Scotland fight back to set up final day

10 Sep
Taylor cuts during his innings @Peter Della Penna/ESPNcricinfo
Day 3: Netherlands 210 & 123  Scotland 133 & 52/3 (21.0 ov) [Scorecard]

Scotland showed spirit to come back from 35/6 on day 3 of the Intercontinental Cup match against Holland in Voorburg on Thursday.

Rob Taylor and Matthew Cross headed to the crease at the start of play with their side 175 runs behind the Netherlands.

Cross’ defences allowed Taylor to take the opportunity to go onto the attack where possible. Van de Merwe did eventually remove Cross LBW after a resilient 63 ball 17.

Taylor made his way to 46 before he was bowled by Kingma, and although Safyaan Sharif struck 32 runs at the end, the home side collected first innings points when Rippon dismissed Sharif leg before, with Scotland all out for 133, 77 runs behind.

 The Scots then produced an impressive display with the ball to put pressure back onto their hosts. When the Netherlands lost Myburgh in the 34th over of the second innings the Netherlands were teetering on 109/7.

Rippon top scored with 37, but Josh Davey claimed 3/43, coupled with a terrific eight over spell of bowling by Sharif, removing Barresi and the final wicket of Kingma, the Dutch had a lead of 200.

Berrington sweeps towards the end of the day  @Peter Della Penna/ESPNcricinfo

In a low scoring, but intriguing encounter the home bowlers took the early wickets of Coetzer, Gardiner and Machan to leave Scotland on 18/3 in the 13th over.

Mommsen (18*) and Berrington (16*) then joined forces to play positively to see their team to the conclusion of Day 3 - and have the opportunity of pulling off a victory on the final day – with 149 runs required with 7 wickets remaining. 

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