Scots make it 3 from 3 in Desert T20
Oman 133 (20/20 ov) Sharif 3/33, Watt 2/23, de Lange 2/23, lost to Scotland 134/3 (19.0/20 ov) Cross 47, MacLeod 35* by 7 wickets [Scorecard]
Oman captain Sultan Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first at the Dubai International stadium for the final Group B game of the inaugural Desert T20.
Scotland claimed an early breakthrough when Arun Poulose was dismissed LBW in the third over by Mark Watt. The spinner was to claim his second wicket of the innings two overs later as Calum MacLeod held on to a catch at long-on from Zeeshan Maqsood.
Oman negotiated their way past 50 before losing Khwar Ali when he was clean bowled by the wily de Lange. The next delivery saw an attempted single, only for the athletic Richie Berrington to run out Aqib Ilyas for 19.
Khurram Narwaz top scored with 23 before he drove a Safyaan Sharif delivery into the hands of Kyle Coetzer at mid-off.
Chris Sole, on his T20I debut, bowled with good pace and was unfortunate not to collect a wicket as several caught behind appeals were turned down.
Scotland finished the innings well, Sharif was pick of the bowlers and almost collected a hat-trick after executing two yorkers to bowl Nadeem and Kaleemullah in consecutive deliveries, but unfortunately the hat-trick delivery took the outside edge and flew down third-man for four.
Oman concluded their innings on 133 as Matthew Cross threw down the stumps from the final delivery of the 20 overs.
Coetzer and George Munsey set about the target, taking the score to 43, before the captain was dismissed LBW as he looked to work the ball into the leg-side for 25.
A spectacular one-handed caught and bowled accounted for Munsey as a leaping Khawar Ali plucked the ball out of the air as the batsman drove straight down the ground.
Cross and MacLeod the put on a partnership worth 71 in 8 overs. Cross favoured going over mid-wicket, while MacLeod swept with a purpose – both worked the ball well into the gaps, while unleashing the occasional lusty blow to take the game away from Oman.
Cross was unfortunate not to get his half-century as he fell 3 runs short, but MacLeod stayed until the end, and together with Wallace, saw the Scots home with ease after 19 overs.
After the match captain Coetzer said, “I think we’re still yet to peak, we’re playing some good cricket and we’ve done the job so far, but still think there’s a little bit in the tank yet and think it will be good to see guys express themselves in an exciting finals day. My experience of finals day is always great, and hopefully tomorrow will be no different.”
“Ireland are a fine side, we’ve got to be on our game and take the attack to them.” The captain concluded.
Scotland v Ireland will take place at 2:30pm GST (10:30 GMT) tomorrow at Dubai Stadium, entry is free.
Photos by Chris Whiteoak