Scotland finish tour with T20 win over Netherlands

05 Feb

Scotland 140/5 (20 overs) Machan 43*,  Berrington 42, Swart 1/15 beat Netherlands 103 (18.2 overs) Cooper 32, Watt 5/27 by 37 runs. [Scorecard]

Scotland concluded their tour of Dubai with a win against the Netherlands at the ICC Academy on Friday to occupy 10th spot in the ICC T20 Rankings table. 

Kyle Coeter and Calum MacLeod opened up the batting for the Scots after captain Peter Borren had won the toss and elected to bowl first. 

Coetzer opened the boundary count at the end of the first over with a pull to the fence. Three quick wickets halted any early momentum, with Scotland on 53/3 in the 10th over. 

Richie Berrington then joined Matt Machan to put on the highest partnership of the match, worth 64 runs, for the fourth wicket. 

Berrington struck 42 from only 22 deliveries while Machan made 43 before being run out from the final ball of the innings, as Scotland set 140/5 from their 20 overs. 

The Netherlands lost the dangerous Stephan Myburgh from the first ball of the innings after Machan took a catch at mid-wicket from the bowling of Ali Evans. 

Cooper looked dangerous at the crease with a swift 32 but was clean bowled by Michael Leask as Scotland took control of the match. 

Mark Watt then produced the 5th best T20I figures by an Associate player with a fine display of spin bowling.  Wesley Barresi was the left-armers first victim with a sharp catch of his own bowling. 

Peter Borren, Max O’Dowd, Michael Rippon and Paul van Meekeren all then fell to Watt before Sharif finished the match, trapping Kingma LBW, leaving the Netherlands 37 runs short in the 19th over. 

At the conclusion of the match Mark Watt said, “I’m ecstatic about about the win today, and finishing this tour on a high. For me personally it was great to take career best figures which I’m hoping will give me a boost if I can get myself in the squad to India. 

On the team’s performance Watt said, “The batters did a great job to give us a defendable total, with Berrington and Machan batting superbly. I thought we bowled really well in the power play, especially Ali Evans."

Scotland now return home before heading out to a WT20 training camp in Pune on February 22. 

Image courtesy of Netherlands Twitter feed

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