Wash out gives Scotland 2-0 series win in Bready
A final game washout took no gloss off victory for Scotland as they lifted the trophy to celebrate a 2-0 T20I series victory over Ireland at Bready Cricket Club.
Twice in three days Scotland chased down Ireland, winning by six wickets on both occasions and with plenty to spare, in no small part thanks to 108 runs from Matt Cross, who was deservedly named Man of the Series.
Grant Bradburn was effusive in his praise for side, and grateful for the invaluable chance to gel the team.
“The biggest positive has been spending some valuable time together as a group. We don’t always get the opportunity to be together with some plays down with their counties so to play an away series this close to the qualifiers is just gold,” said Bradburn
“Bready have been fantastic. They’ve done what they could to get the games happening. It was great that we were able to get a game in yesterday.
“You feel for the club because they’re obviously very compassionate cricket folk here and they’ve done all they can to get us on.”
It was a squad with more youth than experience which had travelled to Ireland, with a number of players making their debut in T20Is, but there was no question the team executed perfectly when the weather gave them the chance.
“We’ve played exactly how we’ve planned to play and it’s been nice to roll that refreshing new style out on the park, and it’s been great that the guys have expressed themselves,” Bradburn added.
“We’ve got a huge amount of skill in the side and we’re excited by the balance and the options that we have but it also relies on the guys doing their job and getting their positive mindset on, and applying themselves and that’s exactly what they’ve done.
“It’s been really pleasing to see the attitude of no fear, and also the attitude of expression.”
The coach will now have some tough decisions to make ahead of Scotland’s opening game against the UAE, which falls on July 9 at The Grange.