Scotland win thriller at Lord's

22 Apr

MCC 149 all out (37.1 overs) Perren 27, Maiden 23, Kerr 24, Wardlaw 8-2-27-3, Evans 10-2-29-3 lost to Scotland 152/9 (46.1 overs) MacLeod 23, Umeed 21, Haq 28*, by 1 wicket [Scorecard]

Members of the Scotland squad prepared for their ODI against England on May 9th with a warm up against the MCC at an overcast Lord’s ground on Tuesday.

The fixture was an opportunity for a number of players to push their case for inclusion against the ‘Auld Enemy’ with several regular players on county duty. It was a senior debut for Andrew Umeed, who impressed at the recent U19 World Cup.

After winning the toss captain Calum MacLeod elected to bowl first in an attempt to try and extract some seam movement from the conditions.

As MacLeod would have hoped, his bowlers gave the Scots a sprightly start, with Iain Wardlaw and Safyaan Sharif dismissing both opening batsmen, caught behind by Cross, inside the first 7 overs, with the score on 32/2.

Former Scotland all-rounder Gregor Maiden made 23, and together with Perren, helped to move the score to 76 before the latter was clean bowled by Evans, with a delivery that nipped back.

Maiden was undone by an accurate Wardlaw yorker, before Harvey edged an Evans delivery behind for 4. Evans soon claimed two more quick wickets after House well caught by a running Andrew Umeed, then trapping Dutch in-front for 5.

With the MCC in a spot of bother, Jamie Kerr, a former Scotland international strode towards the crease to lead the recovery. His 25, together with Barrett’s 19 runs, helped push the score towards respectability.

Gordon Goudie entered the bowling attack, and quickly dismissed both of the set batsmen. Sharif ended the MCC innings with a brilliant delivery, which again took the outside edge, to give Cross his fifth catch of the innings, as the MCC set Scotland 149 to win.

Calum MacLeod struck a quick-fire 23 from 15 deliveries until he was clean bowled by Anderson. Cross fell in the same manner a few overs later for 12, as Scotland were reduced to 52/2.

Andrew Umeed batted patiently for his 21 runs, but Scotland continued to lose wickets cheaply. Craig Wallace was trapped LBW for 0, and was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Sharif, Leask and Goudie to put the MCC within touching distance of victory.

It was left to Iain Wardlaw and Majid Haq to help get Scotland back on track. Wardlaw hoisted a maximum into the Grandstand, before finding the boundary with an on-drive.

Kopelman dislodged Wardlaw, LBW, for 16 with Alasdair Evans joining Haq to try and see the Scots home.

A nervy period of play took place as Scotland took no risks, while the wily off-spin of Gregor Maiden tried in vain to claim the final wicket needed for victory.

Evans did his job with the bat holding up an end (5* from 26 deliveries) allowing Haq to flick the ball through square-leg for the winning runs - his stoic batting effort of 28* from 75 deliveries proved vital in ensuring Scotland claimed a 1 wicket win in a low-scoring thriller. 

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