Scotland Put St George To The Sword
St George DCC 198/9 (50 overs) May 41, Walsh 28, Leask 2/14, Berrington 2/31, Taylor 2/38 lost to Scotland 204/2 (32.5 overs) MacLeod 129*, Coleman 39*, Coetzer 26, by 8 wickets [Scorecard]
Scotland arrived at the Hurstville Oval in Sydney to be greeted by overcast skies with rain on the horizon.
It wasn’t long after the teams arrived that a heavy shower soaked the ground to delay the start by an hour.
Preston Mommsen picked up a knock to the knee and was rested as a precautionary measure, so Kyle Coetzer took the reins for their tussle with St George DCC.
Coetzer won the toss, which was tossed by former Australian Test captain Brian Booth, and took little time in deciding to bat first.
Scotland made the early breakthrough when Rob Taylor took the edge of MacDougal for Cross to grab with 25 runs on the board.
The players were forced off the field once again as a brisk shower passed through. When play resumed the Scots snared four quick scalps, including Captain Ashton May who had impressed on his way to 41, to leave St George in trouble on 94/5.
Scotland’s fielding was excellent, typified by two direct hit run-outs, and with Matthew Cross holding onto 5 catches behind the stumps the visitors turned up the heat on their opponents.
Cook (20) and Walsh (28) showed some good resistance towards the end of the innings, but Scotland seemed relatively pleased to restrict St George to 198/9 after 50 overs.
Taylor, Richie Berrington and Michael Leask claimed two wickets apiece, while Alasdair Evans picked up one.
Calum MacLeod and Kyle Coetzer got the Scotland reply under way, with Coetzer slapping the first ball of the innings wide of the man at mid-wicket to the boundary.
The two batsman both imposed themselves on the home side to put on 60 for the first wicket. Coetzer departed for a run a ball 26 when he lost his off stump to Walsh.
Hamish Gardiner scored 2, before feathering a delivery, from the same bowler, behind for ‘keeper Seymour to complete the catch.
MacLeod then took control of the game with a mixture of brutal and beautiful striking of the cricket ball to dismantle the home attack.
With the ball flying to all parts of the ground from MacLeod’s blade, Freddie Coleman just went about his business playing an impressive supporting role.
MacLeod was not to be denied a fantastic century, as he struck 12 fours and 4 sixes, to bring up three figures after 29 overs, much to the delight of his Scottish team-mates.
It was fitting that he Scotland should pass the required total with a big six from MacLeod’s bat over long-on to seal a convincing 8 wicket win, with Coleman unbeaten on 39*.
The squad will now face old foes, Ireland, at Blacktown ISP on Tuesday and the West Indies on Thursday in the two official warm up matches.