Scotland defeated by New Zealand in Plate match

04 Feb

Scotland 181-9, 50 overs (Owais Shah 32, Jack Waller 24; Ross ter Braak 3-34, Nathan Smith 2-37)
New Zealand 185-3, 27 overs (Glenn Phillips 89, Josh Finnie 30 not out, Finn Allen 31 not out; Haris Aslam 2-37) by 7 wickets [Scorecard] 

New Zealand put aside the disappointment of not qualifying for the Super League of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup by making a winning start in the Plate Championship which decides the 9-16 positions.

New Zealand bounced back from its defeats to India and Nepal in Group D to brush aside Scotland by seven wickets in Cox's Bazar on Thursday.

Scotland was restricted to 181 for nine after electing to bat with left-arm seamer Ross ter Braak claiming three for 34. Owais Shah top-scored for the Scots with 32.

New Zealand made short work of the target as Glenn Phillips smashed 89 in an opening stand of 98 with Daniel Stanley from just 11.4 overs. The 40-ball blitz from Phillips contained 11 boundaries and six sixes.

Skipper Josh Finnie, who remained unbeaten on 30 as New Zealand won in 27 overs, said it was a good start for his team in the Plate championship.

“It's nice to get off to a good start,” he said, “We bowled pretty well and picked up wickets at the right time.

“Then Glenn smashed a quick-fire 89 chasing a small target, which was a good way to go about it. Hopefully, we will continue the same way and get through to the final.”

Scotland captain Neil Flack conceded New Zealand played better and deserved to win, but his team too could take some positives from the game.

“We showed we can bat 50 overs against a good side,” he said. “We need to keep developing and make sure we finish the tournament on a high.”

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