Scotland U19s finish World Cup with a win
Scotland 178ao (43.4 overs) Baum 36, English 34, Delport 10-1-38-2, beat Namibia 173ao (45.1 overs) Julius 32, Wessells 29, Farrar 6-1-33-3, Sabri 7.1-0-38-3, Brown 4-1-33-3 by 5 runs [Scorecard]
Scotland and Namibia contested the 13th place play- off in the final match of their ICC U19 World Cup journey at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday.
Ross McLean won his final toss of the tournament and elected to bat first, as Abdul Sabri was asked to open the innings with Andrew Umeed.
It was a shaky start for the young Scots as neither opening batsman lasted long. Things got worse when Mclean was clean bowled by Bredell Wesells in the 14th over, with the score was showing 33/3.
Michael English and Zander Muir added 46 runs in a fifth wicket partnership, taking the score to 99, before both were dismissed within 3.5 overs of each other to leave Scotland in trouble at 114/6.
A quick-fire 36 from 33 deliveries by Alex Baum ensured that the bowlers had something to defend, but again the Scottish youngsters failed to use up their remaining overs, as they were finally bowled out in the 44th over for 178.
Gavin Main struck in the second over of the Namibian reply to remove Zane Green, before Ryan Brown's opening over produced a wicket-maiden, as he removed Malan Kruger in the 10th over with the score on 39/2.
Nick Farrar ensured Scotland kept the pressure on by taking three crucial middle order wickets to reduce Namibia to 130/6. Abdul Sabri claimed the eighth and ninth Namibian wickets, before Bredell Wessells took the game down to the wire with a spirited innings.
Both teams fought right to the end with Namibia still requiring 36 runs, while Scotland searched for the final wicket.
The wicket did eventually come in the 46th over when Sabri had Wessells caught by McLean for 29, as Namibia found themselves within touching distance of the Scotland total to conclude an exiting match.
U19 Coach Craig Wright said after the game, “We are pleased to finish with a victory, although our overall performance was not up to scratch in a few areas, and we had targeted a higher final placing in the competition.
The competition as a whole has been a challenging experience for the players, but it will have been an extremely valuable one for those who have the drive, desire and character to improve themselves with a view of going on and playing at senior level.”
Scotland’s involvement in this year’s ICC Under 19 World Cup now comes to an end, finishing the tournament in 13th place.