and get some time in the middle working on fitness levels.

We've managed to give the whole squad an opportunity in the past few days, we'll have a rest day tomorrow to let the bodies recover before getting back out there."

The Scotland XI will take on the North West Dragons in a limited overs fixture on Sunday.


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