Watling and Elliott blitz Scotland
New Zealand A 347/6 (50 overs) Watling 119*, Elliott 109 beat Scotland 147ao, Berrington 42, Murphy 31*by 199 runs [Scorecard]
Matt Machan correctly called his first toss as Scotland captain and elected to field first against a strong New Zealand side packed with Test talent.
George Munsey received his first cap for Scotland in the presentation before the match commenced, under the blue skies at a picturesque looking Cambusdoon.
The home side would have been pleased with their start as Anton Devchich edged a fine delivery by Alasdair Evans through to David Murphy.
The dangerous Hamish Rutherford was dismissed when he was caught at mid-off by Machan from Safyaan Sharif’s bowling with the score on 48.
Dean Brownlie looked composed as he made his way to 40, before chopping a Majid Haq delivery onto his stumps.
The Scots, who had started with a good display of tight bowling and fielding, then claimed another wicket – Evans striking the pads of Daryl Mitchell for 2 – as Scotland looked to be asserting a firm foothold in proceedings, as the Blackcaps found themselves on 139/5 in the 29th over.
It was then that BJ Watling and Grant Elliott took the game by the scruff of the neck with a sixth wicket stand of 185 runs in a mere 19 overs, which started watchfully but ended in destructive fashion.
Elliott made his way to three figures from 100 deliveries, with seven 4s and two 6s, as his captain provided the support - stroking three fours on the way to his respective 50.
The boundaries were now flowing as the pair entertained the Ayrshire crowd with some brutal hitting to all parts of the ground.
Elliott was caught on the leg-side fence by Hamish Gardiner, but Watling continued his assault. His second 50 runs was compiled in a mere 13 deliveries - reaching the landmark with a mighty straight six - to complete a sparkling century.
Watling ended the innings with a huge six to end with an unbeaten 119 from 71 balls, and included 9 fours and 7 sixes. The Blackcaps A would complete their 50 overs on a mammoth 347/6.
The Scotland innings didn’t get off to a great start as Hamish Gardiner and Machan both departed LBW by Matt Henry with 26 runs on the board.
The Scotland innings then jolted with a flurry of wickets, as Munsey (16), Wallace (5) and Haq (0) were all well caught behind the wicket.
Michael Leask struck an entertaining 20 before he fell to a brilliant one handed catch by Sodhi on the boundary, after his pull shot looked certain to be heading over the rope.
Berrington looked in good form as he compiled 42, including a six over mid-off, until he was stuck on the boot by a well-directed yorker by Kuggeleijn.
David Murphy finished with 31*, but Evans and Wardlaw both edged behind as the captain, Watling, completed a fine day with four catches to go with his century.
Scotland Head Coach Grant Bradburn said, “I think today we showed that we are lacking this type of high-level cricket at the moment, and has acted as a reminder of where we need to be.
I think for 35 overs we used the conditions well and bowled smartly, but when they applied the pressure we didn’t execute our plans well enough which created the situation that it seemed like a lop-sided game.
We were missing a few of our first team guys today, but that has created an opportunity for others to show they can perform at this level throughout this series.”
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