Scotland defeat USA in T20 warm-up
USA 133/7 (20 overs) Taylor 55, Wardlaw 4-0-25-3, Haq 4-0-30-2, lost to Scotland 134/3, MacLeod 46, Coetzer 35*, by seven wickets [Scorecard]
Scotland recorded a seven wicket win against the USA at the Global Cricket Academy earlier today in an official warm-up fixture.
Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer won the toss and elected to field first under bright conditions as the USA opened by Akeem Dodson and Steven Taylor.
Neil Carter opened the bowling and struck in his second over of the day as a catch by Matt Machan removed Dodson for 16.
Orlando Baker was the next victim with the score on 37, as Majid Haq trapped his man in front in the 8th over. Srinivasa Santhanam and Elmore Hutchinson both departed with the score in the 70’s as the Scottish bowlers took a firm grip of proceedings.
Steven Taylor was the mainstay of the American innings scoring 55 and elevating the score past 100 with four 4s and three 6s, but Wardlaw enticed an edge to David Murphy behind the stumps to dismiss the batsman in the 16th over.
Some good accurate bowling in the final few overs, which included a further two wickets for Wardlaw, ensured that the USA was restricted to 133.
The Scottish innings was led by openers Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod, and the pair took the score to 31 before Berrington was bowled by Timroy Allan for 10.
Matt Machan stroked his first ball for four but he was beaten by a Danial Ahmed delivery, bowled for 16, in the 13th over.
MacLeod looked composed at the crease and his sparkling 46, which included five 4s, took Scotland to within 40 runs of the USA score in the 14th over, before being bowled by Neil McGarrell.
There was to be no more hiccups for the Scots as Coetzer (35*) and Rob Taylor (11*) guided the team home with seven deliveries remaining to ensure a seven wicket win.
Afterwards Coetzer commented, “It was a solid and professional performance, I was very happy with how we went about things against tricky opposition.
As a unit I thought we bowled exceptionally well and we were unlucky not to keep them to 115 really - if a few things had gone our way and a couple of catches had gone to hand then would have done that.
I thought we batted really well too, the guys adapted very well to tricky new ball conditions and Calum played another great knock, which helped get us home with an over and a bit to spare. Everyone did their jobs today.”
Scotland will now play Namibia tomorrow, before the tournament officially begins against Bermuda on Friday.