U19s defeat Fiji in final warm up fixture

24 Jan

Scotland U19s 192/8 (36/36 ov) Johnston 53, McCreath 36, Shah 35, beat Fiji Under-19s 171 (31.3/36 ov) Maraiwai 57, Aslam 4/39, by 21 runs [Scorecard]

Scotland’s under 19 cricketers concluded their final warm up fixture with a win over Fiji in an entertaining contest in the Outer ground in Fatullah, Bangladesh. 

The match was reduced to a 36 overs a side after dense fog had prevented the start of the game after Neil Flack won the toss and elected to bat first. 

Fiji made a positive start with the ball, as Jack Charters removed Jack Waller and Azeem Dar and lost captain Flack for 1, to leave Scotland on 33/3.

Owais Shah (35) Finlay McCreath (36) helped push the score along, but it was a fine 53 from Rory Johnston which got Scotland to a total which they could defend, eventually finishing on 192/8. 

Delaimatuku Maraiwai looked in fine touch as Fiji started their reply. He quickly made his way to a half century - smashing three sixes on the way. At the other end, however, the bowlers were claiming regular wickets. 

Some big hitting from the Fijian batsman kept the Scots on their toes, and with the score on 122/6 they knew victory wasn’t far away. 

There did look to be twist in the tail as number 10 batsman Yakabi helped himself to 22 runs from the 31st over. 

Fiji now only required 22 runs with two wickets remaining, but Mitchell Rao would ensure victory was sealed in the following over with two quick scalps, giving Scotland the win by 21 runs. 

Harris Aslam bowled with great guile, claiming 4/39 and was well supported by Rao (3/22) and Dar (2/18). 

The Scots now prepare for their first World Cup fixture on Thursday against Namibia in Cox’s Bazar. 

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