Scotland finish Nepal series with a ruthless performance
Scotland went in to the reserve day of their second ICC World Cricket League Championship clash with Nepal looking to finish the job quickly and bank another win in the two match series.
With the overnight rain cleared from the covers and the mix of early morning sunshine and a strong breeze across New Cambusdoon play started on time at 10.45am with 95 more runs required in the 20.2 overs left over from Friday and 10 wickets in hand.
The first full over of the day saw Coetzer dismissed after the score had moved to 20. The opener trying to set the tone for a quick chase was beaten by a delivery from Kami to be bowled for 7. The in-form Matthew Cross joined George Munsey at the crease and it was the Munsey who immediately showed the way dismissing a free hit over the scorebox for a maximum before following up in the same over with a one bounce four.
Cross was also soon up and running in the boundary count as the following over Karn overstepped to offer up a chance for Cross to rock back and pull authoritatively to the boundary. The wicket keeper, who regulary impressed through the WT20 Qualifiers, looked immediately in good touch with another superbly timed straight drive for four before a huge hit off the bowling from Kami cleared the rope and the continued out of the ground for six, as Scotland moved past 50 in the 7th over.
With the powerplay taken and spin in the form of Regmi introduced to the attack Munsey chose not to take on the three boundary riders on the legside as he immediately unfurled the reverse sweep to the spinners first ball with a remarkable shot that went all the way. The following couple of overs saw the Nepalese spinners begin to regain some level of control although it wasn’t long before Scotland took back the initiative to push towards a second victory of the week.
Cross followed up a boundary over the ringed off side field with another chip for two over extra cover to bring up his half century off just 36 balls an over before Munsey completed a thoroughly professional and ruthless display as he clipped the winning boundary off his legs to seal a nine wicket win. Munsey finished 40*, with Vice Captain Cross 51*.
On leading his side to two ICC WCLC victories Scotland Captain Preston Mommsen said “Yes, very happy and very satisfied to come away with four points, which is obviously what we wanted to do at the start. There was some challenges with the weather on the way but we got through it and credit to the ground staff here for getting us on”
Mommsen was also full of praise for all the players that had taken part in this series and the throughout the ICC WT20 Qualifiers in July “As skipper for the past 5 weeks I was very delighted with the way things have gone, there was a little hiccup in Edinburgh with the Dutch and Afghani games, but I think we responded very well and showed the skill that we have as a batting unit in particular which is very pleasing and very promising for the next few months ahead”.
Cricket Scotland would like to thank everyone involved at Ayr Cricket Club for hosting both matches this week.