Scotland XI lose close encounter against NWD
The Scotland XI was back in action yesterday against the now familiar North West Dragons at Potchefstroom for a 50 over match.
Middlesex’s, Josh Davey was the stand out performer for the Saltires, with both bat and ball, as the Scotland XI were given the opportunity to bat first on a relatively flat pitch.
Davey’s pragmatic approach to batting has impressed Saltire fans over the past few seasons, and he again demonstrated good placement with excellent timing to contribute 95 runs to the Scottish total.
Young Aberdonian, Michael Leask displayed the talent that has seen him tipped for full representative honours with a very handy 36 to set the Dragons a total of 239-9.
Safyaan Sharif started brightly, as his ten over spell claimed 2 wickets for 50 runs, while spinner Majid Haq pulled the Dragons’ chase back with 3 scalps to his name.
Davey’s 9-over spell then looked to given the visitors a real chance of winning the match, taking 4-49 and setting up a close finish.
The Dragons eventually managed to scrape past the Scottish total with just 2 wickets and a couple of overs remaining, to leave Steindl’s men still looking for their first victory during their current tour of South Africa.
After the match coach Steindl said, “Davey batted sensibly and his shot selection was good, it was a shame that he couldn’t get his century.”
Steindl concluded, ”We definitely feel we should have got over the line, I’m sure a few more contributions from the batsmen would have seen us get there.”
The Scotland XI take on the North West Dragons in another 50 over encounter today (24 October).