Scotland gear up for final WT20 fixture
The group stage of the World Twenty20 2016 is coming to a close with the final set of fixtures concluding this weekend. Unfortunately the second phase of the tournament will take place without Scotland’s involvement.
But before they go, there is still the matter of the team’s final match against Hong Kong at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium. Preston Mommsen has picked himself up and is ready for another opportunity on the world stage for him and his team to show that they belong.
“There’s still a lot to look forward to - the shackles are off - and we can express ourselves,” the skipper said.
“It’s disappointing that we go into the game with nothing to play for. We came here with big goals but it wasn’t to be.
“But it’s another opportunity to play a good, strong, competitive T20 international at a good venue. We don’t get these opportunities too often and are looking forward to it.”
Scotland came mighty close to winning in both there previous matches against Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Those two defeats in Nagpur however, has not doused the fire in the belly nor the competitiveness, which burns bright and flows hot through the players’ veins.
They are excited about playing another game in-front of the cameras and to a world-wide audience. They mean enjoy the moment and savour the grandeur.
“It’s important that we’ve been to a global event, although it is only a qualifier event, but that we’ve had this experience for this group of players,” he added.
“It is only our second experience at a World Cup, but it’s been positive. We are not exposed to this enough and it is a good opportunity to soak in [the atmosphere] and absorb the pressure of playing in front of different crowds and different conditions.”
Mommsen really wants to leave India with something tangible to show for the Scots’ efforts - reward for all the hard work that preceded the trip to the sub-continent.
He Said: “I think it is very important to come back [home] with a win and to break the shackles.”
“That would be a monkey off our back…and in terms of Scottish pride, getting [a win] on the board. We will be taking the game very seriously and playing to win.”
The match will be Assistant Coach Craig Wright's final game involved with the national team after a long association with Scottish cricket, there is no doubt the players will also want to send him out on a high.