Record-breaking Scotland defeat Canada
Scotland 341/9 (50 overs) MacLeod 175, Machan 68, Coleman 40, Chauhan 5/68 beat Canada 171ao (39.2 overs) Tariq 71, Sharif 2/23, Wardlaw 2/30 by 171 runs [Scorecard]
Another century by Calum MacLeod helped Scotland reach the Super Sixes stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Christchurch with a huge win against Canada at the Hagley Oval on Thursday.
Canada won the toss and elected to field first knowing they would need to bowl Scotland out and knock off the runs in quick time to reach the next stage of the competition.
Canada made an early breakthrough by dismissing Cross for 4 in the 5th over. Matt Machan and Calum MacLeod then dispelled any Scottish worries with a fine stand of 144.
Machan stroked 68 runs from 70 deliveries before he was caught by Baidwan off the bowling of Kumar, but MacLeod continued to plunder the runs from the other end.
MacLeod, who scored a century against the UAE earlier in the week, repeated the feat – this time he reached three figures from 96 balls to move the score to 189/3 in the 32nd over.
Freddie Coleman partnered MacLeod as they moved the score along at pace. MacLeod reached 150 from only 127 balls as he continued to hit the ball to all parts of the ground.
The pair took the score past 300 going into the final few overs, before Coleman was caught by Gunasekera ten runs short of his half century.
MacLeod’s destructive innings came to an end after the batsman had struck 175 from only 141 balls, which included 14 fours and 5 sixes. The record-breaking innings meant that MacLeod had made the highest ODI score by a Scottish batsman.
Canada’s Khurram Chauhan did claim five wickets, however Scotland would eventually end their innings on a huge 341 to achieve their highest ever One Day International score - beating their previous total of 323 in the win against Ireland in 2011.
The Canadian reply didn’t start well as they lost their top five batsmen for only 65 after 14.5 overs. Hamza Tariq did get set, making 71, but Scotland continued to take wickets with wicket-keeper Matthew Cross kept busy behind the stumps.
The Nottinghamshire glove-man claimed a remarkable six catches and two run-outs, as Safyaan Sharif, Iain Wardlaw and Rob Taylor claimed two wickets apiece to bowl Canada out for 171 in the 40th over, 170 runs short of the Scotland total.
“It was a really comprehensive performance today with some outstanding individual performances.” said Scotland’s interim joint head coach Craig Wright after the game.
Calum’s innings was absolutely top-drawer, and he is showing a great hunger for runs and consistency with his performance. We realise as a team that consistency is key.
We will enjoy this result but won’t get carried away as there is still a long way to go before we achieve our objective.”
With Kyle Coetzer missing due to a recurrence of his wrist injury he suffered last year, stand-in Captain Preston Mommsen said, “Part one of our objectives has now been achieved with qualification to the Super Sixes, and the squad is in a very good place.
There have been some awesome individual performances, none more so than Calum’s innings today. It was an incredible knock and ultimately it set up the game of us, helping us achieve our highest ever ODI score.
The attitude amongst the squad has been brilliant throughout the trip, and the boys are buzzing for the next round of the competition.”