Scotland defeat PNG to finish seventh
After the disappointment of the previous day’s defeat against Holland, Scotland took on Papa New Guinea in the 7th/8th place play off at Abu Dhabi Oval 1.
PNG got off to a steady start until Neil Carter took a one handed catch from his own bowling to remove Charles Amini for 18, with the score on 33 in the 5th over.
Chris Kent and Tony Ura put on a 30 run stand, but it broken when Matt Machan completed a catch on the boundary from the bowling of Majid Haq to dismiss Ura.
Geraint Jones struck 25 runs from 21 balls as PNG took the score to 119, before Haq claimed his second wicket when the former England wicketkeeper came down the track only to be stumped by Cross behind the stumps.
Most of the PNG batsmen made starts and Jack Vare ensured the PNG innings would finish with a flourish with an unbeaten 35.
Scotland’s innings didn’t start well with Calum MacLeod, Matt Machan and Michael Leask all dismissed in quick succession.
Richie Berrington and Kyle Coetzer managed to pull a run rate back that was creeping up to 10 an over. Berrington reached his half century in style as he hit a six over mid-wicket.
Coetzer was run out after scoring 35 from 33 balls in the 18th over with 16 runs now required from the final over.
Rob Taylor was caught on the boundary by Pipi Raho for six with the game swinging back in PNG’s favour. However, a straight six by Cross, followed by a pull for four, saw Scotland win off the last ball of the match.
The 5 wicket win ensured Scotland would finish the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in seventh place.
Scotland captain Coetzer said, “It was tough picking ourselves up after the events of yesterday, but we did it well. It wasn’t easy and the guys got the job done.
Richie and I knew we had to take the game deep, and we managed to keep on top of the run rate after the cluster of wickets. Credit to Crossy (Matthew Cross) who came in and took us home with 10 runs from two balls.”