Scotland claim easy win over PNG

21 Nov

Scotland 181/5 (20 overs) MacLeod 58, Berrington 43, Machan 44, beat Papa New Guinea 97/9 (20 overs) Vare 22, Taylor 3-0-16-3, Goudie 3-0-15-3, by 84 runs [Scorecard] 

Scotland completed a comfortable win against Papa New Guinea on Thursday, after a solid performance with both bat and ball allowed the Scots to dominate the match.

PNG won the toss and elected to field first. The start of the match was delayed by a thunder storm that swept across the UAE during the morning. Eventually the players were able to take to the field at 11am with no overs lost.

There were a number of changes made to the line-up after the previous loss to Kenya, with Michael Leask coming in for Iain Wardlaw while Matthew Cross came in for David Murphy.

Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod got Scotland off to a good start by putting on an opening century stand, before MacLeod was bowled by leg-spinner Charles Amini for 58.

Berrington was unlucky not to reach his half century as he offered John Reva a simple catch in the covers and was dismissed for 43.

Matt Machan kept the scoreboard ticking along nicely - his 44 coming from 25 balls, and included two fours and two big sixes before he edged behind in the final over. Michael Leask was offered his second opportunity of the tournament and showed his striking ability, hitting 12 runs from 7 balls.

Coetzer took 11 runs from 10 balls as Scotland posted 181/5 from their 20 overs.

Two tight opening overs from Neil Carter and Matt Machan immediately put PNG on the back-foot, which resulted in Tony Ura giving Kyle Coetzer a catch at mid-off from the bowling of Safyaan Sharif.

Assad Vala was following Ura back to the pavilion after being brilliantly run out, thanks to a direct hit, from the diving Richie Berrington and PNG were 13/2 in the 5th over.

Rob Taylor then came on, and his burst of bowling brought the wickets of Geriant Jones, Chris Kent and Charles Amini, which included two smart catches standing up for wicket keeper Cross, and suddenly PNG were 26/5 at the end of the 9th over.

Gordon Goudie continued his impressive run of form with the ball to claim three middle-order batsmen, as PNG eventually reached 97/9 at the end of their innings - giving Scotland the win by 84 runs.

Taylor picked up man of the matchAfter the match Scotland captain Coetzer said “It was a solid performance to get us off on a roll and we’re looking forward to taking on Holland tomorrow.

Berrington, MacLeod and Machan all did their job up front with the bat to get us to a decent total. The bowlers then did an outstanding job, probably our best performance in the field of the tournament so far.

Every time we play Holland there is always a big rivalry, and we’ll get going in to it looking for plenty of intensity under the knowledge that we need to get a win.”

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