Scotland make it 2 from 2 against UAE
A gloriously bright and sunny day welcomed the players as they arrived at the Grange for the second World Cricket League Championship match between Scotland and the UAE.
UAE captain Amjad Javed won the toss and elected to bat first with Scotland making one change from Sunday’s fixture, Chris Sole in for Josh Davey.
Scotland claimed early scalps with Laxman Sreekumar driving a Safyaan Sharif delivery into the hands of Berrington, who was making his 50th ODI appearance, at point.
Sole soon claimed his first international wicket shortly after coming on when Mustafa gloved a catch behind, leaving the visitors on 58/2 after 9 overs.
Shaiman Anwar again batted with purpose top scoring for the UAE with 63 until he picked out Sharif in the deep off Sole’s bowling.
Mohammad Usman also helped with 43 from 48 deliveries, while Rameez Shazhad added 33, before losing 5 wickets for 41 runs.
Sharif was the pick of the Scotland bowlers with 3/25 while debutant Chris Sole collected 3/51, as the home side were set 228 to win from their 50 overs.
Things hadn’t got off to the greatest of starts as Wallace got a top edge and was caught at the third-man boundary and Coetzer departed for 25 as he was caught at mid-wicket, to leave Scotland on 43/2 in the 9th over.
That was about as good as it got for the UAE as Calum MacLeod and Preston Mommsen, following on from his previous century on Sunday, to pile on the runs.
Both batsmen didn’t ever look in any trouble as they reached their respective fifties in assured fashion.
MacLeod plundered runs at any opportunity, including two expertly timed pick-up shots over mid-wicket - which both disappeared for maximums - while Mommsen’s calmness allowed the Durham man to bat around him.
MacLeod would reach his first ODI hundred for almost two years with a single into the on-side, much to the delight of the supporters and team-mates watching on in the splendid Autumnal sun. His innings comprised of 6 fours and 3 sixes from 122 deliveries.
Mommsen finished unbeaten on 80* and Richie Berrington 15* to ease Scotland to a 7 wicket win with 14 balls remaining.
At the conclusion of the game Calum MacLeod said “It’s been two excellent games, a think we’ve started what we set out to do and stamp a mark on associate cricket. I think the fielding has been the impressive thing and has been one of the differences between the two teams – Richie’s catch was world class, along with Saffy’s and Kyle’s on the boundary are the sorts of moments that change games.”
On his own contribution MacLeod added, “It’s nice when you get in to put you hand up and get the score, Preston’s done it twice in two games. I think we’ve had more in the tank on both occasions.
I’ve scored enough runs to feel confident and then knowing other guys around you are hungry enough to go and get those hundreds, so the chance to get it yourself is nice, because it’s not always you.”
The win now puts Scotland a point behind the Netherlands with both playing the same number of fixtures.