Scotland lose final CWC encounter

14 Mar
Scotland 130 (25.4 ov) Machan 40, Davey 26, Stark 4/14, lost to Australia 133/3 (15.2 ov) Clarke 47, Taylor 1/29 by 7 wickets [Scorecard]

Scotland returned to the Bellerive Oval to play their final group game of the 2015 Cricket World Cup with a fixture against co-hosts Australia.

After Preston Mommsen lost his fifth toss of the tour, opposition captain Michael Clarke opted to bowl first.

The Scottish batsmen were given a torrid time of it against the Australian quick bowlers early on. Kyle Coetzer was the first to depart, edging Mitchell Starc to Steve Smith in the slips for 0.

MacLeod looked in good touch finding the fence regularly against Pat Cummins, but then, searching for another boundary, cut the ball straight to David Warner at point.  

Wickets then tumbled. Mommsen looked to pull a short delivery from Shane Watson to give Stark an easy catch. Freddie Coleman edged to slip. Riche Berrington was caught in the covers - all for a combined score of 1- and Scotland were in trouble.

Machan was going well despite the carnage taking place around him. He waited for the bad ball and had compiled 40 before looking to flick the ball into the leg-side, only to find the hands of James Faulkner.

Mathew Cross and Rob Taylor both fell in the same manner – edging behind to Brad Haddin from the bowling of Pat Cummins, leaving Scotland on 95/8 21 overs into their innings.

Josh Davey and Michael Leask combined to take the score past 100. Leask entertained the home crowd with some crunching strokes through the covers. Davey, too, looked comfortable at the crease, making his way to 26.  

Rain interrupted play and halted any momentum that the Scots were beginning to find, with Davey being clean bowled second ball after play resumed.

Wardlaw only lasted two balls, leaving Leask stranded at the other end on 23*. Starc claimed figures of 4/14 from only 4.4 overs, to bowl Scotland out for 130.

Aaron Finch and Clarke went about the Australian chase, but after reaching 30 Finch was caught by Coleman in the covers for 20.

Watson  found the rope on four occasions until an attempted scoop from Davey’s bowling went wrong and Cross took a simple catch. Four runs later Clarke departed thanks to a brilliant catch by Leask on the boundary.

Rain intervened once more, before the job was comprehensively completed in just 12 more balls by Australia,  with Warner and Faulkner taking them home to complete a 7 wicket win.  

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