Weather spoils first Scotland v Afghanistan ODI

04 Jul
Match Abandoned: Afghanistan 283/4 (47.2 ov), Shah 100, Najibullah Zadran 89.

Scottish weather forced the first One Day International between Scotland and Afghanistan to be abandoned with 16 balls left in the first innings. 

After winning the toss Scotland elected to bowl first and were rewarded with the early wicket of Noor Ali as a Brad Wheal delivery took the outside edge to Matthew Cross behind the stumps. 

Mohammad Shahzad survived a strong LBW appeal off the bowling of Alasdair Evans, who was making his 50th appearance for his country. 

The tussle between the two continued; Shahzad looked to be gaining the upper hand, plundering 3 fours in the 8th over before the big seam bowler gained revenge dismissing his man in-front for 26.

The Scots managed to remove Ahmadi (39) and the dangerous captain Ashgar Stanikazai (20), but the rain then intervened to cause a lengthy delay.

The weather did eventually clear as Rahmat Shah (100) and Najibullah Zadrhan (89) pushed Afghanistan towards a strong final few overs. 

Shah was to reach his maiden ODI century with a single to mid-on following a composed showing at the crease. 

The rain was soon to return, and this time there was to be no respite. Proceedings were ended when umpires Ian Ramage and Mark Hawthorn decided it wasn’t going to stop. 

At the conclusion Scotland Coach Grant Bradburn, said, “Afghanistan pose a big threat and they showed today how good they are. 

There are lots of things we’re pleased with in terms of our first 35 odd overs, and lots of things to reflect on and maybe do a bit better. 

I think 280-290 was going to be par and we certainly would have been been confident of chasing down 300 on this wicket and in these conditions. 

We’re absolutely gutted to not be able to play the second half of the game in a year where we haven’t played much cricket.”

The two teams meet again on Wednesday. 10:45 start time with tickets priced at £10 adults, £5 OAPs, Students, Under 16s free entry. 

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