Scotland U19s defeat Netherlands in WCQ

04 Aug

Sco v HollandNetherlands U19 139 (49.5 overs), N Farrar 4-17
Scotland U19 140-8 (48.1 overs) Muir 63 Scotland won by 2 wickets [Scorecard]

Scotland u19s completed their second win in as many days in a low-scoring match against Holland in Rotterdam on Saturday (3 August) as their World Cup Qualifying campaign gained momentum. 

Holland won the toss and elected to bat first on another warm and pleasant day. After the opening pairing of Rahill Ahmed and Mansesh and guided the home side to a steady start reaching 35/0.

Seam bowler Nick Farrar then sparked panic in the ranks of the batting side taking 4 quick wickets. Alex Baum was also in inspired form behind the stumps and found himself involved in three of the wickets to fall, with a catch and two key stumpings. 

Gavin main bowled with good pace, claiming two wickets, while Mark Watt produced a good spell of spin bowling to claim figures of 23/2. 

Eventually the Dutch would find themselves all out in the final over of their allocated 50 for 139 with Asad Zulfiqar finishing as top scorer with 24.

Scotland would have hoped that their chase would have been a straight forward one. All seemed to be going well as openers Ross McLean and Andrew Umeed started off by putting on 21 for the loss of no wicket. 

Scotland wickets kept on falling as they made progress towards the total as Andrew Umeed (18*), Kyle Stirling (12*) and Nick Farrar (11*) all made double figures but couldn’t kick on. 

Scotland’s number 4 batsmen Zander Muir was to become the Scotland hero. The Grange batsman compiled a hard hitting 63 as the match went down to the wire.

Gavin Main (8*) provided support at the other end as the pair put on a vital 31. Although when he and Lyle Hill both departed with the score on 131, Holland only required another 2 wickets to pull off a remarkable comeback. 

Muir (63*) ensured Scotland would remain the only unbeaten team in the tournament with a four during the penultimate over of the match to end a dramatic game. 

The Scots will now resume their campaign against Denmark on Monday as the bid to reach the ICC U19 World Cup in the UAE in 2014.

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