Rain halts Scotland v Namibia

26 Jan

Matt Machan in action (ICC/Getty)Scotland 279/9 (50 overs) Machan 78, Berrington 51, Mommsen 46,B Sholtz 3/55 Namibia 59/2 (12.1 overs) Taylor 2/35 - Rain 

Scotland and Namibia played their first game in the World Cup Qualifying Super Six stage at the Bert Sucliffe Oval, Lincoln on Sunday (26 January).

After winning the toss Scotland captain Preston Mommsen elected to bat first. Calum MacLeod and Matthew Cross opened up for Scotland, but MacLeod was back in the pavilion in the sixth over with the score on 26/1.  

Cross and Matt Machan then put on a 46 run partnership to get the Scotland innings back on track. Cross hit 27 before he edged a delivery from Christi Vijoen through to wicket-keeper Jaen Kotze.

Machan and Mommsen both looked in good touch taking the Scotland score past 150. Machan struck 9 fours and a six in his innings, contributing 78 runs from 61 deliveries.

Mommsen was unlucky not to reach his half-century after being stumped by Kotze four runs short of the milestone, with the score on 176/4 after 31.3 overs.

Freddie Coleman and Richie Berrington kept the scoreboard moving along, taking the Scotland total past 200 with some elegant strokes. Unfortunately for Scotland, just as the partnership looked promising, Coleman was bowled by Bernard Sholtz for 32.

Only Safyaan Sharif (13*) was able to stick with Berrington as Rob Taylor, Michael Leask, Majid Haq and Iain Wardlaw all departed for single figures as the Scotland innings came towards a conclusion.

Berrington was rewarded with his 50, coming from 48 balls, as the Scots posted 279/9 from their 50 overs.

A rain interruption at the interval meant the Namibians had to wait to get their innings underway. When play did eventually resume, Rob Taylor led the Scotland charge with the early wickets of Louis van der Westhuizen and captain Sarel Burger.

However the rain did return after 12.1 overs into the second innigns with the score on 59/2 to end the days play.

The teams will return tomorrow (Monday) to conclude the match with the scores being carried over from today where Namibia will require 221 runs from 37.5 overs with 8 wickets remaining. 

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