Scotland Defeated By Canterbury
Scotland 270/7 (50 overs) Coetzer 83, Mommsen 55, Ellis 4/47, lost to Canterbury 274/6 (47 overs) Broom 68, Fletcher 73*, Davey 2/43 by 4 wickets (with 18 balls remaining) [Scorecard]
On Thursday Scotland made their way to the Hagley Oval in Christchurch looking to bounce back from a narrow 1 run defeat to a New Zealand XI earlier in the week.
Preston Mommsen won the toss and elected to bat first on a firm wicket on a bright and sunny day.
Openers Hamish Gardiner (24*) Calum MacLeod(20) put on 49 runs for the first wicket before both becoming victims of former NZ seam bowler, Andrew Ellis.
Matt Machan, also reached the twenties before being dismissed with the score showing 87/3 in the 20th over.
Mommsen and Coetzer effectivley went about their business, putting on the highest partnership of the match. Mommsen reached his 50 in 66 deliveries, until Ellis returned to clean bowl the captain.
Coetzer continued to play positively after he had reached his half century, taking 16 runs from the bowling of former Aberdeenshire professional, Tod Astle, in the 46th over. Coezer looked well set to reach three figures, but eventually fell 17 runs short after being dismissed by van Beek.
Scottish wickets continued to fall as the innings came to a conclusion, although all the batsmen that came to the crease reached double figures, as they finished on 270/7 from their 50 overs.
Canterbury’s Neil Broom produced a fine innings of 68 after the home team had been reduced to 67/3, with Michael Leask running out former internationalist Peter Fulton for 8.
Scotland were right back in the game when Broom was caught by MacLeod from the bowling of Josh Davey, and Ellis was dismissed without scoring.
However, it was an unbeaten partnership of 69 by Astle and wicket-keeper Fletcher that would prove to get Canterbury over the line with 18 balls remaining.
The tourists now have two games remaining against Wellington (20 Oct) and Otago (22 Oct) before returning home.