Scotland Dominate Final Warm Up Fixture

11 Jan

Coetzer hits outScotland 275/8 (50 overs), MacLeod 71, Machan 48, Cross 39*, beat Namibia 212ao (49.2 overs) Kotze 43*, Rob Taylor 4/41, Goudie 3/42 by 63 runs. [Scorecard]

Scotland produced yet another positive performance during their final warm-up match against Namibia at Christ’s College in Christchurch on Saturday to claim their fifth win of the tour.

After winning the toss Scotland elected to bat first with Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod opening the innings. Captain Coetzer was the first wicket to fall when he was caught by his opposite number Sarel Burger off the bowling of Louis Klazinga for 11.

Calum MacLeod and Matt Machan then put on a second wicket stand worth 79, as the pair took the attack to the Namibians. MacLeod continued his good form with 71, while Machan hit four boundaries and a maximum in his 48.

Scotland’s middle order continued to pile on the runs with contributions coming from Rob Taylor (34) and Michael Leask (32) to take the score past 200.

Matthew Cross then helped Scotland’s innings finish with a flourish, with three sixes from the final over, and along with a cameo from Gordon Goudie (9 runs from 4 balls), to put Scotland firmly in control at the break.

The Namibian innings got off to a stuttering start when Goudie made the early breakthrough, bowling Stephan Bard for 1.

Xander Pichers and Burger then helped Namibia recover with a stand of 42, before MacLeod trapped Pitchers in-front for 20. Burger was soon on his way back to the pavilion too, edging behind a Taylor delivery an over later.

Craig Williams and Nicholas Sholtz were both dismissed in relatively quick succession, as Namibia found themselves in deep trouble on 77/6 in the 24th over.

Gerrie Snyman struck a composed 73 taking the total past 200, and found welcome support from Jaen Kotze (43) and JJ Smit (27), but another all-round performance from Scotland ensured their total was never under threat.

Goudie returned with figures of 3/42 while Taylor was the pick of the Scotland bowlers, finishing with 4/41. Majid Haq produced an economical display with 3/30 as Namibia were dismissed in the final over, 63 runs short.

After the match Interim Joint Head Coach Craig Wright said, “It was another dominant all-round display today. Great intent from MacLeod and Machan was shown in the first 20 overs which got us off to a positive start, even though there was a bit in the wicket. We then capitalised in the final 15 overs with our impact players batting with great freedom and shot selection.

It was a very disciplined performance with the ball, although Snyman and Koetze batted well in staging a seventh wicket recovery for Namibia, our lads held their composure and ran our comfortable winners.”

Ahead of Monday’s match against Hong Kong Wright continued, “We can take a lot of confidence into the tournament from the cricket we have played so far, but we know the real work starts now.”

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