Scotland U19s Record Opening World Cup Win

15 Feb

Mark Watt claimed 2/23Papua New Guinea 108 (36.3 overs), R McLean 3-15, C Gosain 3-17, lost to Scotland 110-4 (29.4 overs) Z Muir 39*, N Farrar 26, by six wickets [Scorecard] 

Scotland U19s kick-started their U19 World Cup campaign with a win against Papa New Guinea at the Global Cricket Academy Oval in Dubai on Saturday.

PNG won the toss and elected to bat first.  It was a decision that they may have regretted after the initial 20 overs, as Scotland came out firing to claim 5 wickets for just 61 runs.

It was clear that the slow track favoured the spinners with Chayank Gosain dismissing both openers, although the seam bowling of Gavin Main and Abdul Sabri did pick up a wicket each while the ball was still relatively new.

The young Scots ensured the pressure was kept firmly on their opponents with Gosain, Ross McLean and Mark Watt all bowling accurate spells to bowl PNG out for 108 in the 37th over.

PNG were given fresh hope at the start of the Scotland innings by reducing Scotland to 24/3 after 10.6 overs. Zander Muir, who had suffered a head injury a few days before, kept his composure, and together with Nick Farrar, rebuilt the innings.

Scotland support at the match

Farrar was caught and bowled by Kabua Vagi Morea for 26, but Muir (39*) and Kyle Stirling (17*) ensured no more wickets would fall, giving Scotland a 6 wicket win.

After the match Craig Wright said, “It was a comfortable win in the end which was set up by a disciplined bowling performance by the spinners.

We would’ve liked to have been a bit more ruthless chasing a low total, but we finished off well and can look forward to the match against India on Monday.”

Scotland will play the current U19 World Champions, India, on Monday with the match being broadcast live on Sky Sports from 5:30am GMT. 

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