Rain delays Scotland's promising start

15 Sep

Scotland and the Netherlands, who jointly lead the points table with two wins from as many matches in the first round of the ICC World Cricket League Championship, locked horns on Monday (September 14) in the first match of the second round, but their encounter was curtailed in a rain-hit Amstelveen.

With the Netherlands beating Scotland by 44 runs in a nail-biting ICC Intercontinental Cup match earlier this week, the contest promised to be an enthralling one, but rain meant only 23.3 overs were possible in the day, pushing the remainder of the match into the reserve day.

As per the rules of the tournament, the two sides will resume play on Tuesday at the VRA Cricket Ground from where they left it, provided there are no more hiccups due to the weather.

Choosing to field after a delayed start, Scotland looked determined to avenge its recent loss, sending Stephan Myburgh (4) back to the hut off just the fourth ball of the match, and following it up with three more wickets by the tenth over with just 21 runs on the board.

Josh Davey, the right-arm medium pacer, was the wrecker-in-chief, striking in the first, third and ninth overs, accounting for the wicket of Michael Rippon (9) and Ben Cooper (4) after castling Myburgh.

Four balls after Rippon's dismissal, Peter Borren, the captain, edged Alasdair Evans's first ball of the tenth over to Calum McLeod at third slip. Wesley Barresi nicked one to Matthew Cross behind the stumps off the bowling of Richie Berrington two overs later, to reduce the home side to 35 for 5 in 12.1 overs.

It was then upto Roelof van der Merwe (23 not out), who recently moved from South Africa to play for the Netherlands side, and Peter Seelaar (22 not out) to consolidate, and the duo put together an unbeaten sixth-wicket stand of 39 to take their side to 74 for 5 in 23.3 overs before rain intervened once again, forcing the umpires to take the players off the field.

It is still quite early in the tournament with as many as five rounds remaining, but with the ultimate opportunity of featuring in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 up for grabs, there is a lot at stake for the associate nations fighting for the crown.

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