Scotland Fall Short in Christchurch

23 Feb

England 308/8 (50 overs) Ali 128, Bell 54, Davey 4/68 beat Scotland 184ao (42.2 overs) Coetzer 71, Finn 3/26 by 119 runs [Scorecard] 

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen won the toss at an overcast Hagley Oval and elected to bowl first against the England in Christchurch.

Moeen Ali and Ian Bell made batting look easy for the first 30 overs of the game, giving England a solid foundation to push on.

Ali was the more aggressive of the two as he took 14 runs from fourth over, with the final ball going for a maximum with a well-timed drive over mid-on.

Bell reached his half century, shortly after Ali had brought up his three figures with a big six over mid-wicket.

Scotland managed to break the imposing partnership when Bell looked to drive Berrington, but found the hands of Coetzer at short extra-cover.

Ali continued to score freely until the introduction of Majid Haq, who was to become Scotland’s all- time leading wicket-taker, when Freddie Colman held on in the deep.

Balance didn’t last long when he chopped the ball onto his stumps from a delivery from Alasdair Evans.

Scotland showed similar fight as they had done previously against the Blackcaps, with Davey dismissing Joe Root. A smart bit of wicket-keeping from Matthew Cross removed James Taylor for 17, stumped from a wide delivery by Davey.

Buttler clobbered four boundaries to make 24 before being caught by Davey at long-off. Davey suddenly found himself with a hat-trick delivery, after dismissing Morgan and Woakes, both to well-taken high catches by Mommsen, but Broad negotiated it with a leg-bye.

The innings concluded with England on 308/8, and Scotland headed into the break knowing the target was not out of their reach.

In reply, Calum MacLeod, who was celebrating his 100th Scottish cap, was caught behind giving James Anderson the charge for 4.

The Scots were soon up against it as Coleman and Matt Machan both dismissed after scoring 7 and 4 respectively, with the score on 54/3.

Mommsen joined Coetzer, who was going well at the other end, in the middle in an attempt to re-build the innings.

Coetzer reached his 50 with a single, as he pushed the ball off the back foot to long on. The pair brought up the Scotland 100 but Mommsen, after collecting a number of boundaries, fell slog-sweeping to a catch by Broad from the bowling of Ali for 26.

The wicket of Coetzer came 8 runs later when he picked out Woakes at long-on for a fine 71. Cross did compile 23, while Haq made 15, but it wasn’t to be as England wrapped up a comfortable 119 run win. 

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen said, "We won the toss and we we would have liked a few more early wickets. We pulled them back nicely but didn't get going in the chase, we didn't quite hit our areas but credit to our bowlers for bouncing back in the death. We thought we were in with a shot and needed a partnership upfront but didn't get one that we needed. Joshy did great work at the death and Kyle batted beautifully there. NZ game was a tough first World Cup match for a lot of boys. Today some learnings for us and hopefully we'll be better when we come up against Afghanistan. This is a huge step up from county to international - more pressure, huge crowds, there's more at stake."

The Scots will now travel down to Dunedin to face Afghanistan on Thursday at the University Oval.

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