Scotland Record 10 Run Victory Over Tasmania

02 Oct

Scotland 244/8 (50 overs), Cross 64*, Gardiner 46, Berrington 30, beat Tasmania 234ao (49.5 overs) Silk 79, Evans 3/35, Leask 3/50 by 10 runs [Scorecard]

Scotland met Tasmania on the  banks of the Derwent River on Thursday for their second match of their pre- World Cup Tour  looking to bounce back from a defeat on Monday.

Scotland made three changes from their previous game with Kyle Coetzer, Rob Taylor Josh Davey coming into the side, after the hosts won the toss and elected to field first at Anzac Park, Hobart. 

Both openers went early on with Coetzer and Calum MacLeod being dismissed with 20 runs on  the board.

Preston Mommsen and Hamish Gardiner then put on 39 in the first of several useful partnerships for the Scots, before the captain, Mommsen, was caught and bowled by Kingston for 25. 

Gardiner was then joined by Richie Berrington to take the score past 100. Gardiner was unfortunate not to make his half century when a moment of hesitation saw him short of his ground after compiling 46. 

Berrington followed 3 overs later, pulling a short ball to Alex Doolan at mid-wicket, after making 30, to leave Scotland on 121/5 after 33 overs. 

Matthew Cross then strode to the crease looking to take the attack to the hosts, sending van der Gugten to the boundary twice in the 41st over. 

Rob Taylor looked to play positively taking 16 runs from the 46th over, before Cross took advantage of a dropped catch opportunity to smash 15 from the 48th over to pass the 200 mark. 

Jordan Silk took an easy catch at deep mid-wicket to halt the 50 run partnership between the Scottish batsman. Cross continued to find the boundary with ease, reaching his half century with a pulled maximum into the car park in the penultimate over of the innings. 

Cross struck the next delivery for another 6, while Leask hit two boundaries in the final over to ensure Scotland would finish on 244/8, with Cross unbeaten on 64*. 

Scotland got off to a flying start with the ball, capturing the big wickets of Webster (3) and Cowan (8), before a 43 run partnership between Alex Doolan and M Hill steadied the Tasmanian ship.

Evans then struck twice to remove both batsman for 26, with the fast bowler taking an excellent return catch to account for Hill.

A century partnership between Silk and Willis looked to be taking the match away from the visitors. Silk looked in inspired form, hitting 79 from 94 balls. 

The game was then in the balance once again as Willis was run out, shortly followed by Rose (20) who was clean bowled by Evans. 

Davey claimed the big wicket of Silk when MacLeod took a confortable catch at mid-on to put Scotland in the driving seat, with the hosts needed 28 from 18 balls. 

Michael Leask held his nerve to finish the job, despite a late attack by van der Gugten, to take the final three Tasmanian wickets, as Scotland completed an excellent win by 10 runs.

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