Scotland Beat PNG in First Warm Up Match
Warm Up match 1: PNG 171ao (47.2 overs) Dai 43, Amini 35, Sharif 4/24, Taylor 4/26 lost to Scotland 174/3 (27.1 overs) MacLeod 57, Machan 67, by 7 wickets [Scorecard]
Scotland claimed a seven wicket win over Papa New Guinea in their first official warm up match in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.
After winning the toss and electing to field first the Scotland bowlers made inroads into the PNG top order, reducing to 14/3 after the initial seven overs.
Rob Taylor propelled Scotland into a commanding position with his early spell which resulted in four wickets for the Leicestershire all-rounder.
Seamer Safyaan Sharif also claimed four wickets, which included the dangerous Tony Ura and Geraint Jones, as PNG found themselves in trouble on 64/7 in the 18th over.
Mahuru Dai top scored for the Barras with 43 to help lead a recovery of sorts, and along with Charles Amini (35*), ensured PNG would reach 171 before being bowled out in the 48th over.
In reply Scotland lost their captain Kyle Coetzer for 17 from 27 deliveries when he was caught by Jack Vare from the bowing of Raymond Haoda with 59 runs on the board.
Scotland never really looked in any real trouble though as Calum MacLeod (57) and Matt Machan (67) both stoked half centuries, taking Scotland to within 11 runs of victory.
The job was completed by Freddie Coleman (6*) and Preston Mommsen (19*) as they reached the target in the 29th over, giving Scotland a seven wicket win.
After the match coach Craig Wright was happy with the performance, “It was a very good win and a pretty dominant performance. The seamers bowled well up –front with the new ball and we had them in a bit of trouble at 60-odd for 7. We weren’t quite as ruthless as we would have liked with a few extras, but to bowl them out for 170 was a good effort on a decent wicket. The batting was extremely dominant and positive as we chased the score down in pretty quick time.”
Scotland will now take on Namibia on Saturday in their final warm up match before taking on Hong Kong on Monday.