Scotland Push West Indies All The Way
West Indies 313/8 (50 overs) Ramdin 88, Simmons 55, Evans 3/63, beat Scotland 310/9 (50 overs) Coetzer 96, Berrington 66, Cross 39, by 3 runs [Scorecard]
Scotland entertained the West Indies at the magnificent Sydney Cricket Ground in a thriller of a warm up match on Thursday.
Preston Mommsen returned to the helm for the Scots ahead of their opening fixture against New Zealand on Tuesday and was asked to bowl first.
Seamer Iain Wardlaw started the innings strongly with a maiden, before following it up with the big wicket of Chris Gale, after the towering batsman feathered an away-swinging delivery behind to Matthew Cross.
Things got even better for the Scots when Dwyane Smith (45) and Marlon Samuals (0) were both dismissed with the score in the 50s.
A partnership worth 75 between Dinesh Ramdin and Dwyane Bravo helped steady the West Indies innings, as the pair took full advantage of any wayward bowling.
With Mommsen opting to switch his bowlers around, Majid Haq broke the stand when returned for a second spell, claiming the wicket of Dwayne Bravo thanks to a leaping catch by Richie Berrington in the covers.
Simmons contributed 55 well-made runs, until Evans stuck the batsman’s pads to claim his second wicket of the innings, LBW. The tall bowler soon had his third wicket of the day when Ramdin smacked a full toss straight to a diving Coetzer at square leg, with the score on 252/5.
The platform that had been set by the West Indies top-order batsmen allowed the likes of Darren Sammy (36) and Andre Russell (24) to free their arms towards the end of the innings.
The pair only took 25 deliveries to register their 50 partnership, with one blow by Sammy ending up on the old SCG Pavilion roof.
Two run outs in the final over by did stem the runs slightly, as the West Indies innings concluded on 313/9.
Calum MacLeod and Kyle Coetzer began Scotland's reply in a positive fashion with the runs flowing freely from the bat.
MacLeod departed first, with 75 runs on the board, when he was adjudged LBW shuffling across his stumps in the 15th over.
Coetzer made the most of a spilled chance by Sammy in the slips as he looked to exploit the good batting conditions, with some elegant shots around the ground, registering his half century from 70 balls.
He was eventually to fall four runs short of a deserved hundred as he looked to find the boundary. For a moment it looked as if his shot was going to go the distance, straight down the ground, however, Russell made good distance to come across and take the catch.
Machan couldn’t replicate his heroics from Tuesday, he fell after connecting well with a reverse-sweep which was caught by a terrific diving catch by Cottrell.
As the required run-rate creeped up towards 8.5 things looked to be going the way if the Windies, yet Berrington and Cross had other ideas.
Their 6th wicket partnership yielded 86 runs in just 8.5 overs to swing the game back in the Scots favour.
Cross fell with 14 runs needed from 13 deliveries, before Berrington followed a few balls later, run out looking for a single.
Wickets tumbled as Scotland looked to find the boundary to get them over the line, but in the end the West Indies held their nerve to stave off a valiant effort, giving the men from the Caribbean the win by 3 runs.