Scotland Blown Away By Cowan and Tasmania

29 Sep

Tasmania 303/4 (50 overs) Cowan 100, Doolan 75, Silk 62, Wardlaw 3/31 beat Scotland 117ao (35.4 overs) Coleman 28, Kingston 4/15, Rose 4/26, by 186 runs [Scorecard]

Ed Cowan in his Saltire daysFormer Scottish Saltires batsman Eddie Cowan struck a sparkling century for Tasmania at the Kingston Twin Ovals on Monday as Scotland’s preparations for the 2015 World Cup got underway.

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen won the toss and elected to field first on a sunny but extremely windy day in Hobart.

Iain Wardlaw struck with 25 on the board, clean bowling Beau Webster, as the Scottish seamer hit his straps in the early stages of the innings.

Alex Doolan, who came up against the Scots for Australia A in 2013, got things ticking over for the home side with 75 from 98 balls to give the Tasmania a solid foundation to build on.

Enter Ed Cowan; the 32 year-old left handed batsman, who has played 18 tests for his country, took 106 balls to register his century to take the wind out of the traveling Scots sails.

He was eventually dismissed after a fantastic knock when he clipped the ball to Calum MacLeod at deep square leg.

Meanwhile Jordan Silk was producing an entertaining cameo at the other end, striking 62 from only 39 balls which included 5 fours and 2 sixes, before being clean bowled by Safyaan Sharif.

Mark Hill came in at the end of the innings, scoring 34 from 19 balls, to push the Tasmanian score past 300 to set Scotland a daunting score of 303 from 50 overs. Iain Wardlaw was the pick of the Scottish bowlers finishing with figures of 3/31 from 10 overs.

The Scottish reply stuttered with both openers, Matthew Cross and Calum MacLeod, being dismissed by Van der Gugten with only 16 runs on the board.

Hamish Gardiner and Majid Haq both hit 21, while Freddie Coleman top-scored with 28, but the Scottish batsman struggled to handle the pace of Hamish Kingston and Van der Gugten, and then the spin of Clive Rose, as they were eventually bowled out for 117 in the 36th over.

Scotland will now look to regroup ahead of Thursday's second clash at ANZAC Park, Lindisfarne.

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