Scotland U19s bounce back against Netherlands

16 Jul

Scotland U19 158 all out (41.3 overs) Jack Waller 62, Ryan Brown 32; Rens Van Troost 4-19 Netherlands U19 152 all out (49.3 overs) Asad Zulfiqar 37 not out, Roeland Verhagen 15; Haris Aslam 3-25 by six runs

Scotland under-19’s bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to Ireland in Pepsi ICC Europe Division One with a hard fought - and dramatic - victory over the Netherlands on Wednesday. 

The Scots had defeated the Netherlands on the opening day of the tournament on Saturday in Jersey and went into their second meeting with two wins out of three matches in the four team tournament. 

Batting first, Scotland lost Syed Shah at the end of the first over for just two and in the fifth over skipper Neil Flack followed him back to the pavilion. 

At that stage the Scots were on 17-2 before opener Jack Waller and Ben Wilkinson put on 25 for the third wicket.

Wilkinson made just three of those runs and fell with the score on 42, the Glenrothes man the third wicket to fall to the same bowler - Rens van Troost. 

When Harris Carnegie fell just four runs later Scotland were in a spot of trouble at 46-4 before the unflappable Waller and Scott Cameron shared a 65-run partnership. 

By the time Cameron was out in the 27th over for 19 the score was 111, however Arbroath man Waller fell for a well made 62 from 83 balls just one run later. 

Lower down the order Heriot’s Ryan Brown batted well for 32 from 41 balls and he was given support by Mitchell Rao with 13 as they finished on  158 all out in the 42nd over. 

Van Troost finished with 4-19 and caused the Scots trouble throughout his 10 overs. 

Scotland knew they had to be sharp in the field to defend such a total and things started well when Haris Aslam worked well to run out one of the Netherlands openers in the fourth over. 

Cameron, who has been in good form all week, then picked up two wickets and Tom Hilton, playing his first match in the tournament, took one to reduce the opposition to 46-4 as they approached the end of the 10th over.  

By the 25th over they were 98-6 - Aslam taking two wickets with his spin - and then Rao and Brown both got in the act to leave the Dutch in real bother on 100-8, still needing another 59 for victory. 

Asad Zulfiqar was digging in for the Netherlands, but when Aslam got wicket nine in the 36th over they still needed 44 to win. 

Last man Davi van Slobbe did his best to stick around with Zulfiqar and they made it up to 151-9 with one over to go and everything in the balance. 

Brown was the man tasked with bowling the last over for Scotland and he held his nerve brilliantly, taking the final wicket thanks to a stumping by Carnegie as the Netherlands were all out for 152 and the Scots got home by six runs.

Scotland head coach Gordon Drummond said:  “Fair play to the guys, they kept their nerve when they had to and pulled off a good win. 

“With the bat a lot of the guys are in-form, but are not quite managing to go on and get the big scores, but Jack Waller batted well in this game. 

“In the field the guys did well and they did not panic, even when the game reached the last over, and that pleased me.”

Batsman Waller said:  “I was pleased to score some runs and help the team, but I know I should have gone on and scored some more. 

“Still, we managed to get ourselves up to a decent total and then the guys bowled and fielded really well. 

Scotland under-19’s bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to Ireland in Pepsi ICC Europe Division One with a hard fought - and dramatic - victory over the Netherlands on Wednesday. 

The Scots had defeated the Netherlands on the opening day of the tournament on Saturday in Jersey and went into their second meeting with two wins out of three matches in the four team tournament. 

Batting first, Scotland lost Syed Shah at the end of the first over for just two and in the fifth over skipper Neil Flack followed him back to the pavilion. 

At that stage the Scots were on 17-2 before opener Jack Waller and Ben Wilkinson put on 25 for the third wicket. 

Wilkinson made just three of those runs and fell with the score on 42, the Glenrothes man the third wicket to fall to the same bowler - Rens van Troost. 

When Harris Carnegie fell just four runs later Scotland were in a spot of trouble at 46-4 before the unflappable Waller and Scott Cameron shared a 65-run partnership. 

By the time Cameron was out in the 27th over for 19 the score was 111, however Arbroath man Waller fell for a well made 62 from 83 balls just one run later. 

Lower down the order Heriot’s Ryan Brown batted well for 32 from 41 balls and he was given support by Mitchell Rao with 13 as they finished on  158 all out in the 42nd over.

Van Troost finished with 4-19 and caused the Scots trouble throughout his 10 overs. 

Scotland knew they had to be sharp in the field to defend such a total and things started well when Haris Aslam worked well to run out one of the Netherlands openers in the fourth over.

Cameron, who has been in good form all week, then picked up two wickets and Tom Hilton, playing his first match in the tournament, took one to reduce the opposition to 46-4 as they approached the end of the 10th over.

By the 25th over they were 98-6 - Aslam taking two wickets with his spin - and then Rao and Brown both got in the act to leave the Dutch in real bother on 100-8, still needing another 59 for victory.

Asad Zulfiqar was digging in for the Netherlands, but when Aslam got wicket nine in the 36th over they still needed 44 to win. 

Last man Davi van Slobbe did his best to stick around with Zulfiqar and they made it up to 151-9 with one over to go and everything in the balance.

Brown was the man tasked with bowling the last over for Scotland and he held his nerve brilliantly, taking the final wicket thanks to a stumping by Carnegie as the Netherlands were all out for 152 and the Scots got home by six runs. 

Scotland head coach Gordon Drummond said:  “Fair play to the guys, they kept their nerve when they had to and pulled off a good win. 

“With the bat a lot of the guys are in-form, but are not quite managing to go on and get the big scores, but Jack Waller batted well in this game. 

“In the field the guys did well and they did not panic, even when the game reached the last over, and that pleased me.”

Batsman Waller said:  “I was pleased to score some runs and help the team, but I know I should have gone on and scored some more. 

“Still, we managed to get ourselves up to a decent total and then the guys bowled and fielded really well. 

“Nobody panicked as the Netherlands got closer to our total and the win shows the team spirit that we have - we are looking forward to our last two matches now and we will continue to be positive.” 

Next up for the young Scots is hosts Jersey at Les Quennevais on Friday. 

“Nobody panicked as the Netherlands got closer to our total and the win shows the team spirit that we have - we are looking forward to our last two matches now and we will continue to be positive.”

Next up for the young Scots is hosts Jersey at Les Quennevais on Friday.

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