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Scotland 277/8 (50 overs) Coetzer 66, Mommsen 65, Coleman 39, McKay 3/57, beat Wellington 186ao (46.2 overs) Woodcock 57, Davey 2/38, Sharif 2/36, Haq 2/43 [Scorecard]

Scotland travelled to Lincoln to face Wellington in the penultimate game of their ICC HPP Tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Preston Mommsen won the toss and elected for bat first at the same venue as they defeated the UAE to win the World Cup Qualification event back in February.

Kyle Coetzer, who has now made three half centuries in four games on the tour, struck a composed 66 as he and Mommsen (65) put on 88 runs after Hamish Gardiner and Matt Machan were dismissed early on in the innings.

The foundations were now laid for the remaining batmen a licence to build a big total. Richie Berrington and Freddie Coleman then forged a quick 47 run partnership, before Craig Wallace (32) and Josh Davey (23) finished the innings with a flourish.

Scotland posted 277/8 from their allotted innings and would have been happy with the temperament of their 50 overs to post a challenging target.

In the Wellington reply Safyaan Sharif clean bowled former Ayr professional and New Zealand Internationalist, Michael Papps, for 2 as Scotland tightened the screw.

Luke Woodcock and Henry Walsh established a 54 run partnership, but when Haq had Walsh caught by Coleman, the Wellington charged stuttered, and lost four wickets for 25 runs.

Goudie held on to a caught and bowled chance to send top scorer Woodcock back to the pavilion for 57. McKay was the final wicket to fall as he edged a Davey delivery to Wallace behind the stumps, Scotland had secured a convincing 91 run win.

Reflecting on the game Mommsen said, “It was a good win today, on the back of a few good performances from us recently. We haven’t quite been able to get over the line in the last couple of matches, so to get the win today was pretty important for us.

Personally it’s always nice to contribute, and all round it was a good team performance, particularly the way we finished the batting innings.

The bowlers did a brilliant job taking wickets early on which made it very difficult for them to stay in the chase. The fielding was also impressive – probably the best of the tour so far- and I’m very happy with the way it went.”

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