Scotland record second win over PNG in U19 World Cup

24 Feb

Scotland 209 all out (48.3 overs) M English 72, McLean 41, Pokana 10-1-27-3, beat PNG 132 all out (43.3 overs) Hekure 26, Watt 10-2-26-3, Gosain 10-2-22-2, McLean 93-0-31-3 by 77 runs. [Scorecard] 

Scotland entertained Papa New Guinea in their penultimate U19 World Cup match in Abu Dhabi on Monday to help decide both team’s final rankings.

The Scots won the toss and opted to bat first but lost both openers, Chris Sole and Andrew Umeed, with the score on 20.

Captain Ross Mclean and Michael English then produced the best partnership of the match, worth 101 runs. McLean was unfortunate not to reach his half century, falling 9 runs short, before he was bowled by Nosaina Pokana.

English continued to battle away, but the batsmen at the other end struggled to hang around, with only William Edwards (19) and Gavin Main (12) making any other notable score.

English was eventually run out for a crucial 72, from 123 deliveries and 4 fours as Scotland posted 209 before being bowled out in the 49th over.

In reply Kiplin Doringa offered a catch to Andrew Umeed in the 6th over, which he duly took, to claim the first Scottish wicket of the innings.

Riley Hekure’s score of 26 looked like it would be the highest score of the PNG innings as the Scottish spinners took control with Chayank Gosain and Mark Watt sharing five wickets.

However, Scotland were made to work for the final few wickets but patience proved fruitful as McLean’s double blow to remove  Vagi Morea and Allan Joseph to give Scotland the win by 77 runs. 

Scotland captain Ross McLean said after the game, "Today was a better performance. We fought hard for runs on a tricky surface to compile a defendable total.

We took early wickets and then the spinners turned the screw. We are hoping for more of the same against Namibia on Wendsday."

Scotland will now have one more fixture at the World Cup in the 13 place play-off on Wendsday 26 February.

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