Scotland beat Nepal by 3 runs

29 Jul

A wet area on the outfield delayed proceedings in Ayr for Scotland and Nepal opening World Cricket League encounter, but play did eventually get underway at 2pm.

The Scotland innings got off to a flying start as George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer found boundaries with relative ease, putting on 47 runs for the first wicket inside 7 overs, after being asked to bat.

Coetzer was in fine touch as he found notable success through the cover region, before looking to drive and getting a thin edge to the ‘keeper, just nine runs short of his half-century.

Captain Preston Mommsen (73) was the pick of the Scottish batsmen, who was ably supported by Con de Lange, who himself registered his maiden international 50 as Scotland set Nepal 235 to chase from 36 overs.   

The pair put on 113 for the 6th wicket, which came in just 12.5 overs, after a bit of a wobble as Nepal claimed three quick wickets reducing Scotland to 95/4.

Once the pair had adjusted to the pace of the wicket, they started to accelerate quickly. Mommsen sent two consecutive deliveries over mid-wicket for maximums in the 22nd over and de Lange found the boundary on three occasions in the 30th.

Nepal’s reply started with caution, although they ensured they had plenty of wickets in-hand as they went about their chase.

Anil Mandal didn’t look too perturbed by the situation after both Chhetri and Malla had been removed.  

He was joined by Paras Khadka (70), as the pair lifted their side’s chances of a win with a sparkling partnership of 139 from 16.4 overs.

Mandal reached his 100 in the middle of the action action-packed few overs before Berrington took a blinding diving catch in the deep.

The visitors got themselves into a position where they required 25 runs from 12 balls, but Scotland held their nerve to get over the line, despite a six and a four from the final few balls, as the home side got over the line by 3 runs. 

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