Scotland win final warm up match

28 Feb

Kyle CoetzerA Scotland XI took to the field in their final warm up match in Dubai earlier today as they played the UAE Blues before their first encounter against Afghanistan on Sunday evening.

After winning the toss the Scotland XI opted to field first and put their opponents in on testing wicket.

Neil Carter and Safyaan Sharif both picked up early wickets to put the UAE Blues on the back-foot after 10 overs, leaving them on 31/2.

Things got worse for the hosts as Josh Davey and Matt Machan both took wickets in the first over of their respective spells, while Rob Taylor’s left –arm action claimed another two wickets to plunge the Blues into further trouble at 66/6.

Only Khurram Khan (28*) and Azam (34*) offered any resistance to the Scottish attack, before a short burst from Moneeb Iqbal at the end saw off the UAE Blues lower order, spinning figures of 3-22 from 4.2 overs to bowl their opponents out for 140 in the 34th over.

The Scotland XI’s innings didn’t start much better than the Blues, losing early wickets, and found themselves on 50/5 after the first 15 overs.

Kyle Coetzer, again showed his class as he majestically batted Scotland XI out of trouble, and along with Moneeb Iqbal, took Scotland past the 100 mark in the 26th over.

Coetzer reached his half century with Scotland on 117/6 in the 29th over, and it wasn’t long before the pair cruised passed the total in the 33rd over with Iqbal 26* and Coetzer 75*.

After the game Scotland captain, Gordon Drummond said, “It was another good victory today. Another solid bowling performance and Kyle batted really well, all the players are really looking forward to getting stuck into the T20s and World Cricket League matches now.”

The Scots will now return to Sharjah for their first T20 fixture which will be a day/night affair on Sunday.

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