Scotland XI complete win over UAE in Hampshire

28 May

Day 3: Scotland 431/8 dec & 191/4 dec beat UAE XI 73 & 278, by 275 runs.
[Scorecard]

A Scotland XI completed a comprehensive victory over a UAE XI at Hampshire today by 257 runs.

The Scots managed to take all ten wickets on the final day, with Safyaan Sharif and Richie Berrington both claiming three wickets in the final innings, along with Ali Evans who picked up two scalps.

Swapnil Patil led the resistance to stroke a fine century, along with 70 from Asif Iqbal, to give the UAE hope of a draw in the three day fixture, after they had been bundled out for 73 in the first innings.

Sharif took his personal wicket tally in the match to eight when he removed Mohammed Taqir in the 94th over of the second innings, to help his side over the line. 

The win, and particularly the performance, will now give the Scots plenty of confidence going into their match against Afghanistan in the ICC Intercontinental Cup on Tuesday (2-5 June).

On the win Scotland Head Coach Grant Bradburn said, "What an excellent 3 days together as a squad. The Ageas Bowl is a great environment for cricket and our guys made the most of the quality facilities. We take away some valuable time in the middle, overs under our belt and of course it is always good to come away with a win. 

UAE are always a tough associate opponent and we know Afghanistan will be equally tough next week. With some significant individual performances from our team in the last 3 days we all now look forward to our first ICup challenge at Stirling with confidence throughout our squad."
 

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Stumps Day 2. UAE 42/0 & 73ao, Sharif 5/41, Scotland 431/8 dec & 191/4 dec - lead by 519 runs. 

A Scotland XI asserted their dominance on day two of their tour match against UAE in Hampshire, as preparations continue ahead for their clash against Afghanistan.

Michael Leask added to the Scots overnight score with a brisk 61, which prompted the declaration from Mommsen with a first innings score of 431/8.

Ali Evans claimed two early wickets, while Gavin Main and Con de Lange also struck early, as the UAE found themselves on 42/4.

Safyaan Sharif then cashed in with a five wicket haul to help bundle out the opposition for just 72.

Andrew Umeed and Hamish Gardiner seem have established a good understanding at the top of the order, as both recorded half centuries to extend the lead.

George Munsey also contributed a quick 50 from 46 deliveries before a second declaration in a day for Scotland – this time with a lead of 554.

The UAE openers negotiated their way to the end of play on day 2, with Scotland XI needing 10 wickets on the final day’s play for victory.  

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Stumps Day 1: Scotland XI 336/6 (104 overs) Mommsen 105, Gardiner 85, Umeed 68, Berrington 43, Munsey 26, Javed 3/73. [Scorecard]

Scotland XI made an encouraging start to their three day tour match against a United Arab Emirates XI in Hampshire on Tuesday (26 May). 

After being asked to bat first, Hamish Gardiner (85) and Andrew Umeed (61) opened up the innings, giving the Scots a a good foundation, putting on 148 runs for the first wicket.

Captain Preston Mommsen further enhanced his team’s position with a composed century from 137 balls, in an innings that contained 17 fours and a six.

Richie Berrington provided support with 43 before becoming one of Amjed Javed’s three scalps during a mammoth spell where he bowled 23 overs in the day.

Con de Lange edged behind late in the day, as Michael Leask and Matthew Cross saw out the final few overs, leaving Scotland XI on 339/6. 

The match is being used as a warm up ahead of the Intercontinental fixture against Afghanistan next week in Stirling. It is a non-capped match with each team playing 12.

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